Today’s guest columnist is Eli Cohen.
When I first saw that Amazon’s biggest unionization effort to date was taking place here in Birmingham, I couldn’t believe what I was reading.
I grew up in Birmingham. Even as a child, I was politically involved, travelling to Montgomery to visit lawmakers at the capital, and later to learn the dark sides of our history at the Equal Justice Initiative.
Continue reading Stunning that Amazon’s groundbreaking union vote is in Birmingham
Today’s guest columnist is Terry Barr.
Last week my wife and I ordered some Thai food from one of our neighborhood go-to cafes. We aren’t eating in restaurants until we all get a better handle and some perspective on this pandemic.
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Today’s guest columnist is Eli Cohen.
The holidays during Covid-19 are going to be different. Holiday shopping will be as well. The company with the most to gain is Amazon.
But here in Birmingham, they have a new and highly unexpected obstacle—a union election.
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Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer Andress.
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I’m writing on behalf of a group of elected officials from disparate Jefferson County cities that are doing what many people might have thought impossible.
Continue reading JeffCo city councilors do the unexpected
ComebackTown is published by David Sher for a more prosperous Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Jennifer Andress . If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here .
If you have lived in the Birmingham area for any length of time, you know its greatest limitation: 35 municipalities in Jefferson County alone.
That’s 35 separate governments, duplicating services to its citizens and operating for each’s own well-being.
Continue reading Councilors from Mtn. Brook, Hoover, Vestavia, B’ham, Bessemer and Homewood take action
Homewood City Hall
Homewood is hot!
Homewood has great schools, beautiful neighborhoods and friendly people. It’s convenient to just about everything and has a booming downtown. It seems like a new restaurant opens there every month.
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John Lyda, Hoover City Councilor
ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Hoover City Councilor John Lyda . If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here .
Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on October 23rd. Three days later the proposal to move UAB Medical West to Hoover fell through and the hospital administration decided to build in McCalla on property it previously purchased.
The conversation of regional cooperation has been commonplace in the Birmingham metro area for decades, its roots traced back to the beginning of the urban sprawl that flourished in the 50’s, 60’s, and continuously since then.
Regrettably, the phrase “regional cooperation” has most often been rhetoric used in political campaigns, master planning processes, and feel good speeches.
Continue reading Hoover can be a bold leader or greedy neighbor
It’s a beautiful sunny day.
You work downtown and make plans to meet a friend at the Summit for lunch.
You drive onto the 3
rd Avenue North entrance ramp of the Red Mountain Expressway. Continue reading 13 Jeffco cities wasting your money–risking your life
Boxes move along a conveyor belt at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Would Alabama football fans be excited if Nick Saban led Alabama to a last place finish in the SEC?
Would there be a parade?
Would there be cheering?
Would Bama fans be slapping each other on the back and celebrating?
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