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Bill Dawers

City Talk appears every Tuesday and Sunday - Email me. Send mail to 10 East 32nd St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.

City Talk: City budget: It’s déjà vu

We really shouldn’t be in this situation.

City Talk: Small businesses look to lure downtown shoppers

Just like that, the holidays are upon us.

City Talk: Voters rejected fix for train crossing delays

In Sunday’s newspaper, Kelly Quimby reported on the disruptions caused by trains in Garden City.

City Talk: Deadline approaches for survey about Confederate memorial

The ongoing debate about the future of Savannah’s Confederate memorial in Forsyth Park will enter a new phase next week.

CITY TALK: Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon weekend features winners, losers

Savannah has now hosted eight versions of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

City Talk: Expect more investment in Montgomery corridor

I have been writing for years about the inevitability of major investment in the Montgomery Street corridor north of Victory Drive. The area is close to downtown, convenient for multiple modes of transportation and dotted with dramatically underutilized properties.

City Talk: Two-way conversion of Montgomery will improve connectivity

Last week, Savannah City Council approved the conversion of Montgomery Street from one-way to two-way traffic between Liberty Street and Broughton Street.

City Talk: Talking to tourists about crime

“Do you live here?”

City Talk: Starland gets stranger with new Graveface Annex

I’ve been occasionally chronicling changes in Starland for over 15 years, but I never dreamed the neighborhood along the Bull Street corridor would host a shop like the new Annex at Graveface Records & Curiosities.

City Talk: Hurricane Irma’s hard hit on local workers

We already knew that Hurricane Irma impacted the local and regional economy, but the depth of the storm’s impact became clearer last week with the release of key employment data by the Georgia Department of Labor.

City Talk: It pays to be patient with Savannah River Landing

As regular readers of this newspaper know, the sale of the 57-acre Savannah River Landing site closed last month. The price was almost exactly $30 million.

City Talk: Lean Urbanism pilot project examines MLK, Waters corridors

About a year ago, the Project for Lean Urbanism selected Savannah and four other U.S. cities for a pilot project aimed at developing viable plans for neighborhood revitalization.

City Talk: Traditional diner fare with special flair at new restaurant on Ellis Square

The local restaurant group Ele and the Chef seems to have another hit on its hands with the Little Duck Diner at 150 St. Julian St. That’s the space most recently occupied by the downtown location of Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Image from Little Duck Diner’s Facebook page

City Talk: Laney Contemporary reinforces Savannah’s gallery scene

The grand opening for Laney Contemporary Fine Art (, Savannah’s newest art gallery, attracted a huge, enthusiastic crowd.

City Talk: Key themes emerge from debate about Forsyth monument

In a recent column, I detailed some of the history of the Confederate monument in Forsyth Park. In Sunday’s paper, Dash Coleman reported further on the monument’s history and explored other important issues.

City Talk: Will state officials be swayed by latest effort to rename bridge?

At last week’s Savannah City Council meeting, the mayor and aldermen passed a resolution calling on state officials to change the name of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge to The Savannah Bridge.

City Talk: Bull Street Taco brings fresh, simple menu to Thomas Square area

Bull Street Taco has been a big hit since opening earlier this month on a formerly quiet block between 32nd and 33rd streets.

City Talk: Storm aftermath shows demand for better bicycling infrastructure

When I was out walking on Sept. 12 — the day after the storm moved through the area — I ran into one downtown business owner on his bicycle near Forsyth Park. We noted how empty and oddly pleasant the city was.

City Talk: Irma raises long-term questions for economy, development, safety

On Wednesday afternoon, city crews were working hard in Forsyth Park to clear debris. As a result, the park looked great less than 48 hours after Irma moved entirely out of the Savannah area.

City Talk: Local Irma response hampered by state response

I’m writing this column on Tuesday morning. The sky is blue, and the city is springing back to life. It’s been quite a week.