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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.

CITY TALK: Ambition pays off for Savannah Fashoin Week 2014

In her opening remarks at last week's runway show in Forsyth Park, Savannah Fashion Week president Heather Kaney Burge emphasized the diversity of styles that the attendees would see. And she was sure right about that.

CITY TALK: New investment, development changing face of downtown Savannah

In recent City Talk columns, I've considered some of the impacts of One West Victory, which is nearing completion, and of the city's new cultural arts center, which is planned for the southwest corner of Oglethorpe Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr.

CITY TALK: Upbeat data suggests growing local labor force

The unemployment rate in the Savannah metro area ticked up to 6.7 percent in March from 6.6 percent in February. Most of the state saw the unemployment rate stay the same or fall slightly in March compared to February.

CITY TALK: How One West Victory fits into Savannah's urban landscape

When One West Victory is a little closer to completion, this column will take a closer look at the interior spaces and at any new businesses that set up shop there, including Hugh Acheson's restaurant The Florence.

CITY TALK: Shopping for vinyl at Graveface -- on Record Store Day and every day

When I got to Graveface Records & Curiosities on West 40th Street just after lunch on Saturday, the store had already had a big day.

CITY TALK: Restaurant offers innovative menu at Congress and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Ampersand held its grand opening party on April 18, but the new restaurant and bar at 36 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard has been open since early March.

CITY TALK: Boundless opportunities for new Savannah arts center

Chatham County voters approved funding for Savannah's new cultural arts center in a special purpose local option sales tax referendum way back in 2006.

CITY TALK: Savannah vs. other Southern 'towns'

For the last couple weeks, Savannah has been locked in head-to-head battles with other southern "towns" in an online contest at Garden & Gun magazine.

CITY TALK: Funky Brunch Cafe attracting big crowds to Savannah's East Broughton Street

The Funky Brunch Café has been open at 304 E. Broughton St. for just a couple of weeks, but it has already been attracting big crowds. And it's easy to see why. A friend and I ventured to The Funky Brunch Café for the first time on Sunday.

CITY TALK: Savannah's Truman extension impacting commuters, businesses

The full length of the Truman Parkway has been open for about two weeks now, and a few things are obvious. For starters, the quicker trip through town has transformed the commuting experience for a certain number of drivers.

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