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What we can learn from Vestavia Hills

Spouts' abandoned retail space on Highway 31 Vestavia Hills
Sprouts’ abandoned retail space Highway 31 Vestavia Hills

I publish an article about our Birmingham region every week, but this piece affects me more directly since I live in Vestavia Hills.

It also impacts my wallet since I spend a lot of money in my community and Vestavia raised our sales taxes from 9 to 10% last year. Continue reading What we can learn from Vestavia Hills

Pinch me! Is this really Birmingham?

Jefferson County Mayors' Association Meeting, October 17, 2018
Jefferson County Mayors’ Association Meeting, October 17, 2018

What’s going on in America?

Everyone seems to be divided.

Republican/ Democrat

White/Black

Conservative/Liberal

Rich/Poor

No one seems to want to cooperate to achieve common goals. Continue reading Pinch me! Is this really Birmingham?

Confusion in Mtn. Brook, Vestavia, Homewood, & Birmingham

Traffic accidentI 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

Why we should worry about what’s happening to Hoover

Galleria in HooverYou’ve probably had the misfortune of noticing a few ants crawling around in your kitchen cabinet.

This is almost always a tell-tale sign that there are a lot more ants nearby.

That’s what we’re beginning to see with Hoover.
Continue reading Why we should worry about what’s happening to Hoover

Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses

Gardendale High School
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

Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills show leadership

Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook
Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook

I’m almost shell shocked.

I was flipping through the pages of the Over the Mountain Journal, when I saw the headline, “Hitting on all cylinders—Mountain Brook Mayor Welch Lays Out His Plans for 2018.”

The mayor of Mountain Brook, as you might expect, discussed his efforts to help Mountain Brook merchants and restaurants.

But then Mayor Welch, a longtime financial executive, went off in a completely and unexpected direction. Continue reading Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills show leadership

Confronted by a Vestavia man

Publix Vestavia Hills
Publix Vestavia Hills

It’s uncomfortable to talk about race.

It seems that most whites don’t like to discuss race–and neither do some blacks.

However, how can we have an intelligent conversation about Birmingham without race when race is almost always the central issue?

Last week I was wheeling my shopping cart through the produce section of Publix in Vestavia Hills when I was confronted by a casual acquaintance. Continue reading Confronted by a Vestavia man