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Bill Dawers

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City Talk: MPC will consider new developments impacting Thomas Square

Last Tuesday, residents of Thomas Square packed the community room at the Whitaker Street fire station to hear about two large developments that will have broad impacts on the neighborhood.

City Talk: St. Patrick’s Day festivities reach crossroads

St. Patrick’s Day means many things to many people. It’s a religious holiday, a celebration of Irish culture, a reason to party, a community-spirited parade, a major tourist draw, a reason to party some more.

City Talk: Whitaker Street experiment shows promise, raises questions

The city of Savannah has launched a pilot project to reduce Whitaker Street to one lane from Bay Street to Broughton Street.

City Talk: Confederate memorial committee honors past, present

Last week, Savannah City Council held the first public discussion of the final report of the Confederate Memorial Task Force.

City Talk: New hotel map raises provocative questions

At last week’s meeting of Savannah’s City Council, the mayor and aldermen approved a map that will guide future hotel development in the Landmark Historic District.

City Talk: Has unemployment rate fallen as low as possible?

The Savannah metro area unemployment rate was 4 percent in December, according to the latest estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor.

City Talk: Fox & Fig brings vegan menu to Troup Square

The cozy restaurant space at 321 Habersham St. near Troup Square has been through many changes over the years.

Tacos at the Fox & Fig Cafe (Photo from Facebook)

City Talk: Area job growth strong in 2017

According to recently released data from the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah job market remained robust throughout 2017.

City Talk: ‘Location efficiency’ should be considered along with housing costs

Several recent City Talk columns have focused on the increasing need for affordable housing in the Savannah metro area, especially in neighborhoods that are close to jobs and a variety of transportation options.

City Talk: NaaN on Broughton off to a great start

I made my first trip to NaaN On Broughton just a few days after the restaurant opened.

Briyani from NaaN on Broughton (Image from

City Talk: Evening parking easy to find as new parking rules take effect

If you routinely park north of Liberty Street, you probably know that regulations, hours of enforcement and hourly rates changed at the beginning of 2018.

City Talk: Ice reveals some weaknesses

I had an unlucky start to 2018. I was out of town for Savannah’s rare snowfall.

City Talk: Trends to watch in Savannah in 2018

In last Sunday’s column, I wrote about some of the major developments of 2017. So today let’s consider a few trends worth watching in 2018.

Bill Dawers

City Talk: Key development along Montgomery, Jefferson moves ahead

The city block bounded by West Anderson, Jefferson, West 31st and Montgomery streets is currently home to an auto garage, a large blighted lot, another large vacant lot and four historic residential buildings with a total of nine dwelling units.

City Talk: Good news for the holidays

Have you been hoping for some good news here at the holidays?

City Talk: How we’re changing – and how we aren’t

In last Sunday’s column, we looked at new information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey about the rapidly changing Thomas Square neighborhood south of Forsyth Park.

Bill Dawers

City Talk: We remember recession with lessons unlearned

Memories fade fast, and the day-to-day grind can rob us of perspective.

City Talk: New Census estimates highlight need for affordable housing

In Tuesday’s City Talk about The Foram Group’s proposed Starland Village development on Bull Street, I noted that some neighborhood residents are becoming increasingly concerned about gentrification and the need for affordable housing.

City Talk: East End Provisions brings welcome neighborhood feel to restaurant scene

East End Provisions ( — a sharp addition to the downtown restaurant scene — opened last month at 420 E. Broughton St. in the space that was occupied for over 20 years by Juarez.

City Talk: Local job market shaking off Irma’s effects

The latest employment estimates for the Savannah metro area from the Georgia Department of Labor show a significant rebound in October from the September job losses related to Hurricane Irma.