Author: bill dawers

One of Savannah’s defining qualities: walkability

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A couple of years ago, Kevin Klinkenberg, who currently heads the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, authored an excellent book about the myriad benefits of a day-to-day lifestyle that relies on walking: Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the…

Roberto “Rob” Hernandez chosen as Savannah’s new City Manager

Roberto “Rob” Hernandez was named this morning as the pick for Savannah’s new City Manager. Savannah City Council will vote on his selection at an upcoming meeting, and there are surely some contract details yet to be finalized. There will…

Photos from The Artists of Social Change in Thomas Square on Sunday

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I’ve lived for 20 years in historic Thomas Square in a house that dates to the 1870s, and in that time the neighborhood has changed in many ways — mostly good ways. My house has only a narrow front porch…

Photos from Black Lives Matter vigil and march in Savannah

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My City Talk column today is about Sunday evening’s Black Lives Matter vigil and march. Check it out. For what it’s worth, and at the risk of oversimplifying some complex issues, I think a lot of the tension over the…

Photos from the Pulse Orlando Benefit Show with the Club One Cabaret, The House of Gunt, and The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue

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We’ve all struggled in our own ways to make sense of the Orlando tragedy, and I’m sorry how much those struggles have led to division and argument. If you haven’t looked at the living faces of the 49 who were…

Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati: a model of revitalization? or exclusionary gentrification?

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If you’re interested in issues related to neighborhood revitalization and concerned about some of the downsides of gentrification, you should read the recent Politico piece by Colin Woodard about Cincinnati’s 362-acre Over-the-Rhine neighborhood: How Cincinnati Salvaged the Nation’s Most Dangerous…

Why we should remember what happened in the 2008 Democratic primary

Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama in dozens of polls of Democratic primary voters from late 2006 into early 2008. According to this huge list at RealClearPolitics, Obama didn’t once break 40 percent in any major polls until the end of…

State of the Art: Savannah Style – photos from the fashion show at the Jepson

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There has definitely been some creative tension in recent years in Savannah’s fashion scene. Both Savannah Fashion Week and Fashion’s Night Out have gone on hiatus (I guess that’s the right word?), but it seems like the number of Savannah-based…

Photos from the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home’s 2016 street fair and homemade parade

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The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home recently threw another big party for the Savannah-born author’s birthday. The street fair and homemade parade are a few years old now, and this was the biggest turnout yet. Seriously, chicken shit bingo, The Sweet…

Live blog of the Iowa Caucus(es)

I don’t know if I really ought to try this or not, but I’m going to be live blogging off and on all evening. I will be at home listening to some music, hopefully editing some photos, and following the…

Photos of the 2016 Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show at Savannah Arts Academy

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So here’s a fairly quick edit of about 75 photos from the Savannah Arts Academy‘s 2016 version of the Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show. The event is presented each year by the Visual Arts Department with support from other departments…

New Visit Savannah videos spotlight Lowcountry culture

For almost a week now, I’ve been getting ads like these show up when I’m on the web (these are just screenshots): Visit Savannah’s new “My Savannah” ad campaign has been pretty much under the radar so far, at least…

Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston announces 40th season

Well today’s announcement of Spoleto’s 2016 season didn’t hold many surprises for some of us — I got the catalogue in the mail almost a week ago and have had ample time to peruse it. Click here to see the…

Savannah’s struggle against violence captured in new video: “End Gun Violence: Step Forward”

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It’s been an ugly 18 months or so for crime in Savannah, especially shootings. About 50 people have been murdered so far in 2015 in the jurisdiction of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, about twice the number in 2014. The…