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Dave Folk

Dave Folk is a yankee transplant living in Birmingham, Alabama.

Recent Posts:

You’ll Never Guess Who Just Bought Half of UAB’s Football Tickets

July 22, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

Birmingham’s City Council was half of UAB’s football attendance last year. No lead, no joke, just this: Birmingham City Council spends close to a quarter of a million dollars each year on UAB season football tickets for city employees, neighborhood associations and youth groups. Does anyone really want to see UAB football? No, and thatContinue Reading

For Uber Bad Ideas, Look No Further than Birmingham’s City Council

July 21, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

Uber is a ride-sharing mobile application that matches up people seeking rides, with drivers. Uber is incredibly popular in cities that it operates in. Uber is not coming to Birmingham (probably). It’s not because Uber doesn’t want to be in Birmingham. No, Uber has foresight and sees a growing market… It’s because the Birmingham CityContinue Reading

Will Birmingham’s Sordid Past Finally Pay Off?

April 4, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

The story blew up social media like well, a bomb. News that AMC, the station behind hits like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead; was to produce a TV series set in Birmingham. You’d think that everyone would rejoice over the spotlight finding the Magic City, but reaction was mixed. Trepidation came withContinue Reading

Why Are There No Black People in White Fraternities?

March 27, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

It was after midnight and I’d had about 15,000 beers, at least that’s what it would feel like the next morning when I wondered why everyone around me looked almost exactly the same. Brand name collared shirt, shorts above the knees, boat shoes laced up and whiskey on the breath. More so than dress andContinue Reading

Does Zoës Kitchen Think Birmingham Sucks?

March 20, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

“You know it’s based in Birmingham” was what I blurted out as I spotted the Mediterranean food chain sandwiched between retail facades at a newly built Philadelphia strip mall. There was an inherent sense of safety in it; I lived in Birmingham, Ala., and this inanimate corporation was founded and based there. It was recognizingContinue Reading

Who Cares About a Pepsi Sign in Birmingham?

March 13, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

“There are so many problems with Birmingham, who cares about a sign?” As quickly as indignation manifested regarding the humongous Pepsi sign erected in downtown Birmingham came the excuses. “This is private matter, the city isn’t involved.” Citizens of Birmingham and surrounding areas quickly invented their excuses why the Pepsi sign isn’t a big deal.Continue Reading

Sign of the Times: Rules Don’t Apply to Corporations in Birmingham

March 6, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

A sign arose above Birmingham last week to the chagrin of any citizen with functional eyes. Not a sign in the biblical sense, like a plague of locusts; but a sign in the literal sense — still a plague, though. Buffalo Rock hoisted up a behemoth of a sign advertising Pepsi above one of Birmingham’sContinue Reading

My Journey from Philly to Birmingham, and Why It Can Help This State

February 26, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

It was a little after the evening news when Alabama first became a part of my life. Boredom and due diligence combined to alter my life’s path when I was a senior in high school living outside of Philadelphia. My SAT scores, my GPA, my extracurriculars — every thing I needed to go to collegeContinue Reading

Every Dog Gets Its Day … at the PETA Killing Grounds

February 20, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals loves three things: assaulting people with paint, advocating for animals to have constitutional rights and murdering puppies. Boy, do they LOVE some puppy genocide. I don’t know if puppies and kittens are more or less adorable while being killed, but PETA has more than enough evidence to tellContinue Reading

Birmingham City Council: A Joke, but We Aren’t Laughing

February 13, 2014   |   By Dave Folk     |   Opinion

The Birmingham City Council has made a name for itself recently by snubbing burgeoning businesses, but it seems as though they have graduated from idiocy to corruption. On the outskirts of downtown sits a horrendous structure that looks like a 1970s architect’s wet dream. The building most likely sits vacant due to a combination ofContinue Reading