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CITY TALK: Funding mechanism for Savannah Serves will hurt businesses, consumers

The proposed ambassadorial program Savannah Serves, which would put three teams of trained employees on downtown streets, was greeted enthusiastically by many last week, but we have a lot of questions here at City Talk.

CITY TALK: Priorities for new Savannah-Chatham police chief

Joseph "Jack" Lumpkin will take over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Nov. 9.

CITY TALK: Sunday afternoons on Savannah's Broughton Street getting busier

Remember when Broughton Street was deserted on Sunday afternoons? Just a few years ago, Sunday afternoon shoppers would have found the big chains open, but many of the locally owned shops would be closed.

CITY TALK: 520 Wings opens second Savannah location

520 Wings recently opened its second location in the downtown area. The new restaurant is at 35 Whitaker St., just north of Broughton Street. The first 520 Wings opened in 2011 at the northwest corner of Bull Street and Victory Drive.

CITY TALK: New York Times travel article focuses on Savannah's neglected black history

Last week's New York Times travel piece about Savannah has spawned some interesting discussion about the city's neglected black history.

CITY TALK: Want more music in Savannah? Look at city's age policy

Do you wish we had more venues and more promoters willing to take risks to bring bigger and bigger acts to the city?

CITY TALK: Trying to make sense of job growth, employment estimates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia's August unemployment rate was the worst in the nation. The state's seasonally adjusted rate was only 6.9 percent in April, but it rose steadily from that post-recession low to 8.1 percent in August.

CITY TALK: City government mindset favors tourists over residents

In the city of Savannah's proposed alcohol ordinance, hotel bars and restaurants would not face the same new burdens as other establishments with alcohol licenses.

CITY TALK: Nothing entirely new in Savannah's Broughton Streeet business trends, streetscape needs

In 1995, Jane Fishman wrote a column titled "New shops blooming on Broughton," which detailed two independent retailers opening on the same block.

CITY TALK: Plan to expand Savannah's to-go cup zone would help one business, hurt another

Several recent City Talk columns have dealt with aspects of the city of Savannah's proposed new alcohol ordinance. Readers should expect more such columns in the coming weeks.

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. In that column, I questioned the provision in the city of Savannah’s draft alcohol ordinance revision that would ban anyone under 21 from working for “a licensed alcohol beverage caterer” if the employee had any contact with alcohol.

CITY TALK: Savannah's Fashion Night brings energy, diversity to downtown

Most City Talk readers probably already know that last week's Savannah's Fashion Night grew out of Fashion's Night Out, the Vogue-spearheaded worldwide effort that included more than 500 cities at its peak.

CITY TALK: What rights should be taken away from legal adults age 18-20?

Over the last decade, there has been considerable debate in Savannah about the legal rights of 18- to 20-year-old citizens. For the most part, those young adults have been on the losing end of those debates.

CITY TALK: Proposed alcohol revisions raise questions about Savannah's leaders

"A multi-departmental City team including representatives from Police, Fire, the Revenue Department and the City Attorney's Office has been meeting for more than a year to draft comprehensive revisions to Savannah's Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.

CITY TALK: Top Deck offers spectacular view of Savannah River

I finally made it to Top Deck last week. That's the bar atop the new Cotton Sail Hotel at 126 W. Bay St. Top Deck offers commanding views of the Savannah River, especially looking toward the port.

CITY TALK: A first look at Savannah's 100 worst properties

A number of years ago, two blighted houses marred Barnard Street just north of 40th Street.

CITY TALK: 'The Grey' brings classic 20th century Savannah building back to life

Great cities find ways of reinventing themselves when faced with adversity. And so do great buildings. Many of us feared the deteriorating former Greyhound bus station at 109 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. would eventually have to be torn down.

CITY TALK: Forsyth Farmers Market and Savannah's emerging food culture

It was already blazing hot by the time I got to the Forsyth Farmers Market just after noon on Saturday, but the south end of the park was still bustling with activity. The market is now more than 5 years old, and it’s clear it has had some far-reaching effects. The market has transformed the shopp...

CITY TALK: Savannah's fashion night and the 2014 version of Broughton Street

Mark your calendars for Savannah's Fashion Night, which will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 4. The annual soiree began as part of Fashion's Night Out, but that international event went on hiatus (or maybe just ended permanently).

CITY TALK: The Oglethorpe plan and Savannah River Landing

We still don't know what the current owners of Savannah River Landing have planned for the site.

CITY TALK: Reasons to encourage downtown density

Tuesday’s City Talk considered some issues regarding population density in Savannah’s older neighborhoods. I noted in that column that demographic trends in Savannah seem to be reflecting national trends showing a considerable rise in suburban poverty even as younger, wealthier people are moving...

CITY TALK: Take another look at downtown density

City Talk hasn't looked closely at the issue of downtown residential density for quite a while, so consider this the first in a periodic series about the benefits of greater density in older neighborhoods and about strategies that will get us there. U.

CITY TALK: Free speech ruling puts Savannah's tour guide test to the test

A recent post on The Bonnie Blue Blog "10 Careless Lies Told by Careless Guides" details a handful of the "casual lies" frequently peddled by tour guides in Savannah.

CITY TALK: Fight against crime in Savannah should begin in the streets

A recent spate of shootings has Savannah crime back in the news, but it’s hard not to be cynical about public officials pledging renewed efforts....

CITY TALK: New Pie Society location opens in Savannah's City Market

The opening of the downtown location of Pie Society is another exciting development for foodies in Savannah....

CITY TALK: Savannah could learn a few things from Louisville

At a press event last week on the first day of the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer noted that we were all standing on a site that was formerly “junk yards and scrap yards.” The ongoing creation of Louisville’s glorious 85-acre Waterfront Park along the Ohio River is...

CITY TALK: Will new police precinct spur revitalization along Savannah's MLK?

In recent City Talk columns, I’ve taken a detailed look at the city of Savannah’s plan to raze historic homes and build a new Central Precinct on 1.6 acres along 33rd and 34th streets between Montgomery Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard....

CITY TALK: A few notes on rapid demographic change south of Savannah's Forsyth Park

Recent City Talk columns have touched upon issues related to the changing demographics and identities of neighborhoods in the greater downtown area.

CITY TALK: The Florence brings promise to key stretch of Victory Drive

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that The Florence has opened at One West Victory. Chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson is widely known for his appearances on Bravo's "Top Chef" and owns establishments in Athens and Atlanta.

CITY TALK: Savannah's neighborhoods: What's in a name?

So what do you call your neighborhood? Reporters Dash Coleman and Julia Ritchey teamed for a fascinating feature in Sunday's paper that looked at identity, conflicting maps and ongoing demographic changes in Savannah's older neighborhoods.

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