Month: January 2012

NYT examines Atlanta’s grim housing sector

In today’s blog post about the latest Case-Shiller data, I bolded the particular bad data for Atlanta, which has seen precipitous home price declines in recent months. From the NYT’s In Atlanta, Housing Woes Reflect Nation’s Pain: A sprawling Southern…

Case-Shiller indices show continued home price deterioration. Shock.

We could see continued home price deterioration well into spring 2012 — and maybe a lot longer than that. Analysts can talk about low interest rates, improved job growth, and declining inventory all they want, but national trends won’t be…

Check out new video from Savannah Stopover favorite Country Mice

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Backus redevelopment plan features unnamed “grocery anchor”

Click here to read my Tuesday City Talk column about the General Development Plan for the former Backus Cadillac property on Victory Drive at the Truman Parkway.

National trend toward increased diversity in cities echoed here in Savannah

Back in November, I wrote about the interesting trend in Savannah toward greater diversity in almost every neighborhood over the last couple of decades. Predominantly black neighborhoods saw more white residents in 2010 than in 1990, and predominantly white neighborhoods…

On eve of Florida primary, stats guru Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight projects 15 point Romney win

I love Nate Silver’s blog FiveThirtyEight (named for the total number of electoral votes). Silver began his blog independently, but migrated over to the New York Times. Btw, I’m over my monthly limit in terms of free visits to Times’…

Slate: Does Google know who you are as well as they think they do?

Great piece up on Slate today: Does Google Accurately Guess Your Age and Gender? Click here to go to the page for preferences for Google ads. It contains Google’s assumptions about you. Those of you with shared computers might find…

Florida snapshot from new poll: Romney with solid lead, Gingrich with high negatives, Obama would beat either handily if general election were today

The data in the new NBC/Marist poll certainly gives some interesting glimpses of the Republican primary field in advance of Tuesday’s winner-take-all vote in Florida. A few details that stand out: In head-to-head general election hypotheticals Obama 49% – Romney…

Even more on the detrimental effects of surface parking lots in urban settings, especially Jacksonville

Last August I wrote More thoughts on the detrimental effects of large urban parking lots after hearing the news that a current surface level lot at Drayton and Charlton in downtown Savannah looks to become semi-permanent. I didn’t know at…

Streetcars to return to Washington D.C. in 2013

I’m a big advocate of streetcars, and I think an investment in an integrated network over the coming decades could fuel Savannah’s economy and culture for decades to come. The Washington Post has a great piece today — primarily a…

Will the next housing bubble be on the moon?

Newt Gingrich is getting plenty of grief from comedians and pundits these days for his plans for a lunar colony. In case you missed it, a few days ago he said, “By the end of my second term [!], we…

“American Songwriter” premieres video for “Meet You at the Bus”, the new single from Dare Dukes’ “Thugs and China Dolls”

Mediocre GDP growth of 2.8% in fourth quarter of 2011

Here’s how the Bureau of Economic Analysis characterizes today’s report that GDP increased at a 2.8% annual rate in the 4th quarter of 2011: The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter reflected positive contributions from private inventory investment,…