Author: bill dawers

Savannah bars can be open on Sunday, March 16

Governor Deal has just signed the bill that will allow bars in Savannah to be open on Sunday, March 16. Bars in Georgia are not generally allowed to be open on Sundays, although restaurants with bars can be. Today’s signature…

U.S. economy adds a solid 175,000 jobs in February, unemployment rate ticks up but U-6 unemployment rate declines

The last couple of employment reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested considerable weakness in the U.S. labor market, but there were various confusing and conflicting signals that made many of us expect better numbers ahead. From the BLS…

Mardi Gras at Tybee – lots of photos

My Tuesday City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News was devoted to Mardi Gras festivities at Tybee Island. Here’s a big gallery of photos, mostly before, during, and after Saturday’s parade. It’s a very Tybee event, as you can…

Ampersand taking over the former Sparetime space

There have been tons of questions over the last few months about the fate of 36 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. That’s at the corner of West Congress Street here in Savannah; the building was home decades ago to a…

Hugh Acheson on his new Savannah restaurant, the Florence, opening in May

Hugh Acheson — famed for his Athens restaurants Five and Ten, The National, and Cinco y Diez and Atlanta’s Empire State South — is still apparently on track to open the Florence at One West Victory in Savannah. If you’re…

Savannah Stopover about to take over 10 downtown venues for 3 exciting days

If you’re interested in my writings about the Savannah music scene, you should be checking out the blog hissing lawns that I launched back in September. hissing lawns has a number of contributors, including some excellent photographers, and also has…

Another Starbucks headed to historic Savannah

I just found out about this a few days ago, when I finally asked one of the security guards at Savannah’s downtown Kroger about the seemingly endless construction just inside the front door. And today there’s a sign: It looks…

Variety: “Midnight Rider” suspends production

From Variety: ‘Midnight Rider’ Suspends Production After Fatal Train Accident (EXCLUSIVE): “Midnight Rider,” the Gregg Allman biopic on which a crew member was killed last week, has suspended production. Crew members are being released, though they’ve been told that they…

On parking, development, and better street design

In my City Talk column last Sunday — Lecture emphasizes versatility, beauty in street design — I talked about the recent lecture at SCAD of Victor Dover, an expert on urbanism and co-author of the recently released Street Design: The…

Links regarding the tragic death on the film shoot of Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider”

My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sarah Jones, who was killed tragically on Thursday on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Others were injured in the accident involving a train that the crew…

Grace Leigh (Jack Leigh’s daughter) and her partner launch Kickstarter for book of photographs from across the nation

It’s really hard to believe that Jack Leigh died almost 10 years ago. The Savannah photographer created many iconic images that shared, in the most visceral of ways, his passion for place and for people. His daughter Grace Leigh is…

Anti-intellectualism vs. the potential roles of “public intellectuals”

Nicholas Kristof’s NYT column Professors, We Need You! begins: SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates. Part of the reason…

“I felt the earth move . . . ” — yes, that was an earthquake you felt

If you think you felt an earthquake tonight in Georgia or South Carolina around 10:23 p.m., you probably did. Check out the U.S. Geological Survey’s list of “significant earthquakes.” An estimated 4.1 magnitude quake was centered 12 km west northwest…

Boston Globe: Savannahians are “oozing Southern charm”

I don’t know how I feel about “oozing Southern charm” — or how I feel about “oozing” anything — but I’m still pretty impressed with this travel article in the Boston Globe: Three days in Savannah, Ga. The piece by…