Number of early voters — and black voters — surges in Georgia

According to the United States Elections Project, 774,690 Georgians voted early in 2010. As of yesterday (Nov. 1), 934,485 Georgians had voted early in 2014. That’s a remarkable increase. But how many of those early voters would have voted on…

A few thoughts on public discourse and groupthink in Savannah

Last Tuesday in my City Talk column, I launched an aggressive criticism of the proposed funding mechanism for Savannah Serves, a new ambassadorial, beautification, public safety initiative that would add a fee/surcharge/tax of 25 cents to every sales tax eligible…

NYT Travel section checks out what’s doing in Savannah – in 1986

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I wish I could say I found the article linked below because I was searching for some background for a City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News or for a detailed blog post here. But I ran across this…

On Savannah’s Broughton Street: Ben Carter vs. Who????

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I’ve been writing about Broughton Street changes in my City Talk columns for over 14 years, and I have a slightly different take on the recent moves by developer Ben Carter, who now controls about three dozen retail properties in…

Savannah’s Victorian District chosen one of 2014’s great neighborhoods by the American Planning Association

Savannah’s Victorian District isĀ among 10 neighborhoods recently chosen by the American Planning Association’s for recognition in its Great Places series. Other neighborhoods on the list are in Oakland; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Dorchester, Mass.; Jackson, Miss.; St. Louis; Albany, N.Y.; Richmond,…

Another solid employment report: U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in August, unemployment drops below 6 percent

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From the BLS: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care.…

Savannah stadium study leaves key questions unanswered

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Call me naive, but I was assuming the $55,000 study to determine the feasibility of a new multi-purpose stadium (multi-purpose, yes, but primarily for the Sand Gnats) would at least address the most important questions. But the 90-page study from…

Orlando Montoya of Savannah Podcast (formerly GPB) launches Patreon campaign – video

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Interested in the couple behind a new Southside Savannah supermarket that specializes in products from Mexico? In the reopening of Savannah’s King-Tisdell Cottage? In the new season of the Savannah Philharmonic? In learning more about “the weeping time” when over…

Should Savannah expand the to-go cup zone?

This is another post in response to the release late last week (on the Friday before Labor Day) of the proposed revisions — major revisions — to the city of Savannah’s alcohol ordinance. I’ve already written a couple of posts…

Savannah’s Fashion Night 2014 – photos

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I’ll have more to say about Savannah’s Fashion Night in my City Talk column on Tuesday, so this post is pretty much just photos of the well-attended, exciting event. I liked using Broughton Street for the runway shows, but that…

Should Savannah bars be forced to hire additional and costly latenight security?

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If you’re looking for broader background on some elements of the draft of the City of Savannah’s new alcohol ordinance, click here. That post focuses on Savannah’s proposed draconian restrictions regarding anyone under 21 being inside a restaurant that serves…

Chipotle on Savannah’s Southside probably opening by late September

Chipotle opened its first Savannah location on Victory Drive near Whole Foods Market in late September 2013. It looks like the second Savannah Chipotle will be opening in late September 2014. The second local store will be at 318 Mall…