Category: Water and sanitation

Negotiating with the zombie

25 April, 2012 (13:08) | Bankruptcy, Birmingham, Infrastructure, Jefferson County, Municipal finance, Sewer systems, Sovereign bankruptcy, US News, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   Time to negotiate with the zombie?   Bankrupt county speaks with decaying tongue?   Instead of blasting its head off?   Do you feel … undead?   Except, quite possibly, you can’t – and if you can’t, then perhaps you’d better negotiate, as Jefferson County’s creditors are finding out in […]

The perfect dung storm: Part 5, getting the dirty end of the stick

16 September, 2011 (09:30) | Birmingham, Jefferson County, Municipal finance, Sovereign bankruptcy, Subprime, Theory, US News, Water and sanitation, Workouts |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 3 , Part 2 and Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   I work all day in the factory That’s all right with me   Randy Newman, Birmingham   By today, according to self-imposed deadlines, we will finish this five-part post and the Jefferson County commissioners […]

The perfect dung storm: Part 4, scraping the bottom of the barrel

15 September, 2011 (10:01) | Birmingham, Jefferson County, Municipal finance, Sovereign bankruptcy, Subprime, Theory, US News, Water and sanitation, Workouts |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 2 and Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Wife’s named Mary But she’s called Marie We live in a three room house With a pepper tree   Randy Newman, Birmingham   Three days into our grim tale (only two to go to finish the post […]

The perfect dung storm: Part 3, cleaning up the mucky finances

14 September, 2011 (09:53) | Birmingham, Jefferson County, Municipal finance, Sovereign bankruptcy, Subprime, Theory, US News, Water and sanitation, Workouts |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Got a big black dog Whose name is Dan Lives in my backyard in Birmingham He is the meanest dog in Alabam’ Get ’em, Dan   Randy Newman, Birmingham   By now, two days into the story, and with only […]

The perfect dung storm: Part 2, messing up the revenue streams

13 September, 2011 (09:47) | Birmingham, Jefferson County, Municipal finance, Sovereign bankruptcy, Subprime, Theory, US News, Water and sanitation |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   My daddy was a barber And a most unsightly man He was born in Tuscaloosa But he died right here in Birmingham   Randy Newman, Birmingham   Yesterday’s post introduced the horrible financial crapstorm being endured by Jefferson County, Alabama, whose major city is Birmingham, […]