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Bill Dawers

City Talk appears every Tuesday and Sunday - Email me. Send mail to 10 East 32nd St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.

City Talk: Hurricane Irma’s hard hit on local workers

We already knew that Hurricane Irma impacted the local and regional economy, but the depth of the storm’s impact became clearer last week with the release of key employment data by the Georgia Department of Labor.

City Talk: It pays to be patient with Savannah River Landing

As regular readers of this newspaper know, the sale of the 57-acre Savannah River Landing site closed last month. The price was almost exactly $30 million.

City Talk: Lean Urbanism pilot project examines MLK, Waters corridors

About a year ago, the Project for Lean Urbanism selected Savannah and four other U.S. cities for a pilot project aimed at developing viable plans for neighborhood revitalization.

City Talk: Traditional diner fare with special flair at new restaurant on Ellis Square

The local restaurant group Ele and the Chef seems to have another hit on its hands with the Little Duck Diner at 150 St. Julian St. That’s the space most recently occupied by the downtown location of Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Image from Little Duck Diner’s Facebook page

City Talk: Laney Contemporary reinforces Savannah’s gallery scene

The grand opening for Laney Contemporary Fine Art (, Savannah’s newest art gallery, attracted a huge, enthusiastic crowd.

City Talk: Key themes emerge from debate about Forsyth monument

In a recent column, I detailed some of the history of the Confederate monument in Forsyth Park. In Sunday’s paper, Dash Coleman reported further on the monument’s history and explored other important issues.

City Talk: Will state officials be swayed by latest effort to rename bridge?

At last week’s Savannah City Council meeting, the mayor and aldermen passed a resolution calling on state officials to change the name of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge to The Savannah Bridge.

City Talk: Bull Street Taco brings fresh, simple menu to Thomas Square area

Bull Street Taco has been a big hit since opening earlier this month on a formerly quiet block between 32nd and 33rd streets.

City Talk: Storm aftermath shows demand for better bicycling infrastructure

When I was out walking on Sept. 12 — the day after the storm moved through the area — I ran into one downtown business owner on his bicycle near Forsyth Park. We noted how empty and oddly pleasant the city was.

City Talk: Irma raises long-term questions for economy, development, safety

On Wednesday afternoon, city crews were working hard in Forsyth Park to clear debris. As a result, the park looked great less than 48 hours after Irma moved entirely out of the Savannah area.

City Talk: Local Irma response hampered by state response

I’m writing this column on Tuesday morning. The sky is blue, and the city is springing back to life. It’s been quite a week.

City Talk: Coastal development has not been tested by major hurricane

As I write this column, I have no idea where Hurricane Irma will be when you read it.

City Talk: Nonprofit funding criteria reflect new strategic plan

As many of you remember, a 2016 decision by Savannah city leaders to cut funding to outside social service and arts agencies generated considerable controversy.

City Talk: Savannah hospitality employment similar to Charleston, Asheville, New Orleans

In Sunday’s column, I mentioned that I was going to compare employment in the leisure and hospitality sector in Savannah and a few other select cities.

City Talk: July employment estimates show continued strength of area economy

According to the estimates recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah metro area added 4,300 nonfarm payroll jobs between July 2017 and July 2017. That increase of 2.4 percent is markedly faster than the rate of population growth.

City Talk: Downtown density debate: Boring but important

We had some big news last week in Savannah. Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s bold call for reappraisal of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and the Confederate monument in Forsyth Park prompted a fascinating discussion among members of City Council.

City Talk: Take close look at Savannah’s Confederate monument in Forsyth

The current national controversies about the role of Confederate monuments in 21st century America have led many Savannahians to question the presence of the large memorial in Forsyth Park. Mayor Eddie DeLoach and members of City Council addressed the question at Thursday’s meeting.

City Talk: Council to vote again on controversial Bolton Street project

On the day after the most recent Savannah City Council meeting, Alderman Tony Thomas announced on his official Facebook page that he planned to call a “vote for reconsideration” of the approval of a 114-unit apartment complex on East Bolton Street between Drayton and Abercorn streets.

City Talk: Should more 20th century Savannah buildings be considered historic?

In Tuesday’s column, I argued that the planned apartment building next to Forsyth Park along East Bolton Street would be too massive for the neighborhood context.

City Talk: New apartment building too massive for East Bolton

Last Thursday, a divided Savannah City Council paved the way for a five-story, 114-unit apartment building that will stretch from Drayton to Abercorn streets between East Bolton Street and East Bolton Lane.