Drawing by Adam Stermer
The national media continue to beat us up–First
and now The The New York Times . Wall Street Journal
In December of last year,
subtitled, “ The New York Times wrote a piece Nashville and others are thriving…while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind.”
Continue reading Gardendale, Irondale, & Fultondale: The devil made us do it!
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.
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The Reverend John Bagby
ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Reverend John Bagby . If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here .
Margaret Brown lived in Titusville, a neighborhood in Birmingham. Two months before I was born in 1949, she was hired to come and live with my family, and work in our home six days a week as a maid, or “the help,” as folks in Mountain Brook would have said back then.
Continue reading A city, a mountain, and a Tiny Kingdom
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?
Mountain Brook Village
It’s been a wild ride publishing
I never dreamed publishing a weekly blog about how to create a more prosperous Birmingham could be so challenging—but so DARN interesting!
I’ve learned so much about human nature, Birmingham, and our suburban neighbors.
Continue reading What I’ve learned about Birmingham, Mtn. Brook, & people
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
I recently published a piece titled “Mountain Brook stealing from Vestavia Hills.”
It tells about my clever Mountain Brook friend who smuggles his garbage into the trashcans of a nearby Vestavia Hills’ neighbor because Vestavia picks up garbage more often than Mountain Brook.
Continue reading Confusion in Mtn. Brook, Vestavia, Homewood, & Birmingham
It was the dark of night.
My Mountain Brook friend slipped down the stairs to his basement, opened his garage door, and quietly pushed his trash container to the street.
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Shades Creek along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
“There’s the guy who wants to get rid of Mountain Brook.”
It’s a bit unsettling, but that’s what a prominent Mountain Brook man says to me every time he sees me.
If you follow his logic, then you would assume I also would be the guy who would like to get rid of Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Trussville, and every other Jefferson County municipality.
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Gardendale High School
Rarely do you have an opportunity to read an article that clearly shows why we’ve had virtually no job growth in our metropolitan area.
Erin Edgemon of al.com recently wrote a piece about how a Jefferson County municipality took a big gamble and lost.
Continue reading Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses