I-20 /59 Bridge Project
Do you have any idea what’s about to hit us?
D Day is October 1
st, 2018—next year.
And we’re letting it happen without a whimper—because, quite frankly, it’s too late.
This is just another example how we in greater Birmingham accept our helplessness and lack of vision.
Continue reading Alabama must think we’re chumps (and we are)
I love living in Birmingham.
I love living in Alabama.
We live in a beautiful state with kind and generous people.
But the State of Alabama is just not competitive with many Southern states.
Continue reading Birmingham needs to get the hell out of Alabama
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore
I recently wrote a piece, “
Birmingham punished for being in Alabama,” where I pointed out that job growth in Birmingham and around the state has been relatively flat while other cities in the South are flourishing.
Birmingham-Hoover seven county metropolitan area has fewer people working now than we did at the beginning of the recession.
I regularly blame Birmingham’s lack of job growth on too many competing governments, but being located in Alabama is not a positive.
Continue reading Alabama: A great State unless you are black, gay, or Hispanic
Metropolitan Birmingham (Wikipedia)
One of the greatest obstacles to metropolitan Birmingham’s growth is too many competing governments, but that’s not the only deterrent.
Being located in Alabama is also an obstacle.
The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)
publishes a report that compares key economic figures of metropolitan Birmingham to eleven peer cities.
In my opinion, the most important of these key metrics is
. And metropolitan Birmingham has no more jobs than they had before the recession. job growth Continue reading Birmingham punished for being in Alabama
Alabama’s 6th Congressional District
I attended Gary Palmer’s victory celebration at the Birmingham Marriott and I was blinded by the “white.” There may have been an African-American there, but I didn’t see one. This should not be a surprise since Alabama’s 6
th Congressional District is 88.8% white and 7.7% African-American. Continue reading The worst thing to happen to America and Birmingham
Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region.
Today’s guest blogger is John Northrop.
If Birmingham is a “comeback town,” what do we want to come back to? Surely not the days and ways of Bull Conner. Nor of chain gang labor in coal mines. Nor as a mere colony in a 19 th-century steel empire.
Birmingham’s “good old days” were better for some than others. The same can be said of Alabama as a whole.
Continue reading How 155 white guys are ruining Alabama
As you may have heard a petition filed by a Chuncula resident seeking Alabama’s withdrawal from the U.S. reached 25,000 signatures and now requires a response from the White House.
The petition asks the administration to “peacefully grant the state of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.”
Well, if this is a good idea, I’ve got an even better one.
Continue reading Metro Birmingham should secede from Alabama
Senator's Shelby and Sessions are always telling Birmingham to speak with one voice
Our BBA (Chamber of Commerce) takes a trip to Washington every year to visit our Alabama Senators and Congressmen and to lobby for legislation and money.
The BBA prepares a priority agenda and typically a small group of business leaders, politicians, and staff fly to DC to make their request.
Continue reading Go home and get your act together!
I was eating lunch at Rotary and I couldn’t believe the table conversation.
A Rotarian who is also a business owner said, “I am so disappointed in Birmingham. I hope when my children graduate college they’ll move to another city where they have greater opportunities.”
Another responded, “I feel the same way. In fact, if I could move my business, I would move tomorrow.”
Continue reading We’re losing our children
Birmingham Steel Mills 1910-1919--Birmingham was known as the Pittsburgh of the South
Birmingham has always been known as a “steel” town. Now we should be known as the “steal” town.
While our peer cities are recruiting companies from other regions, we steal businesses from each another.
Continue reading Let’s spend $125 million stealing from one another