Author: bill dawers

A few thoughts on the RICO civil suit filed by four former Savannah cops

If you’re interested in the RICO civil lawsuit filed a few days ago by four former Savannah police officers against 11 others, the best summary might be by Jan Skutch at SavannahNow: 4 former Savannah-Chatham cops sue ex-chief Lovett, others…

The full video + 9 takeaways from the first Savannah mayoral forum

Thanks very much to the Savannah Jaycees for hosting the mayoral forum on Monday night, and thanks to WTOC for streaming it live and posting the embeddable video that you can watch here. Takeaways (these are of course my personal…

Six takeaways from first poll of the Savannah mayoral race

The Savannah Morning News on Friday published the results of an automated phone survey by Rosetta Stone Communications of 400 likely voters about their preferences in the city’s upcoming mayoral election. The four candidates are Eddie DeLoach, Edna Jackson (I),…

Finally, Ben Affleck moving ahead with “Live by Night” filming on the Georgia coast?

I was way ahead of the curve, it appears: I was writing over two years ago about the likelihood that Ben Affleck would make his next movie in Savannah and surrounding areas. But things — like Batman — happen. Now…

Food trucks in Savannah? A case study of the old Sears parking lot

In my City Talk column on Sunday, I wrote about the restrictions in the city of Savannah’s first draft of a food truck ordinance. Sure, sure, sure, city officials keep saying that it’s just a draft and that everything in…

Photos of historic Frankfort, Kentucky, on a quiet afternoon

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky, over the last year and a half. I was up there again for Labor Day weekend, and I took a long walk on Sunday afternoon. I started…

What are our options for redesigning Drayton and Whitaker streets in Savannah?

In my City Talk column on Sunday — Is it time to talk traffic calming in downtown Savannah? — I focused entirely on Drayton Street and Whitaker Street. Many drivers on those streets greatly exceed the posted speed limit (35…

What are the chances that Edna Jackson will be reelected mayor of Savannah?

So what are Savannah mayor Edna Jackson’s chances for reelection in November? Short answer: very high. We could find examples in relatively recent history of incumbent Savannah mayors losing their reelection battles (Rousakis and Weiner in the 1990s), and we…

Will Savannah move to the forefront of the South’s restaurant scene?

People get mad when I say anything remotely critical about Savannah’s restaurant scene, which is pretty funny since I’ve probably written positively about more new restaurants here than anyone else over the last 15 years. The Savannah metro area population…

Hey Savannah voters, do you even know what city council district you live in?

After the 2010 Census, municipalities around the country had to redraw voting district lines. The city of Savannah was not obligated to do that for the 2011 citywide elections, but we do have new aldermanic districts for the 2015 vote.…

“Magic Mike XXL” makers — including director Steven Soderbergh — talk about pleasures of filming in Georgia

Well this is pretty cool. I don’t really know if things like this are common in the film world, but the makers of Magic Mike XXL have participated in a thank you video that amounts to high praise of Savannah…

A few thoughts on the Confederate flag and the changing meaning of symbols

From Ku Klux Klan to protest removal of Confederate flag on July 18 at Statehouse in today’s Charleston Post & Courier: The Ku Klux Klan has been approved to hold a protest rally at the Statehouse next month against removing…

Photos of The Rolling Stones in Atlanta on 6/9/15

As I’ve said before, I used to post a lot of music content to this website, but a year and a half ago I founded a collaborative music blog that focuses on Savannah: hissing lawns. hissing lawns is named in…

The New York Times spends “36 Hours in Savannah”

The NYT’s popular “36 Hours” column covers Savannah this week. I like the opening: Some of Savannah’s best-known attractions — mossy cemeteries, old mansions, ghost tours — give the misleading impression that the city is a macabre vestige of its…