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Treasuring small-town feel and dreaming of inspired leadership

July 1, 2009

Still sharing ideas from folks who care about our community — what they see as our strengths and what they dream for the next 50 years:

Kathy Freeland: I was born in and have lived the majority of my life within the city limits of Birmingham. I never want to lose the small town feel of this big town and I never want to lose the natural areas that most of us take for granted in our city.

My wildest dream is that every community/neighborhood within metropolitan Birmingham (Roebuck, Norwood, Mountain Brook, Homewood, etc.) will one day be filled with people of many races, religions and interests but all united behind solid political leadership — leadership that truly works for the good of the entire metropolitan Birmingham-Hoover area.

Willie T. Grant: I would like to see a greater unity and bonding among the races and cultural communities. The efforts of the leaders of the city to take on some of the major challenges and work to overcome them.

Lyord Watson Jr.: What I like about Birmingham is that it is a city with a small town feel. I never want to lose that feeling about the area. But, I would like to see Birmingham’s image improve. I want to hear more about the ethical busness men and women who are doing positive things in the community. I want to Birmingham to have the capcity to compete for midsize conventions and trade shows. I want the city to be clean and be accessible forr people of all income levels.

The wildest dream I have for Birmingham is that everybody has hope. No matter what level of income or education; no matter race or gender; and no matter profession. The belief that, despite one’s current circumstances, things will get better will give the people of the Birmingham metro area the energy and focus to continue to make positve steps to improving Birmingham.
We need people and communities to work together and be more inclusive.

Caroline Downing: The sense of community, I think the fact that Birmingham boasts the largest Kiwanis Club, the second largest Rotary and the largest Jr. League in the world is a testament to our commitment to community involvement and networking.

Terry Ackley: We have the richness of a multi-cultural community and the feel of a “small” big town. I would like to see that in the future governmental agencies work well together and governmental leadership have true friendships with each other and work together with the benefit of the whole community in mind.

Lawrence Conaway: In the next 50 years? Wow! I can imagine our community being progressive and highly competitive with other communities of similar size in the nation. I can imagine a more unified community where our diversity is our strength and not our weakness. And, I can imagine a friendly, caring,and sharing community. I love the Southern hospitality in Birmingham and hope we never lose it.

Katrina Marshall: I love the friendliness and welcoming nature of the city and hope this continues over the decades. The moment that I arrived, I felt connected because so many people reached out to me.

Sharon Elam: I love the diversity of the city. My wildest dream is that our community will work together for the good of all and that we will show respect for all people regardless of race or economic status.

Robert Rex Record: I love that as we have grown, we have retained a small town feel. So many of our “peer” cities are impersonal – not Birmingham. My dream is that we would be the model city for eliminating poverty.

Hugh Hunter: I hope that the people of Birmingham do not lose their ability to be compassionate and understanding of one another and that we can amplify the basic goodness that says you must first give to receive. My wildest dream is that we find a way to make it possible to have good leadership in government.

Tree Davidson: I feel like Birmingham truly has a “community” of people who want to see this city grow and succeed. Many of those people recognize where that starts and how important it is to invest in the next generation. There is a tradition of giving and a generosity that our community has that I have not heard of elsewhere. I feel like there is a definite push towards making this city great.

I would love to see reliable, clean, green mass transit. As the city grows, our commutes get longer and longer. So many of our clients depend on the mass transit system and it needs to grow so that they can get to where the jobs are.

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