Category: Living Savannah

Georgia Conservancy President muddies the water on harbor deepening

A couple of days ago, Georgia Conservancy president Pierre Howard published an op-ed in the Savannah Morning News: “Deepen port, protect resources”. At first, the piece might have seemed a blessing to proponents of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and…

Savannah Stopover preview #4: The Drenched Earth Tour

This is the fourth in occasional posts previewing acts slated for the Savannah Stopover festival March 9-12, 2011. The detailed schedule has not yet been released, but The Drenched Earth Tour appears booked to perform on Friday, March 11th, at…

Sunday package sales probably dead again this year in Georgia state legislature

According to various news reports, Georgia is just one of three states that allows no package beer, wine, or liquor sales on Sundays. A variety of business groups and civil libertarians have been pushing for a change for years, but…

Savannah Stopover preview #3: Class Actress

This is the third in occasional posts previewing acts slated for the Savannah Stopover festival March 9-12, 2011. The detailed schedule has not yet been released, but Class Actress appears booked to perform in Savannah on Thursday, March 10, with…

Of race and leadership

Here’s my column today in the Savannah Morning News: “A city stuck arguing about race and leadership“. I grew up in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s in a predominantly white town — there were literally only a handful of…

Savannah housing market update: new listings down from a year ago, but inventory still too high

For a great roundup of the Savannah metro area real estate sales data from January, check out Adam Van Brimmer’s “Local housing market trudges along” in today’s Savannah Morning News. Since Adam moved from sports writing to business writing, which…

Savannah Harbor Expansion Project: the view from South Carolina

Take a look at Mary Mayle’s Portside column today in the SMN: “S.C. takes off gloves on harbor deepening”. I noted in a couple of columns recently that Georgia politicians and other supporters of harbor deepening had clearly failed in…

City manager search lingers on

In my column for this upcoming Sunday in the Savannah Morning News, I’m writing about some of the issues of race and leadership that the city is confronting right now. Today, as many of you probably already know, Mayor Johnson…

Savannah Stopover preview #1: Genre-bending Astronautalis

This is the first of periodic posts about acts scheduled for the Savannah Stopover festival in March 2011. The Stopover hasn’t released its full schedule yet, but Astronautalis appears booked with the rap act Sims for The Wormhole on Thursday,…

Deepening the Savannah River channel runs up against salinity issues and city politics

My freshman composition students at Armstrong are writing persuasive papers right now. As I always do for such assignments, I’m reminding them repeatedly that it’s impossible to craft truly effective arguments if writers ignore — or don’t understand —┬áthe best…

The new Cultural Arts Center: economic development? re-establishing the downtown grid? serving community needs?

As you can tell by my overly long title to this post, Savannah’s new Cultural Arts Center will have many effects — all positive, I think — assuming it is sited, designed, and administered well. I write about the site…

The Red River, Dare Dukes, General O, KidSyc@Brandywine playing this weekend

It’s an especially interesting weekend for music in Savannah, and it sure would be great to see some new faces out supporting some impressive bands. Tonight (Thursday) at Tantra on Broughton Street, KidSyc@Brandywine will be performing sometime after 10 p.m.…

City manager search: is there a way forward?

The short answer is no. I didn’t listen to Bill Edwards’ interview with Mayor Johnson this morning on WTKS 1290, but some key quotes have already been posted in this piece by Lesley Conn on the Savannah Morning News website.…

National Book Award-winning novelist Jaimy Gordon to speak in Savannah on February 24th

As some of you may know, I’m currently the president of the board of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. We’ve brought in some great speakers over the last few years: Brad Gooch launched his widely acclaimed Flannery: A Life of…