Tag Archives: Birmingham

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!

Could be the biggest day in modern Birmingham history

Jefferson County population 1970-2017
Jefferson County population 1970-2017

April 3, 2019 could be the biggest day in Birmingham history.

This is not an exaggeration.

Our region has historically been plagued with distrust and dysfunction. Continue reading Could be the biggest day in modern Birmingham history

Can professional soccer change Birmingham?

Darin White
Darin White

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

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

On March 9th full-fledged, professional soccer kicks off in Birmingham for the first time ever. The global game, that is played in 209 countries around the world, is coming to Birmingham. Continue reading Can professional soccer change Birmingham?

Pinch me! This is the new Birmingham!

Vesta on Highland Avenue in Birmingham is a 17 story apartment complex with 318 units and a 500 space parking garage
Vesta on Highland Avenue in Birmingham is a 17 story apartment complex with 318 units and a 500 space parking garage

In the mid 1980’s when I was Chairman of Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), I was asked to make some comments at the opening of one of the first loft apartment projects in downtown Birmingham.

At the time, I don’t think 150 people lived downtown. Continue reading Pinch me! This is the new Birmingham!

Let’s save Birmingham & our children

William Barnes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Urban League
William Barnes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Urban League

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

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

Birmingham Police Officer Wytasha Carter was gunned down last month.

“He lived for us, and he died for us, and I mean that.” Those were the final remarks during the funeral services of Sgt. Wytasha Carter by William White, one of the officer’s closest friends. Another life lost to our “magical streets.” Continue reading Let’s save Birmingham & our children

Who do we blame for I-20/59 shutdown?

Elevated bridges of Interstate 59/20 divide Birmingham, isolating neighborhoods and creating a clear boundary between two parts of the city.
Elevated bridges of Interstate 20/59 divide Birmingham, isolating neighborhoods and creating a clear boundary between two parts of the city.

ALDOT closed I-20/59 through downtown–and the sun came up the next day.

I don’t know if this has been a fiasco or a nonevent, but I do know it’s time we take control of our future. Continue reading Who do we blame for I-20/59 shutdown?