After poking around some more on David Sher’s hilarious DWL website The Comeback Town, I noticed that Birmingham was recently ranked 197 out of 200 metro areas by The Milken Institute:
“Birmingham is one of the worst performing large cities in the nation, according to a new report from the Milken Institute.
The Magic City ranked 197th out of the 200 large cities in the report, and didn’t rank higher than 131st in any category in the report. Birmingham dropped 15 spots from last year’s ranking.
Milken’s report ranked metros based on job growth, wage growth and high-tech gross domestic product growth, among other factors. …”
Birmingham-Hoover MSA plummeted 15 spots to 197 from the 2011 Milken Survey. To put this in perspective, the Birmingham-Hoover MSA is now underperforming the Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MSA which is ranked 190.
The New York Times interactive map of the 2010 U.S. Census shows that the population of Jefferson County (AL) is now 52% White and 42% African-American – White residents are fleeing to Shelby and St. Clair Counties and are being replaced by smaller numbers of low-income African-Americans and Hispanics.
African-Americans comprise 74% of Birmingham’s population. This makes Birmingham the 4th blackest metro area in the United States. Detroit, which will soon come under the supervision of an emergency manager, is still the flagship of Black America. Wayne County (MI) is now 50% White and 40% African-American.
Sher laughably tries to pin the economic woes of the Birmingham metro area on the prosperous White suburbs:
“Metro Birmingham is ranked 197th out of the 200 based on job growth, wage growth and high-tech gross domestic product growth, among other factors.
Let me emphasize…they are talking about metro Birmingham–not the City of Birmingham. …
Life in Mt. Brook and Trussville may be great, but until we understand that we’re all in this together, we will remain stagnant and our future and the future of our children will slip away.”
The Birmingham-Hoover MSA includes the “City of Birmingham” which is 74% African-American and the single largest municipality in Alabama with 212,237 residents. The “vibrant” economy of the “City of Birmingham” is powered by job creation in the payday loan, title pawn, and check cashing industries.
The median household income in Vestavia Hills is $87,154. It is $100,483 in Mountain Brook, $66,943 in Trussville, $75,365 in Hoover, $55,431 in Homewood, $45,786 in Gardendale, $45,244 in Jefferson County (AL), $68,308 in Shelby County (AL), $51,914 in the United States as a whole … and $26,735 in Birmingham.
The Birmingham-Hoover MSA includes cities in Jefferson County (AL) like Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, and Hoover as well as Shelby County (AL) which are significantly wealthier than the national average. These areas haven’t been crippled by the chronic black dysfunction which triumphed in Birmingham in the 1960s, which is now celebrated in in public monuments, and which has caused the population of Birmingham to decline from 340,887 in 1960 to 212,327 in 2010.
As far as the rest of Metro Birmingham is concerned, the crime is lower, the public schools and public services are superior, the property value is higher, and the job market is better in the White suburbs outside of Birmingham – the things which ordinary White people really care about – which are only diminished by being lumped into the same abstraction called the “Birmingham-Hoover MSA” with Detroit South.
After fifty years of holding civilization in Jefferson County hostage to “civil rights,” Birmingham is now a violent, declining city governed by incompetence, corruption, and imbecility, which is a reflection of the “content of character” of the black political machine and its capacity for self government, which under the cover of “democracy” has controlled City Hall since 1979.
It is too bad the city fathers who surrendered to MLK and the Civil Rights Movement couldn’t hitch a ride with Marty McFly in Doc Brown’s time machine in 1955 venture into the future to behold the spectacle of Birmingham as it exists in 2013.
We don’t need roads, jobs, sheriff’s deputies, or freeway lights here either.