Home prices in November up 5.5% from a year ago, according to Case-Shiller 20 city index

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I expected house prices to bottom at some point in late 2012 or early 2013, but they bottomed last spring. Even with the usual seasonal declines this winter, it is exceedingly unlikely that prices will fall below their lows of the winter of 2011/2012.

Savannah Stopover preview: of Montreal

of Montreal

This is the first in a series of Savannah Stopover previews that I’m planning to post between now and the festival, which runs from March 7 to 9.

NYT profiles tiny Eastern Kentucky town and its expanded anti-discrimination ordinance

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I’m from Kentucky, but have never heard of Vicco, a tiny town between the bigger towns of Hazard and Whitesburg. From the NYT’s Tiny Kentucky Town Passes Ban on Gay Bias:

I’m from Kentucky, but have never heard of Vicco, a tiny town between the bigger towns of Hazard and Whitesburg.

From the NYT’s Tiny Kentucky Town Passes Ban on Gay Bias:

The Accomplices / Lobo Marino / Antique Animals – The Sentient Bean – 01/29/13

The Accomplices

The Sentient Bean has been one of the most consistent venues for live music for several years now — it’s one of the few spots around town for traveling musicians besides relatively loud and late bars. In 2012, the Bean helped solidify that position by adding beer and wine to its eclectic vegetarian menu.

Back in the Day Bakery in the national spotlight on public radio’s “The Splendid Table”


What a lovely surprise on Sunday to hear Cheryl Day’s voice on “The Splendid Table”, American Public Media’s show hosted by the sometimes-overly-cheery Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

Feature film “Savannah” will be opening 4th annual Charleston Film Festival


Savannah screened to an appreciative full house in March 2012 at Trustees Theater on Broughton Street, but it has been under the radar since then.

Economic predictions: it is possible to be realistic and unbiased?

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I was accused of being a crazy pessimist years ago too when I wrote about the Savannah housing market, but I called the bust pretty well — although I should have been more aggressive much sooner in my City Talk columns. But that pessimism wasn’t bias — it was just a realistic assessment based on objective data.

New York Magazine: “Why You Never Truly Leave High School”

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From Why You Never Truly Leave High School by Jennifer Senior: Until the Great Depression, the majority of American adolescents didn’t even graduate from high school. Once kids hit their teen years, they did a variety of things: farmed, helped…

Live Wire Music Hall closing this weekend — and leaving behind plenty of good memories

Trigger Hippy (with Joan Osborne)

For me, Live Wire was most remarkable for allowing intimate shows with acts that generally play much bigger stages. I’m thinking about The Hold Steady, Trigger Hippy, and the like.

Savannah Morning News announces partnership with Savannah Stopover

of Montreal

Contrary to what many people assume, I just freelance as a columnist for the SMN — a relationship that’s been in place for better than 12 years now. I had no idea that this partnership was brewing, but I’m sure glad to be passing along the news.

Ga. Senator Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014, will not seek third term


Chambliss’ decision leaves a wide open race, with Jack Kingston among those who might try to replace him.

Americans still driving far less than before the recession

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This rather dramatic decline/stagnation seems likely to have some significant public policy implications in coming years regarding road construction, gas tax revenues, and the need for transit and support for other alternative forms of transportation.