New Orleans’ St. Charles Avenue — a perfect street design for changing times

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I was in New Orleans for a few days last week and traveled routinely on St. Charles Avenue. Cursory web searches didn’t turn up the date that St. Charles was first laid out, but it’s obviously a key connector that…

Savannah Whole Foods now accepting applications

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I think the opening of Savannah’s Whole Foods Market later this summer is going to be a major milestone for the city. Savannah’s food culture has developed in positive ways in recent years, with larger numbers of residents investing in…

First impression: Facebook’s new graph search looks like a flop

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Maybe I should begin by saying that I’m trying out Facebook’s new graph search using my old Mac laptop, OS 10.5.8, with Safari 5.0.6. Maybe the age of those systems is contributing to the new search system’s abject failures here…

The Wild — folk punk band from Atlanta — hits the road promoting stirring new album

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The Wild starts a long summer tour today in Cincinnati that will take them from coast to coast supporting their stirring new album Dreams Are Maps. I’ve been following The Wild’s energetic, passionate music for about a year and a…

A true slice of Savannah turns out to say goodbye to Ben Tucker (lots of photos)

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Ben Tucker’s passing is certainly one of the saddest and most newsworthy events in recent memory here in Savannah. But the New Orleans-style processional after the funeral service at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension was joyous and beautiful. And…

Damon and the Shitkickers album release party, with special guests (photos)

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I wrote just a few days ago about Damon and the Shitkickers and their great debut album Short Cups and Long Nights, so I won’t say much more here. The extended happy hour at The Jinx to launch the album…

Ben Tucker remembered with joyous procession and music

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It’s about 4 p.m., and it’s pouring rain. I just checked the satellite radar and there are only a couple of dots on it — one of them is drenching downtown Savannah. It seems almost fitting. Ben Tucker was laid…

What’s the best way to close the racetrack on Hutchinson Island?

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In the second half of my City Talk column today, I write about the obvious incompatibilities of having a racetrack serve as an access road for businesses on Hutchinson Island and for several planned or plotted high-end residential developments. Adam…

Damon and the Shitkickers album release party on Saturday at The Jinx

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Back in 2009, I was chatting with Charles Hodge out at Armstrong, where he was a student at the time. I knew that most of Charles’ musical training had been in classical and jazz, so I was a little surprised…

Living near college students — it’s pretty good most of the time

There has been a lot of college-student-bashing around Savannah recently, especially in relation to a new student-oriented apartment complex on 61st Street near Habersham Village. And this isn’t the first time. I hear Savannah residents talk derisively of apartments being…

Memorial party, bike ride, special Moon River brew to raise awareness and to honor cyclist killed on the road

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I didn’t know Matt Kohler, but it sounds like he was a great guy. From Moon River Brewing Company’s event page for Matt’s Moon River Cruise: This event is named in memory of Matt Kohler, who was hit from behind…

U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, unemployment rate at 7.6 percent

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From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in professional and business services,…