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CITY TALK: What's next for the current Savannah arena site?

So, if we ever build that new arena just west of downtown, what should we do with the current one?
Now that the public debate is beginning in earnest, here's a quick recap of ideas from this column over the years.

CITY TALK: Recent developments shine spotlight on music in Savannah

In recent weeks, we’ve seen an especially strong spotlight on the arts in Savannah. The Telfair Art Fair and other offerings have showcased local visual artists, and a variety of developments have brought attention from around the world to the Savannah music scene.

CITY TALK: Better connectivity needed for stretches of Savannah's Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

One afternoon last week on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, I watched a handicapped man get off a Chatham Area Transit bus at 33rd Street.

He walked slowly but safely off the bus and stepped into the street, but then he had to face another obstacle. He had to step up over the curb onto an uneven tree lawn.

CITY TALK: New historical marker at Carnegie Library highlights ongoing Georgia Historical Society efforts

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 13, the Georgia Historical Society will hold the dedication ceremony for a new historical marker at the Carnegie Library at 537 East Henry St.

The marker will recognize the work of the Colored Library Association of Savannah, which was founded by eleven black men in 1906. According to the marker, “In 1913, the Association successfully petitioned the Carnegie Corporation of New York for funds to build a permanent home for the collection.”

CITY TALK: Can residential development keep pace with Savannah's downtown hotel construction?

A recent City Talk column praised many aspects of hotelier Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside project at the west end of River Street.

Of course, he’s not the only hotel developer in town. Other hotels along River Street will also bring economic activity, and we’re likely to see more hotels built on the edges of the Historic District.

CITY TALK: Treylor Park brings inventive menu, reasonable prices to Savannah's Bay Street

Treylor Park, the new restaurant and bar at 115 East Bay St., has only been open a couple of weeks, but I’ve managed to make two trips already.

The comfortable main room is right off Bay Street, but on both visits we decided to sit at the bar in the courtyard, a really pleasant spot along the lane.

CITY TALK: Local job market outperforming most of Georgia

Georgia has had the worst unemployment rate in the nation for the last two months.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September was 7.9 percent, down slightly from 8.1 percent in August and from 8.0 percent in September 2013.

CITY TALK: Taking a walk around Savannah's Plant Riverside

On Wednesday evening, I spent some time walking along River Street.

Every time I go down there on a weeknight, I swear to myself that I’ll visit River Street more regularly.

I walked from Bull Street to the west end to take another look at the site of hotelier Richard Kessler’s massive Plant Riverside project.

CITY TALK: Should the city of Savannah mandate tougher security at late-night establishments?

First, let me clarify something from last Sunday’s City Talk.