One hundred years from now, when historians write the history of Birmingham, 2013 will be the year they say changed everything.
Birmingham’s been called the “City of Perpetual Promise.” We’ve been described as the “Magic City” at our zenith and as the “Most segregated city in America” at our low point.
We’ve always been a great place to live, but not a great city. 2013 will be the year Birmingham begins its long-hard journey to become that great city.
Continue reading Can Birmingham get over its low self-esteem?
I graduated from U of A, love Bama football, and wish I could be paid a dollar every time I yell, “Roll Tide!”
Many of my friends are just like me; except the ones that do that “War Eagle” thing. Living in Birmingham is all about the Tide and the Tigers.
I believe it’s written in our State Constitution
Continue reading How badly is the Univ. of Ala. hurting Birmingham?
Regions Field first night fireworks
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Do you know what’s
really wrong with Birmingham?
We concentrate on our shortcomings and don’t celebrate our victories.
A funny thing happened while we were wallowing in self-pity.
Continue reading Birmingham’s back–tell the world
The Roach Motel—“the bugs check in but they don’t check out.”
I know you think this is going to be a negative piece about Birmingham, but hang in there.
One of the biggest obstacles Birmingham companies face is recruiting high level employees from out of state.
Continue reading Birmingham–like the Roach Motel
The Hess Camellia Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The year 1999 was painful for me and my family. My wife, Ina-Mae, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is located here in Birmingham. And I’m absolutely convinced Ina-Mae would not have survived without UAB.
Patients come from all over the world to visit UAB. When Ina-Mae registered with doctors at Kirklin Clinic, nurses seemed genuinely surprised we lived almost in walking distance.
Continue reading Birmingham is in the center of my heart
UAB has an annual economic impact of $4.6 billion
When our Chamber of Commerce (BBA) visited Charlotte in 2004, we were greeted by the President of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Charlotte’s a city on fire, but the first words out the President’s mouth were, “We don’t have anything like UAB.”
Can you believe a great city like Charlotte is jealous of us?
Continue reading How can we have UAB and suck?
Nashville has grown to be the fourth largest city in the Southeast
Up until a few years ago, our Chamber of Commerce (currently BBA), organized a trip of community leaders and politicians to visit other cities. They were called the “BIG Trips,” and the purpose was to learn what works in other communities.
The Chamber over a seven year period visited St. Louis (2002), Baltimore (2003), Charlotte (2004), Nashville (2005), Pittsburgh (2006), Denver (2007, and Austin (2008).
We found these trips to be fascinating. We heard about successes and we heard about failures, but it opened our eyes to the possibilities.
Continue reading Nashville spits on Birmingham