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  1. If income growth and a strong diversity in the local economy counts for anything, you have to throw Bham in there. Interesting to note that Birmingham has a higher per capita income than Atlanta. Same goes for Nashville which leads both cities. I believe Huntsville is very close to supassing Atlanta in this area as well. www.bizjournals.com/specials/pages/92.html
  2. A little Birmingham representation. Downtown Bham at night: static.flickr.com/33/52759870_3f092f009f_o.jpg Neat downtown Bham pano with some nice density: forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=104154
  3. I was strongly in favor of a dome for the longest time but now agree that a scaled down but still major renovation of the arena along with increased convention space and a new hotel and entertainment district is a much better plan. An outdoor stadium can be built at a later date with private money IMO (and in another area of downtown....perhaps midtown?). On a side note, I think a dual purpose open air stadium would be a better option for downtown (somewhere in midtown preferably somewhere between 20th street and the Red Mtn Expressway....in other words tear down/buy out a large area of low rise buildings and build it there.). I'm thinking more in the way of a smaller sized stadium with tons of expansion possiblities built to accomodate large concerts, an MLS franchise, or even a bowl game/NFL franchise. The MLS franchise in particular is far from a pipe dream when you consider that the sport is slowly but surely growing in popularity in the US and Bham has a strong soccer reputation among Southern U.S. cities. Personally, I'm not much of a soccer fan but I've heard Bham mentioned is some impressive company when it comes to soccer in this country. Imagine a sweet, sparkling 35,000 to 40,000 seat stadium with low level/open ended endzones (which would provide major expansion potential if ever needed). You could develop an entertainment district around it as well while provided an incredible concert venue and large event facility in a fairly nice part of downtown. Though I'm a Bama grad/fan and not fond of a program (UAB football) that is openly hostile towards the main campus, I would think they could use such a facility as well. This would be totally separate from any convention/arena renovation/entertainment/hotel project at the current BJCC site. I mention the open air stadium idea in light of Blazer85 mentioning of a possible private "dome" development in Gardendale. I think my suggestion wouldn't be any crazier than what could happen in Gardendale. Just some food for thought.
  4. I actually know some Native Indian language from hearing the translation of Tuscaloosa. As many people who have been through or are familiar with Tuscaloosa know, the Black Warrior River runs through the city. In fact, Tusca-loosa actually translates into "Black Warrior" which is the name of the native American chief that ruled the area tribe. The city of Tuscaloosa has almost 80,000 residents and coupled with Northport (roughly 19,000 residents) which adjoins it, the immediate urban area has barely under 100,000 residents so it's a pretty good size city. Speaking of Northport, I don't know why Tuscaloosa doesn't get together with Northport and merge into one city. They are more or less the same place (completely adjoining) and a merged city.
  5. Leave it to an Auburn fan to fail to mention that Alabama was practically dead even with Auburn in that particular rating (also in the top 50 public universities). I realize this thread was started in Fall 2003 so those numbers are now outdated. Bama is actually now ranked just slightly ahead of Auburn as of the last ranking that came out in Fall 2004. Bama was 86th among ALL colleges and 39th among public schools while Auburn was ranked 90th among ALL colleges and 42nd among public schools.
  6. The same could be said of Atlanta and Georgia.
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