More good economic news in July employment numbers: 209k new jobs, 6.2% unemployment

From today’s release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in…

Scenes of Savannah’s Broughton Street and Tybee Island in first trailer for “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”

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Well this looks fun, I guess: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will be released in the U.S. on Feb. 6, 2015, but that trailer is already out. I don’t know how I feel about the mix of animation…

Check out this spectacular 2-minute time-lapse video of Savannah

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The following video “Savannah – A Time Lapse” is by James Biscardi and Dan MacKenzie. The music is “The Stars Came Out Once The Lights Went Out” by The Veils. Many of the scenes are in the heart of the…

Savannah restaurant scene getting more interesting — a quick roundup of latest developments

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There has been some pretty exciting news lately for the Savannah restaurant and dining scene. For this quick update, I’m relying heavily on embedded posts from Facebook pages and other social media. You can quickly click on through those embeds…

Another solid month for job growth in the U.S. in June

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From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains were widespread, led by employment growth in…

Will the mainstream U.S. media ever dissect World Cup defeat?

Strange as this may seem to those who know me, I coached some high school and middle school soccer many years ago. In fact, I co-coached (neither of us wanted the distinction of “head”) what might have been one of…

Flawed search process propelled Savannah’s plans to raze historic cottages for a new police station

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In my sort of obsessively detailed City Talk column today, I continue to look at the city of Savannah’s plan to destroy 36 historic homes facing 33rd and 34th streets between MLK and Montgomery. The site would become the new…

Hugh Acheson’s The Florence opens bakery and coffeeshop, dinner coming soon

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If you read this blog regularly, you probably already know about Chef Hugh Acheson’s plans to open The Florence at One West Victory in Savannah (that’s the major new apartment development at the southwest corner of Bull and Victory). Here’s…

Savannah’s plan to destroy historic homes for new police precinct is even worse than I thought

The city of Savannah’s plan to replace relatively recently renovated historic workers’ cottages with a new police precinct is one of the worst public policy decisions I’ve seen since I’ve been writing columns about city life. (That’s 14 years and…

Larry Summers critiques new book critiquing policy responses and causes of the deep recession and slow recovery

Very wonkish, but it’s worth checking out Lawrence Summers on ‘House of Debt’ in the FT. From Summers’ review/critique of the new book House of Debt by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi: Mian and Sufi, professors at Princeton and the…

A few thoughts on the May employment report showing 217,000 new jobs added in U.S., unemployment rate at 6.3%, and total employment at all-time high

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The U.S. economy probably needs to add somewhere around 120,000 jobs per month to keep up with population growth, so the May Employment Situation showing 217,000 more jobs is pretty good news. First some info, then a few comments. From…

Fountain in front of Forsyth Park stage will be removed (a little late, but a good idea); a lesson in design

So the fountain in front of the stage in Forsyth Park will be removed — the decorative part, not the spray fountain next to it. If you’ve been among the thousands frustrated over the last four years by the way…