For the inaugural issue of Weld, we asked dozens of people from throughout the community — young and not-so-young; male and female; black, white, Hispanic and Asian; Christian, Muslim, Jewish and agnostic; students, professionals, artists and more — to each give us one idea for making Birmingham better. This is one of those ideas. You can read more here.
HB Brantley • Principal, BRAVIS Building Solutions, Inc.
Birmingham must get moving! In all aspects of the word… Even if there is no desire to be a major metropolis like Atlanta or Charlotte, the city needs to define what it wants to be and implement a strategy to get there. The Blueprint Birmingham strategy was devised by the Birmingham Business Alliance regarding how to get there and should be used as a road map.
We must have the political will to address those structural problems that have proven over time to be inhibitors to growth. By now, we all know what those are….
We must not be so parochial in our views and naive in our expectations regarding how to grow and sustain the region. It is truly a global economy and to that end, we must first understand how we fit into the regional human network and from there, connectivity to the gateway hubs should be strengthened. The global human network is defined as the infrastructure needed to continuously move people, goods and information around the world.
We must repair the fractured relationships that have occurred over the years and allowed the establishment of fragmented government.
In order for the city of Birmingham to stop its population decline, it must address the quality of life issues that affect its residents. Martin O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore, Md., stated that the development of Baltimore’s Harbor Place, implemented as part of their “Believe” campaign, was created for the residents of the city. It just evolved into a popular destination for visitors and tourists.
Read more Big Ideas to Make Birmingham Better here.