Bridge along Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
A good friend and I walk the Jemison Trail every week.
The Jemison Trail is a quiet peaceful path that winds along Shades Creek in Mountain Brook.
Recently we noticed a new walking bridge had been constructed along the trail.
I remarked that the bridge must have cost a lot of money.
Continue reading Mountain Brook builds wall—demands Vestavia pay for it!
Old Mill in Mountain Brook
I walked into the restaurant and ran into an old Mountain Brook friend.
He greeted me with,
“There’s David Sher, Mr. Birmingham–who’s always pushing for metropolitan government…
…You know when that will happen–when hell freezes over!”
Continue reading The dreaded words Mtn. Brook and Vestavia parents don’t want to hear
Mountain Brook Board of Education
Fewer people are employed in our Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area today than in 2007.
Meanwhile cities like Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin are growing jobs exponentially.
What is wrong with us? Why can’t we compete?
Continue reading Mtn. Brook & Vestavia don’t have to give up their schools for a better Birmingham
I’m uniquely qualified to write about living in Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills.
I grew up and raised my children in Mountain Brook and about ten years ago my wife and I moved to Vestavia.
People in Birmingham– whether they live in Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, or in Trussville–want the same thing—to be around family and to have good jobs.
However, that’s more difficult in metropolitan Birmingham than in many other Southern cities.
Continue reading What folks in Mt. Brook and Vestavia are losing
I’ve lived most of my life in the over the mountain communities of Mt. Brook and Vestavia Hills. I’ve worked most of my life in the City of Birmingham—primarily downtown.
I’ve never felt unsafe in the suburbs or in Birmingham.
Thanks to the resurgence of downtown, I now often find myself downtown in the evenings. I’m usually more concerned about finding a parking place at night than I am about being a crime victim.
So it’s kind of surreal to watch a mini-crime spree unfold in Mt.Brook.
Continue reading Mt. Brook mini-crime spree
Comebacktown published by David Sher & Phyllis Neill to begin a discussion on better government for our region.
Today’s guest blogger is Katie Turpen . (We love when young professionals are guest bloggers)
Growing up within the walls of Vestavia Hills, I was lost in a strange suburbia land. I claimed the city of Birmingham but didn’t see it as my home. I was an awkward teen searching for an identity beyond my mushroom mop and quite frankly, didn’t see a future where I was standing.
Continue reading Frizzy haired girl: Do I stay in Birmingham?
Our government structure puts your life at risk
Will your 911 cell phone call save you in an emergency?
Maybe not if you’re calling from within our region.
I have a friend who witnessed a wreck near Blue Lake Road off of Hwy 280. He immediately dialed 911 but ran into a geographic overlap.
Continue reading Your local 911 call could kill you
Tornado strikes Birmingham, April, 2011, but governments still don't cooperate
Leadership Birmingham is a diverse group of Birmingham citizens who are selected each year to study Birmingham’s problems and opportunities and then go out and make a difference.
I was in the class of 1992 and when I graduated I asked the business leader who was delivering the commencement speech, “Why doesn’t Birmingham consider combining its city and county government?”
Continue reading There’s no way in hell we’ll ever work together
I live in Vestavia Hills—I don’t really want to live around a donut hole.
The numbers are frightening.
Birmingham’s population fell…