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The Collapse of Birmingham





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MsGarrison
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Germans... Are you scroosters alter?





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IS THIS RELATED TO THE SINKHOLE THREAD?





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MaximumTiger
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There is always a "trap" -- always someone else to blame. That resolute avoidance of personal responsibility, .


Exactly what is happening to this country right now






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MsGarrison
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Plus every article John Bennett has published is about blacks..





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tcoachmc
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Add Birmingham to the list of other Democrat run cities that have a lot of these same problems!





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GoCrazyAuburn
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Don't blame me guys. I've tried to help but they won't listen





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Hmerly
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Having lived in Birmingham for several years, I'll have to say that the city is doomed. Typical urban environment, with rampant crime, white flight, and corrupt governance.





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Crimson1st
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Yep, I have worked in downtown Birmingham for 15 years and it has been in decline for quite some time though, this is not a recent phenomenon. We productive types try to keep it propped up as best we can but it's an uphill battle. I suppose it's a bad omen when the building I work in gets shown frequently in the backdrop of a reality show...and not just ANY reality show...The First 48! I've thought many times about how something just isn't right about that!





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Tiger n Miami AU83
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That is really a hell of an article. And a major indictment on the black population of Birmingham.

1. The mayor is unbvelievably corrupt and has managed to lead the charge into the largest municiple bankruptcy in the history of the United States.

2. The populus in Birmingham (mostly black), blames the " government system" and not the mayor.

3. The government system is mostly black as well.

Here are some excerpts:


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Birmingham is recognized as one of the most violent and poorly-run cities in the nation. The city runs a massive deficit, and is county seat of Jefferson County, which recently cut a deal with a European bank as part of the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history.


Blacks in Birmingham have now obtained equal rights, special protection for those rights, preferential enforcement of those rights, a demographic majority, and a near monopoly on government employment. Moreover, that panoply of rights and benefits is funded by the nation's highest sales tax. The results should be a progressive success story. Instead, Jefferson County's bankruptcy stemms in part from an epic and at times grimly amusing corruption scandal that resulted in the conviction of at least 22 people. Those convicted officials include the former mayor of Birmingham, Larry Langford.

Mayor Langford's style of governance seems to fairly reflect the norms of many city residents. The New York Times provided the tenor of "[s]ome residents" with regard to the mayor's conviction:

At a barbershop in a predominantly black neighborhood where the owner had hung a sign in the window reading, "We Support Our Mayor," Charles Hicks said he was disappointed by Mr. Langford's recent behavior but believed the former mayor was well-intentioned and was corrupted by wealthy businessmen.

"I'm just disappointed in the system," Mr. Hicks said. "Larry had great ideas, but he got caught up in the trap."

There is always a "trap" -- always someone else to blame. That resolute avoidance of personal responsibility, writ large, must be a major part of the city's problems. But such cultural and moral concerns are not part of the current civil rights agenda. Much more important was a program through which Mayor Langford provided laptops to children, in all government schools, in first through fifth grade.

An MIT study found that the results of this social policy were "disappointing." Ownership of the free government laptops "did not increase use of computers for academic or content-creation purposes." The MIT study further found that school-related laptop use somehow unbelievably actually decreased after students were given the free laptops: "The frequency with which students used a computer to create or listen to podcasts, do research, or do homework all decreased slightly from the pretest survey (before [free laptop] ownership) to the posttest survey (after [free laptop] ownership)." An army of sociology professors and community leaders could start a cottage industry simply trying to come to grips with the causes of this social engineering farce, and the subculture underlying it.

Meanwhile, the Birmingham City Council is taking on challenges like the proliferation of payday loan businesses. Councilwoman LaShunda Scales complained that payday loans "are the number one product the city offers to its citizens."

From the top down, considering the racial breakdown of Birmingham city jobs, data indicate that blacks are fully empowered in the sphere of government. Whites are 22% of the city's population, and hold 27% of public jobs (1180 of a total of 4273). Blacks are 73.4% of the population and hold 71.3% of public jobs (3051).






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That is really a hell of an article. And a major indictment on the black population of Birmingham.


Nope. Not their fault.

Sincerely,

The Democrat Party






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RebJas
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My parents lived in Birmingham until I was 13. Besides college, I've lived in the suburbs since my parents moved out of the city.

I'd probably get marked if I shared my true feelings, but Birmingham needs a different type of leadership.






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GoCrazyAuburn
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That is really a hell of an article. And a major indictment on the black population of Birmingham.


I'd agree with it though. Living in bham, and trying to help with city planning a from time to time, I can say the leadership at hand is abysmal. He is calling out the black community because let's be honest, they run birmingham.






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Crimson1st
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Heck the OP article, from what I read, didn't even get into the Birmingham Public School mess. The State school board basically had to get involved and take over the school system of Birmingham. There are about to be cuts too as a start...

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The overhaul to clean this city's mess up would be akin to some of those "Hoarders" houses they clean. It would be a colossal undertaking.






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Tiger n Miami AU83
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I grew up in the Ham and interned at Healthsouth for two years while at AU. The city did not suck THAT bad when I was growing up (though my parents moved to the suburbs when I was 4 or 5). It is just beyond pitiful now and getting worse with no end in sight.

Meanwhile, the populus wants to blame someone, but they don't really have anyone to blame except the very people they put in office, yet still want to find a way to defend. Sadly probably because those people are of the same skin color so they feel compelled to defend them for ruining and continuing to ruin the city.

Birmingham is on its way to third world status. If not for them being bailed out in bankruptcy, city services such as police, fire and water would have probably already collapsed.






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Crimson1st
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Yep Tiger, it's kinda like a group of people on a boat that starts sinking because someone in the group knocked a hole in it. Nobody wants to fix it so they try to blame the next person. Nobody wants to admit fault and be made to fix the hole either so while everyone is looking to the next person the hole is still there, the boat is still taking on water, and eventually everyone goes down with the ship.

It could be worse though, while I was typing this a news clip came on about Detroit's financial woes and how it has reached "Emegency Status". Birmingham hasn't quite made it that far yet but "yet" is the key word unfortunately.






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GoCrazyAuburn
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Absolutely. It is really sad now. It shocks me how the people of this city will defend their politicians. I cannot fathom it. It sucks too, because there are some stuff birmingham has really started to improve in, especially in the dining arena. Lots of really good restaurants have been opening up recently (el barrio is my jam), but the city is still crumbling.





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Tiger n Miami AU83
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"yet"


Yep. Key word...






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