Let’s flush 5.27 million dollars down the toilet

I’m sure you saw the headlines…

Birmingham considering $5.27 million in tax breaks to keep Serra Automotive in town

“Tracey Morant-Adams, the city’s economic development director, said the city faces competition from nearby suburbs, including Trussville, necessitating action from Birmingham. The proposed project agreement also notes that competition Continue reading Let’s flush 5.27 million dollars down the toilet

Article on Birmingham will make you vomit

I received an e-mail from a good friend, Henry Long, with a link to an article about Birmingham that made me sick to my stomach.

It was an American Thinker piece titled “Civil Rights and the Collapse of Birmingham, Ala.” written by John Bennett.

It made me ill not only because the article was being read all over the world, but the author totally mangled the facts. Continue reading Article on Birmingham will make you vomit

A proposal for pishier

Pishier’s image on al.com

I was warned by my friends about the commenters on al.com when I first began publishing ComebackTown.

They suggested I not read the comments and certainly not to take them personally.  I was told, “They are a bunch of crazies who have nothing better to do than spout nonsense to make themselves feel important.” Continue reading A proposal for pishier

VJ Graffeo dreams of Birmingham being an “it” city

 

V.J. Graffeo

Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on creating better government for our region.

Today’s guest blogger is V.J Graffeo, a young professional.

I’m a Birmingham homer.  I drink the Magic City Kool-Aid in such excess that I am often blind to our blemishes, dreaming that perhaps that just one day, we will transform into an “it” city.  Continue reading VJ Graffeo dreams of Birmingham being an “it” city

Judge Scott Vowell tells it like it is

Judge Scott Vowell

Birmingham’s always been called the “city of potential promise,” but our metro area continues to struggle.

Our children are leaving.  Our largest companies are abandoning us.   And we’re experiencing little or no growth.

Birmingham is beautiful; we have smart and generous people; and we’re located in the heart of the South.

How can we fail? Continue reading Judge Scott Vowell tells it like it is

Is John Rogers a nut?

State Representative John Rogers

“We’re going to fix it where they can’t get permission to go to the bathroom.” 

 This is State Representative John Roger’s warning to Jefferson County Commissioners in retaliation for their decision to discontinue in patient services at Cooper Green.

I’ve published 66 blogs this past year to begin a discussion about our dysfunctional government structure, but this trumps them all. Continue reading Is John Rogers a nut?

Metro Birmingham ranked 197th out of 200

I hear it everywhere, “Metro Birmingham’s doing fine; it’s the City of Birmingham that has problems.  Life is great in the suburbs; if the City implodes, that’s not my problem.”

If we’re all doing so great, how do you explain that the Milken Institute just named metro Birmingham one of the worst performing large cities in America? Continue reading Metro Birmingham ranked 197th out of 200

I did a back flip when the BBJ ran this piece

We started publishing the ComebackTown blog nearly a year ago to begin a discussion on improving government for metro Birmingham.

We had become completely frustrated because no community leader was willing to discuss better government.  The response was always, “That’s impossible…so let’s concentrate on something that’s doable.”  Of course, it’s impossible to achieve anything meaningful because of poor government structure.

I was beginning to think we were all alone when this editorial appeared in the Birmingham Business Journal. Continue reading I did a back flip when the BBJ ran this piece

A challenge for the Birmingham Business Alliance

Johnny Johns, Immediate past Chairman of BBA

Let’s take one incredibly hard issue and prove we can solve it

Giant headline front page,–The Birmingham News February 28, 2012,  “Let’s take one incredibly hard issue and prove we can solve it.”

The article then quotes Johnny Johns, the then  Chairman of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)…

 “Johnny Johns, the Protective Life Corp. Chairman, president and CEO, gave a call of arms of sorts when he said this to 28 political, business and civic leaders who had gathered at The Birmingham News to discuss how to tackle metro Birmingham’s most pressing problems.”

“…So we all stand off and we talk, talk, talk… Continue reading A challenge for the Birmingham Business Alliance

50 Shades of grey–successful book–maybe it will work for Birmingham

When I was growing up, Birmingham was black and white.

Blacks were required to sit in the back of the bus; there were separate restrooms and water fountains for colored and white; and the schools were segregated.

As a child I had a sense that something wasn’t quite right because one day while riding on a public bus with my mom I asked if it was okay to offer my seat to a black woman.  Her response still rings in my ear.  “David, you can’t do that–someone might hurt us.” Continue reading 50 Shades of grey–successful book–maybe it will work for Birmingham

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham