Author: bill dawers

Savannah Morning News: City council likely to reject further cruise ship studies

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I already posted my opposition to continuing with further study of whether Savannah should build a cruise ship terminal. I think that the idea should be rejected purely on economic and political grounds, but there’s obviously a bigger argument that…

So why wasn’t there already a new contract with the Food Network?

I said a couple of days that I probably wouldn’t post again anytime soon about the Paula Deen controversies, but there was one detail that had been nagging at me. Why, a mere week from the expiration of the current…

Time for Savannah to pull the plug on cruise ship dreams

I’d be writing about this issue for my City Talk column this coming Sunday, but apparently Savannah City Council will consider on Thursday whether to move ahead with another phase in studies regarding the viability of a cruise ship terminal…

Revival Fest — traditional food and traditional(ish) music — debuts Sept. 14 in Savannah

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MusicFile Productions — parent company of Savannah Stopover — has announced a new fall festival in Savannah: Revival Fest. From this morning’s press release (with emphasis added for the skimmers out there): MusicFile Productions, LLC (the parent company of Savannah…

Calculated Risk with “a few comments on dumb policy”

Calculated Risk blogger Bill McBride is one of the clearest, most pragmatic voices out there in terms of analysis of the U.S. economy. He posted some typically concise and on-the-mark commentary on Sunday: A few comments on dumb policy McBride…

Zunzi’s 2 now open, Kate Spade on the way, other changes in downtown

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My City Talk column today leads off with a blurb about the new Chive Sea Bar & Lounge on Broughton Street. After the rain moved out this afternoon, I headed down to Zunzi’s 2 for a very late lunch. I’m…

A quick roundup of major stories following the Paula Deen controversy

I hope this will be my last post for awhile about the recent Paula Deen controversy. But today it seems worthwhile to note a few of the journalistic takes on the evolving controversy. Here I’m just going to cite three…

Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract

Given the media storm set off by the public release of Paula Deen’s deposition last month in a lawsuit brought by a former employee of Uncle Bubba’s, this is not surprising news: BREAKING: Food Network says it won't renew Paula…

A few thoughts on the Paula Deen controversy (transcript embedded)

I certainly wasn’t the first journalist to write about Paula Deen and The Lady & Sons, but I think I was the first to write about the ambitious move from the small location on Congress Street to the much larger…

The Collective Face’s 2013-2014 season kicks off with “Equus”

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It’s hard to believe that Peter Shaffer’s Equus was written 40 years ago. The text still has tremendous power and immediacy. Daniel Radcliffe broke from his Harry Potter roots and starred in the highly praised revival that hit Broadway in…

A generation from now, will enough buyers want homes in America’s suburbs?

Americans are driving less — a trend that started in 2005, before the recession. We’re increasingly seeing young American adults opt for living in places that provide a variety of transportation options, especially cities with significant infrastructure for bicycling and walking.

So what happens over the next decade or two, as aging suburbanites need to sell their homes? Will younger middle-class and upper middle-class Americans buy those homes in the numbers that will be necessary?



Dreaming of a streetcar network in Savannah

Possible streetcar spurs in Savannah -- a purely speculative map

I was thrilled to see today that Chatham Area Transit has applied for a federal grant to expand the area currently covered by the streetcar on River Street. And I was thrilled to find out that there is considerable enthusiasm…

The need for a new arena in Savannah and the next SPLOST vote

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Back in 2006, the last time Chatham County voted on a new round of SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), the referendum was approved rather handily by a vote of about 60-40. Of course, that was also a specially…

Modern English, Ponderosa, Yip Deceiver, Widowspeak in new Savannah summer concert series

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Thanks to MusicFile Productions, Modern English will be playing a show on August 28th at Dollhouse here in Savannah. For those of us of a certain age, that merits a wow. Modern English’s “I Melt with You” was a nightclub…