Chattanooga saw the future and acted.
Now it’s Birmingham’s turn.
While we’re in the midst of a pandemic, it’s time for Birmingham to stop, take a breath, and develop a bold vision.
Continue reading What Birmingham can learn from a once dirty smoggy neighbor
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.
to get legislative approval for new occupational taxes, blocking a 1% tax passed by the Montgomery City Council last month. Gov. Kay Ivey just signed a bill requiring cities Continue reading How Birmingham can avoid a brawl
STAR ID driver license
It was an inconvenient and unnecessary experience—and proof that at least one Alabama government agency doesn’t care about its citizens.
I called and immediately got a busy signal.
Continue reading Held hostage and powerless in Shelby County
I’m not sure I appreciated it at the time, but it was a big deal.
The year was 2010 and the event was the opening of Railroad Park.
You would expect William Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, to be one of the speakers, but next to him was Tony Petelos, the then mayor of Hoover. Mayor Petelos spoke enthusiastically about the new park and the future of our Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area.
Continue reading Hoover leadership showing courage and vision
Vestavia Hills Fire Department Station #1
Our Birmingham region is the epicenter of duplication and waste.
We have dozens of government departments and agencies doing the same thing.
ComebackTown has written about this before, but missed a major duplication.
Continue reading A jail for every Jefferson County politician
Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson
Today’s guest blogger is Hoyt Sanders.
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A number of Jefferson County mayors
to combat “poaching” of businesses between cities and to pursue long-term economic growth for our region. signed a pact this year Continue reading Jefferson County mayor does the right thing
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
Jefferson County Mayors’ Association Meeting, October 17, 2018
What’s going on in America?
Everyone seems to be divided.
No one seems to want to cooperate to achieve common goals.
Continue reading Pinch me! Is this really Birmingham?
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
Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover at BBJ Mayors’ Roundtable (photo courtesy BBJ)
There’s an old joke about the highly addicted smoker who complains, “I’ve
read so much about the dangers of smoking that I’ve decided to quit reading.
That is how I feel about Nashville.
I read story after story about Nashville’s continued economic successes—recruiting companies—large and small to their city.
Continue reading Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break