Month: February 2012

The Atlantic Cities: The Bottletree turns Birmingham — of all places — into “an indie rock destination”

In a great post recently for the Creative Coast, Savannah Stopover founder and CEO Kayne Lanahan wrote about the ingredients necessary for a great music scene. I’m planning to circle back around to some of her points sometime soon, but…

Are home prices cheap right now? Or falling more?

There’s no question that home prices are now well within the range suggested by historical trends. One could argue that they are even cheap at this point. But are they cheap enough? By a couple of key measures, it’s obvious…

Marijuana in Georgia

Will prison reform bill result in fewer arrests and shorter sentences?

The latest on home prices from S&P/Case-Shiller — and more bad news for the Atlanta housing market

A few notes regarding the Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller indices: There are actually three different indices: a 10-city composite, a 20-city composite, and a national index updated quarterly while the other two are update monthly. Each month’s data is actually a…

New commercial for Savannah Music Festival features world class musicians Wynton Marsalis, Daniel Hope, David Finckel and Wu Han

Visit Savannah during the 2012 Savannah Music Festival! from Savannah Music Festival on Vimeo.

Wynton Marsalis: “The thing that I find most inspiring about being in Savannah is that you can get a good plate of grits.”

A quick trip through SCAD’s painting department in Alexander Hall

I’ve always thought of SCAD’s Alexander Hall, which houses the college’s painting department, as one of the most extraordinary spaces in Savannah. Last evening, Alexander hosted a student showcase as part of deFine Art. I’m glad to report that the…

AJC: mounting opposition in DeKalb for 1% transportation tax

This July, voters across the state will be voting for regional 1% sales taxes (much like SPLOST and ESPLOST) for transportation infrastructure — roads, transit, etc. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about that. The battle in the…

An update on the Georgia banking crisis, which is slowly abating

So where do we stand in terms of the Georgia banking crisis? It’s clear, first off, that things are improving, despite the 76 bank failures in the state since 2007 — and despite at least 65 banks in the state…

Local project “Glitter + Gold” is a Kickstarter staff pick

I’ve been intending for ages to write a longer post about Kickstarter, the remarkable online crowd-source funding mechanism that has had a dramatic effect on DIY arts projects. I’ll save that longer discussion for another day, and here I’ll just…

Let’s hope Slow Ride controversy is behind us

I was extremely critical of city of Savannah staff for pushing a proposed ordinance to ban alcohol on the Savannah Slow Ride. I don’t know which was worse — the needless overreach to regulate exciting entrepreneurship or the apparent lack…

Johnny Cash would have turned 80 today


Open the post for a video of Cash covering Trent Reznor’s “Hurt”.

Savannah acts performing all day benefit at Live Wire Music Hall for drummer Marc Cordray

Please note that Keep the Beat, a Benefit for Marc Cordray is today, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Live Wire Music Hall. Marc Cordray has played countless gigs in Savannah over the years, but his…

Bar business up in Savannah in first smokefree year

There will be endless and sometimes legitimate arguments against limitations to smoking, especially indoor smoking in bars. A new ordinance to that effect was just passed for Chatham County, mirroring the ordinance enacted in the city of Savannah at the…