Tag Archives: Birmingham

Why a Birmingham man wants to be called ‘Elephant Man’

Bryan Council
Bryan Council

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Bryan Council.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

There’s never been a neighborhood in Birmingham that’s gone through a more drastic transformation than Avondale.

A few years ago some people outside the community would have been afraid to get out of their cars. Continue reading Why a Birmingham man wants to be called ‘Elephant Man’

Alabama must think we’re chumps (and we are)

I-20 /59 Bridge Project
I-20 /59 Bridge Project

Do you have any idea what’s about to hit us?

D Day is October 1st, 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)

This Homewood millennial’s commute will surprise you!

Mike Mahon
Mike Mahon

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Mike Mahon.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

My name is Mike Mahon.

My wife and I live in Homewood.

I grew up in the Birmingham area, graduated from the University of Virginia, and work as an investment banker in downtown Birmingham.

I’m an ordinary guy—but a recent improvement to my day-to-day routine has been raising a surprising amount of curiosity from people. Continue reading This Homewood millennial’s commute will surprise you!

We need to have a tough conversation…

Tripp Watson
Tripp Watson

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Tripp Watson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

It’s time for a tough conversation about Birmingham. I know that we have been putting this off for a while, but time is running out. Continue reading We need to have a tough conversation…

Birmingham may be best city in America

Best in AmericaThe national media is having a love affair with Birmingham.

The Washington Post recently wrote, “With revitalized neighborhoods and a ramped-up food culture, Alabama’s largest city boldly returns to the stage…”

The New York Times quickly followed, “You’ll find a city (Birmingham) experiencing an electrifying revival. Creative entrepreneurs are returning home…”

Birmingham is having so much positive press lately–it’s almost become boring.

But then 24/7 Wall Street dropped a bomb on us. Continue reading Birmingham may be best city in America

Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble

Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger
Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest bloggers are husband and wife Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Having lived much of our lives outside of the City, why move into the City?

We’ve made our livings in the City of Birmingham, but so do many other non-residents.

So, what compelled us to want to make the City our home?

First, and foremost, we were done being in the suburban bubble.  Continue reading Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble

The letter everyone in Homewood & Mountain Brook should read

Letter to Homewood & Mountain BrookBirmingham and Atlanta were about the same size in 1950.

Have you ever wondered why Atlanta grew and Birmingham stagnated?

In 1959, the Mayor of Atlanta sent us a letter spelling out how Birmingham could be a great city.

We paid no attention.

Continue reading The letter everyone in Homewood & Mountain Brook should read

What Birmingham can learn from Ruben Studdard

Willie Chriesman
Willie Chriesman

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 14 years since Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken to win Season 2 of American Idol.

Studdard, known as the ‘Velvet Teddy Bear,’ was memorable for his ‘205’ printed t-shirts.

Yes, a charismatic young man who grew up singing in church choirs around Birmingham and played football for Huffman High was singing the praises of Birmingham on national TV…and we loved him for it. Continue reading What Birmingham can learn from Ruben Studdard

Mountain Brook builds wall—demands Vestavia pay for it!

Bridge along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
Bridge along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook

A good friend and I walk the Jemison Trail every week.

The Jemison Trail is a quiet peaceful path that winds along Shades Creek in Mountain Brook.

Recently we noticed a new walking bridge had been constructed along the trail.

I remarked that the bridge must have cost a lot of money. Continue reading Mountain Brook builds wall—demands Vestavia pay for it!