Today’s guest columnist is Jim Coker.
Birmingham hosted the World Games from July 7
th to July 17 th, 2022.
Was it worth the time and expense?
Many folks are celebrating a big victory for Birmingham.
Others are not quite so sure.
What might the impact ultimately be for Birmingham?
Continue reading World Games impact much greater than 11 day event
Today’s guest columnist is Jay Glass.
Within central Jefferson County near Forestdale there is a wooded elevated area, which at only 699 feet above sea level, belies its name of “Cat Mountain.”
It was there on June 16, 1911 that a Black man named John Holland came to his death at the hands of several white men.
Continue reading 1st time JeffCo white men executed for murder of Black
Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer Andress.
The history of the Birmingham area is a complicated one, to put it mildly.
Regional strife led to thirty-five separate competing municipalities in Jefferson County, each operating for its own benefit.
Continue reading How we’re overcoming distrust that has plagued Birmingham
A graph of Jefferson County’s population over the past 50 years looks eerily like the EKG of a dead man.
It’s a straight line that goes neither up nor down. It lays dormant like a dead body.
Unfortunately that flat line now appears to represent the good ‘ole’ days.
Continue reading How to turn around a shrinking Jefferson County
Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat, President of Jefferson County Mayors’ Association
Today’s guest columnist is Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat.
On May 19, our Jefferson County Mayors Association endorsed an agreement that has the potential to fundamentally change our region forever.
Continue reading Jeffco Mayors pull off minor miracle
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