Author: bill dawers

Ampersand taking over the former Sparetime space

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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…

Video of the warehouse wall collapsing in today’s fire at the Georgia Ports

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There have been some impressive photos and video clips today of the massive rubber fire in a warehouse at the Georgia Ports Authority, but this is the only video I’ve seen so far of any of the warehouse walls collapsing.…

A few photos of today’s warehouse fire in Savannah

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Details aren’t complete, but I have so far seen no reports of injuries in today’s massive warehouse fire at the Georgia Ports Authority. Over 5,000 tons of rubber are stored in the building that is on fire — and the…

Reasons why yesterday’s employment report was not as bad as it seemed

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Yesterday’s employment report for January from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested a steadily healing labor market, but you wouldn’t know that from some of the hand-wringing of media commentators who have the job of trying to make something dramatic…