Tag Archives: Birmingham

Gun violence epidemic in parts of B’ham: View from UAB Trauma Center

Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, Director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery and Chief of the Trauma Service at UAB Hospital
Dr. Jeffrey Kerby, Director Division of Acute Care Surgery and Chief of Trauma Service at UAB Hospital

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Jeffrey Kerby.

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Something needs to be done for the communities in or around Birmingham experiencing a dramatic increase in gun violence. Continue reading Gun violence epidemic in parts of B’ham: View from UAB Trauma Center

Has my Mountain Brook friend lost his mind?

Mountain Brook Board of Education
Mountain Brook Board of Education

I was startled when I received the following e-mail from a young Mountain Brook friend…

“How do you think it would go over if I suggested an alternative proposal to direct the proposed Mountain Brook property tax increase to Birmingham City Schools?”  Continue reading Has my Mountain Brook friend lost his mind?

Jefferson County mayor does the right thing

Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson
Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson

Today’s guest blogger is  Hoyt Sanders.

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A number of Jefferson County mayors signed a pact this year to combat “poaching” of businesses between cities and to pursue long-term economic growth for our region. Continue reading Jefferson County mayor does the right thing

Birmingham mayors prove to the world we’re not bonkers

BonkersPaying attention to feedback from others with a broader point of view often offers insight.

That’s particularly true when it’s The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Brookings Institution, and the Milken Institute. Continue reading Birmingham mayors prove to the world we’re not bonkers

Mountain Brook parent thankful for living in Birmingham

Trotter Cobb
Trotter Cobb

Today’s guest blogger is  Trotter Cobb.

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As parents, we worry about this every day.

How will our special needs son react as his life unfolds and those close to him die?

This lingering anxiety came riveting home to me not too long ago when my brother-in-law, who was one of my son’s favorite uncles, died. They were together a lot. My brother-in-law Andrew was a formative influence on Trot, who is 22 years old. Continue reading Mountain Brook parent thankful for living in Birmingham

Birmingham not worst place to live in America

View of Homewood from the top of the Mountain in Vestavia Hills
View of Homewood from Vestavia Hills overlook

I’m sick and tired of some people saying how bad Birmingham is.

I love our Birmingham region!

I constantly meet folks, who move here ‘kicking and screaming,’ but later refuse out of state job opportunities and retire here. Continue reading Birmingham not worst place to live in America

Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

Today’s guest blogger is  Bill Ivey.

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For a moment, let’s assume a few things about the Birmingham metro area.

That the Birmingham mayor and council are the best we’ve had in generations.

That the Jefferson County Commission is in peak form. Continue reading Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

Birmingham: The next ‘it’ city by thinking small

V.J. Graffeo
V.J. Graffeo

Today’s guest blogger is V.J. Graffeo.

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Birmingham’s homegrown success stories like Shipt and large-scale development investments such as the new Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer deservingly gain headlines due to the excitement of the massive economic benefits created.  Continue reading Birmingham: The next ‘it’ city by thinking small

What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Barbara Burton
Barbara Burton

Today’s guest blogger is Barbara Burton, President of Chalker Group, a talent acquisition firm.

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After 30 years in New York City, I had no idea what I would find moving back to Birmingham.

But what I found was totally unexpected. Continue reading What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!

The devil
Drawing by Adam Stermer

The national media continue to beat us up–First The New York Times and now The Wall Street Journal.

In December of last year, The New York Times wrote a piece subtitled, “Nashville and others are thriving…while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind.”

Continue reading Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!