A tour of the Savannah riverfront — from the Savannah River

I went out on a friend’s boat on Saturday and obviously took along my camera.

We picked up the Savannah River near Elba Island and went all the way into Garden City. It’s a fascinating trip that reveals all the pressures on the riverfront — all the complementary and competing uses: tourism as evidence by hotels like the Marriott, Westin, Hyatt, and Bohemian; convention promotion at the trade center; the proposed expansion of the city into Savannah River Landing; the port itself; the LNG terminals, which shut down river traffic when tankers loaded with liquefied natural gas unload; the history of Fort Jackson and of River Street itself.

Can the river support all the dramatically increased stresses that will come with dredging, a Jasper port, increased freighter traffic (which will happen with or without dredging), the proposed cruise line(s), greater residential presence (Savannah River Landing), and more frequent LNG shipments?

To see the pics and read my commentary on some of them, I’d suggest clicking the full screen icon in the lower right hand corner of the attached gallery. Once you’ve clicked on an individual photo, the commentary will appear when you hover your mouse over the pic. If you don’t click, you’ll only see the brief caption if you hover over the pic. You can of course choose not to go full screen and just look at each pic here via dragging, grabbing, etc., or just use the slideshow function.

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3 comments for “A tour of the Savannah riverfront — from the Savannah River

  1. July 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Marriott was built by Westin, then sold to Marriott, if I recall correctly. Georgia Power buildings offer limitless opportunities — art on the river, visitors center with shops & business booths, river center (for cruise, temporary river traffic, etc.). I love your idea for a music center. Too bad GA Music museum could not take advantage of change of venue from Macon to Savannah in one of these ideal locations.

    • bill dawers
      July 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      That Georgia Power building would have been a great site for the Ga. Music Hall of Fame — and maybe part of it could also have been a music venue. Georgia Power is still asking a ton of money for it, but after this year’s rate increases, it would be a nice gesture if they deeded it to some nonprofit development group that’s more interested in a productive use than in making as much as possible.

  2. KEVIN
    August 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Bill, I was fortunate to work on the documentation and stabilization of the Georgia Power Building, it’s as amazing inside as out. The one huge hurdle from what I was told is that although it is not “in service” that it is still a major hub for electrical lines in Savannah. It’s the equivalent of a breaker box on a house and moving that means relocating all the lines going to it as well.

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