Tag Archives: Birmingham

Downtown was bustling–then COVID-19

Today’s guest columnist is Sue Johnson.

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Ten years ago this September my husband, Jimmy, and I moved downtown to live and to start a new venture.

We bought an historic old building that we completely restored to hold our loft and our small business, Dog Days of Birmingham. Continue reading Downtown was bustling–then COVID-19

An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

Lightning
An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

A savvy business friend made an observation about Birmingham’s economic future that really got my attention.

But before I disclose what he said, please review a list of Birmingham’s largest companies to determine what you think they all have in common. Continue reading An epiphany about Birmingham’s economic future

How Birmingham can avoid a brawl

Jefferson County Justice is Blind Mural
Justice is Blind Mural at Jefferson County Courthouse

Our Alabama legislature screams bloody murder when the federal government passes legislation that overrides Alabama’s wishes.

Our legislators proclaim liberty and states’ rights—yet they rule our cities with an iron hand that deny them the ability to govern.

Gov. Kay Ivey just signed a bill requiring cities to get legislative approval for new occupational taxes, blocking a 1% tax passed by the Montgomery City Council last month. Continue reading How Birmingham can avoid a brawl

The ingenious idea that could change the perception of B’ham forever!

DNA Helix Tower
DNA Helix Tower

Today’s guest columnist is Vance Wesson.

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Seattle has the Space Needle… Dallas–the Reunion Tower.

Visit the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio or the Calgary Tower in Alberta Canada.

Wow! What an experience!

But all of them, including the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, and the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls are similar in design. Continue reading The ingenious idea that could change the perception of B’ham forever!

I was furious when we moved to B’ham: Roy Wood, Jr. of Comedy Central

Roy Wood, Jr. (Photo by Jill Friedman)
Roy Wood, Jr. at Alabama Bicentennial (Photo by Jill Friedman)

Today’s guest blogger is Roy Wood, Jr.

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I was furious when we moved to Birmingham.

Absolutely furious!

Like most 2nd graders I had my network of friends. I was cool with the local guy at the corner store who gave me extra candy and I‘d finally earned a starting position on the little league team.  Continue reading I was furious when we moved to B’ham: Roy Wood, Jr. of Comedy Central

Texan married into a family feud when he moved to Birmingham

Joe Adams
Joe Adams

Today’s guest blogger is Joe Adams.

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A while back, my good friend Bill Ivey wrote a piece for ComebackTown about the history of Birmingham that recounted the elitists, racists, and snake-oil salesmen who built Birmingham.

It provided a great bibliography, with histories that told the story of how Birmingham was established. After more than a decade here, I’m still learning about the place I now call home.

It’s a lot to ponder. Continue reading Texan married into a family feud when he moved to Birmingham

At long last Birmingham students have options

Felicia Huntley
Felicia Huntley

Today’s guest blogger is Felicia Huntley.

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I wish the same thing for my son as you wish for yours.

I want for my son to have a chance in life.

I know he will never be successful without a quality education.

I live within the city limits of Birmingham, and up until now, parents have had very few educational options for their children. Continue reading At long last Birmingham students have options

Author of ‘Why we escaped the Mtn. Brook bubble’ has second thoughts

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.

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I questioned the diversity of our suburbs when I wrote, “Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble.”

But, two recent events have given me pause for reflection. Continue reading Author of ‘Why we escaped the Mtn. Brook bubble’ has second thoughts

Can our suburbs survive if B’ham’s a donut hole?

DonutEditor’s note: ComebackTown’s celebrating its 8th anniversary.  I thought it might be insightful to republish the very first piece (Jan. 3, 2012). Since publication, the City of Birmingham’s population has stabilized…and our region’s making great  progress–all good news! Continue reading Can our suburbs survive if B’ham’s a donut hole?