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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.

CITY TALK: A detailed look at city plan to raze homes

As many of you already know, the city of Savannah plans to purchase and demolish 36 historic homes facing West 33rd and 34th streets between Montgomery Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

CITY TALK: Feeling nostalgic for downtown's dive bars, video stores

Satchel, which specializes in handcrafted bags and other accessories, moved recently from Broughton Street to 4 E. Liberty St. I'll have more in an upcoming column about Satchel's successful history and new location.

CITY TALK: Flying Monk Noodle looks like a hit on Savannah's Broughton Street

Since 2011, two restaurants have opened and closed at 5 West Broughton St., but it looks as if the new Flying Monk Noodle Bar is going to stick around for a long time. And that's a good thing.

CITY TALK: Tourism's booming in Savannah; what about everything else?

By all available measures, Savannah's tourism boom continues. New hotels are being built. The city's hotel-motel tax receipts are up, and so are hotel occupancy rates.

CITY TALK: Pacci's Italian Kitchen could become habit for Savannah locals and tourists

A friend and I had dinner at Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar last week, and we're both looking forward to going back. Pacci is on the ground floor of Kimpton's The Brice, which replaced The Mulberry Inn at the corner of West Bay and Houston streets.

CITY TALK: London newspaper highlights Savannah's 'go cups'

Travel writers from around the world end up in Savannah regularly, and sometimes they actually produce pieces worth reading.

CITY TALK: What happens if Savannah settles for 'good enough'?

Many of my columns over the years have contained criticisms of major public infrastructure projects. Often, this column has supported the vision behind ambitious plans, but I have objected to key details, especially site selection and design elements.

CITY TALK: New Savannah precinct location will impede revitalization

Vibrant urban neighborhoods have some common qualities. They have a critical mass of residents and have neighborhood businesses supported in part by those residents. Vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods also have good connectivity.

CITY TALK: Walking around Savannah's Brice Hotel

The Brice opened recently at the corner of Bay and Houston streets. It’s one of more than 60 “boutique hotels” owned across the country by Kimpton, a company that generally invests in cities and metro areas much larger than Savannah. The Brice replaces The Mulberry, which was just fine in that...

CITY TALK: What Savannah can learn from Charleston

Last weekend, a friend and I made our annual day trip to Charleston for a couple of Spoleto Festival USA shows.

CITY TALK: New vision could transform eastside Savannah neighborhood

We have been talking a lot about the west side of town over the past year or so. There have been debates about the location of the new arena and of the new cultural arts center.

CITY TALK: Good labor market news, housing weaker

There was more good news for the Savannah area labor market in April. Only 906 residents of the Savannah metropolitan statistical area (Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties) filed initial claims for unemployment insurance.

CITY TALK: Roots Up Gallery brings local, regional flair to Savannah's Liberty Street

I arrived at the recent grand opening of Roots Up Gallery just as the ribbon was being cut. Regular readers might have noticed that we rarely cover ribbon cuttings here at City Talk, but I was glad to be on hand for this one.

CITY TALK: Flying out of Savannah: Does convenience trump price?

I've been up in the air quite a bit in recent months, so I've gotten more familiar with the ins and outs of Savannah/Hilton Head International.

CITY TALK: A bold vision needed for vacant lot on Savannah's Hall Street

There has recently been coverage in this paper and considerable public discussion about the fate of the large lot that had previously been slated for the city of Savannah's new cultural arts center.

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