Month: February 2011

Savannah Stopover preview #3: Class Actress

This is the third in occasional posts previewing acts slated for the Savannah Stopover festival March 9-12, 2011. The detailed schedule has not yet been released, but Class Actress appears booked to perform in Savannah on Thursday, March 10, with…

Of race and leadership

Here’s my column today in the Savannah Morning News: “A city stuck arguing about race and leadership“. I grew up in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s in a predominantly white town — there were literally only a handful of…

Savannah housing market update: new listings down from a year ago, but inventory still too high

For a great roundup of the Savannah metro area real estate sales data from January, check out Adam Van Brimmer’s “Local housing market trudges along” in today’s Savannah Morning News. Since Adam moved from sports writing to business writing, which…

Savannah Harbor Expansion Project: the view from South Carolina

Take a look at Mary Mayle’s Portside column today in the SMN: “S.C. takes off gloves on harbor deepening”. I noted in a couple of columns recently that Georgia politicians and other supporters of harbor deepening had clearly failed in…

54% of Atlanta mortgages underwater, according to Zillow

Maybe it’s just a measure of tough times for the traditional daily newspaper, but I’ve lately been getting more quality economic information from the Atlanta Business Chronicle than from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. According to “54% of Atlanta mortgages under water”…

Savannah Stopover preview #2: Little Tybee

While there are plenty of bands coming to the Savannah Stopover that have never played here, the festival is also bringing a number of acts with existing Savannah ties — or even deep roots. That’s obviously the case with Little…

City manager search lingers on

In my column for this upcoming Sunday in the Savannah Morning News, I’m writing about some of the issues of race and leadership that the city is confronting right now. Today, as many of you probably already know, Mayor Johnson…

Savannah Stopover preview #1: Genre-bending Astronautalis

This is the first of periodic posts about acts scheduled for the Savannah Stopover festival in March 2011. The Stopover hasn’t released its full schedule yet, but Astronautalis appears booked with the rap act Sims for The Wormhole on Thursday,…

Deepening the Savannah River channel runs up against salinity issues and city politics

My freshman composition students at Armstrong are writing persuasive papers right now. As I always do for such assignments, I’m reminding them repeatedly that it’s impossible to craft truly effective arguments if writers ignore — or don’t understand —┬áthe best…

AP explores the national context of harbor deepening battle

┬áLocally based AP writer Russ Bynum has a great piece today regarding the issue of East Coast ports struggling to find the money and to figure out the logistics for the eventual arrival of larger ships after the Panama Canal…

The new Cultural Arts Center: economic development? re-establishing the downtown grid? serving community needs?

As you can tell by my overly long title to this post, Savannah’s new Cultural Arts Center will have many effects — all positive, I think — assuming it is sited, designed, and administered well. I write about the site…

Quick update to recent posts on the Georgia bank crisis

Yesterday I mentioned that two more banks in Georgia had been closed by the FDIC. Information in this post on Calculated Risk points to one more Georgia bank now known to be under FDIC scrutiny, as well as one in…

The Red River live and “Little Songs About the Big Picture”

It’s rainy and gray in Savannah this morning. I slept in, eventually got up, fixed coffee and eggs. Fed the cats. Opened the doors since it’s warmer outside than in. A perfect time for listening to Little Songs About the…

More Georgia bank failures — it’s getting a little embarrassing

I’ve previously written about the grim statistics regarding failed banks in Georgia. See Some background on the banking crisis in Georgia. We led the country (we’re number 1!) in failures from 2008 to 2010. As of 7 p.m. this evening,…