This is the only property in the Landmark Historic District on the official list of the 100 worst properties in Savannah

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In today’s City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News, I have a few preliminary thoughts on the city of Savannah’s new 100 Worst Properties list, which is part of the Blight to Bright campaign. I find it so interesting…

What can we do about rapid gentrification of Savannah’s older neighborhoods and the likely increase in suburban poverty?

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In my City Talk column today detailing reasons why Savannah should be encouraging more residential density downtown, I touch again on the massive demographic shifts that we’re seeing in some neighborhoods in Savannah. If you want to get a sense…

Flooding on Abercorn Street (video): how can we minimize the damage?

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It poured in and around downtown Savannah today. Much of the area that experienced street flooding sits well above sea level — it’s some of the highest land in the county. But we have longstanding drainage problems when the rain…

Saga of blighted building on Waters Ave. turning into another embarrassment for Savannah city officials and a state senator

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Where to begin? A month ago, the city of Savannah was taking nominations of blight for the 100 Worst Properties List. Three weeks later, there is still no sign of that list. I’ll try to find out when it will…

Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago today — a few thoughts

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Mary Flannery O’Connor died on August 3, 1964 — 50 years ago today. What more would Flannery O’Connor have written if she had lived to the age of 89? What would she not have written in her 20s and 30s…

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…