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Re: “Westside Arena: Contaminated, with a chance of flooding

Excellent article and so nice to feel like we're reading real investigative journalism in a Savannah paper again instead of advernews. Rare thing in print or online these days who'd think? Keep it up!

Posted by Shannon Scott on 08/27/2019 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Girls Who Code Savannah comes to Geekend

So excited

Posted by Sari Gilbert on 04/25/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “18 for '18: The Year in Review

Re: the weed section. You can protest that you do not approve any searches or seizures without a warrant. Hopefully you will have your own camera running. If the cops search anyway, a good lawyer can likely get any such "evidence" thrown out.

Posted by Mr. Vinegaroon on 01/03/2019 at 3:31 PM

Re: “18 for '18: The Year in Review

Enjoyable reading for an out-of-towner who visits a few times a year.....but don't feel you are alone in your frustrations (with City Council and the like....) same situation in my home town.....and State.....anonymous, Cape May, New Jersey

Posted by Jack Riehl on 12/30/2018 at 7:48 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

To clarify, Dan, I don't represent The Creative Coast (I rent out office space from them). Also, they're not a news organization, so I don't really understand what role they'd have in any sort of 'investigation.'

Posted by Carl V. Lewis on 09/29/2018 at 5:30 AM

Re: “Westside Arena: The parking puzzle

Marcel, contact me, greatspacesllc at yahoo
I have very important information/facts which both supports your contentions and provides opportunities for a better sited arena and many other benefits as well. It is the type of innovation unknown in Savannah. Will be a battle, but you'll see the benefits are well worth that battle.
If any other readers know of Marcel's contact info please inform at the above email addy. It's rather urgent. Thanks.

Posted by SavannahAmbitions on 09/26/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

The Bull Street Corridor needs enlightened leadership but it seems there are a few players who want it for all for themselves, people who dont know or care to know our history together, painful as it was and still is. People who are possessed by greed. Nothing new.

Is it really more to do with a creative whitewashing of a culturally diverse section of Bull Street? I wonder. But I hold out a faint hope that this is not the case and that wise leadership will prevail.

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Posted by ChaseAnderson on 09/22/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

The co-opting of neighborhood association leaders and others is a long standing practice here. Heck, round election time you can buy many preachers for almost any issue or candidate. This is nothing new. Leadership of the Curtis Cooper Health Care Center sold a whole block on York Street for $1.2 million the same year that Drayton Towers sold for $9 million.

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Posted by John Mcmasters on 09/20/2018 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

I think it is ridiculous that out of all the wrong things about the Starland Village project that Mr. Edminster warranted a mention. For me, it obscures the critical facts in the article - the city continues to arbitrarily make exceptions to their zoning ordinances and isn't doing due diligence on designs and other bidders. I may not agree completely with Mr. Edminster's views on this project. However, Mr. Edminster has shown unquestionable authentic leadership and commitment to the betterment of the Thomas Square Neighborhood. Pick another villain. Thanks Clinton!

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 09/20/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part One

Hi understanding is that your case is a now legal matter...

I posted my earlier comments hastily and frankly wish I could have deleted them later since I am not privy to the specifics of Development plans for Bull Street. But thats social media. Once posted its out there.

I only mentioned your isolated issue once to contrast the under enforcement of larger scale violations and the over enforcement of smaller ones. But its not unique to Savannah and has nothing to do with current development of Starland.

I would have been more on responding to a different article about noise to have contrasted the enthusiastic citing of your individual noise issue with the profound under enforcement of that exact same ordinance and group of related noise and tour ordinances in the landmark district. What is needed is a balanced system of compliance across the board, thats all.

But Im confident that city leaders will eventually figure that out and realize the huge revenue streams that are generated through enforcing all noise ordinance violations ...particularly vehicular noise and tour noise violations which are rarely if ever enforced.

Im confident that one day it will get sorted out one way or the other.

Posted by ChaseAnderson on 09/20/2018 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

Yes Carl I think its time for a proper investigation of the city managers office and maybe the creative coast could volunteer to be a part of this to dispell rumours.

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Posted by dan w on 09/20/2018 at 9:19 AM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part Two

Theres a whole lot of totally specious linkages given too much credence simply by publishing this he-said, she-said narrative.

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Posted by Carl V. Lewis on 09/19/2018 at 7:31 AM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part One

In answer to the comments here by Chase Anderson, I would like to respond as the single caller about their acoustic music. There is quite of bit of misinformation put forth by Foxy in the manner used by Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein - attack the accuser to deflect from the real problem.

First of all, I tried for 8 months to get cooperation from Ms. Jenkins to solve the problem so I could enjoy living in my home - never asking she end the shows and with no intention of harming her business. When I was met with nothing but empty promises and lack of cooperation, after 8 months, I gave up and turned to the city.

I am by a huge measure not the single caller which can be corroborated by the previous President of the Neighborhood Association, city officials, a former manager and even a current staff member who will all affirm that the complaints have been many for several years.

I have been subjected to reading all the lies put forth and suffered the consequences by those lies spawning hateful remarks, threats and vandalism of my property.

Also, there is NEVER an acoustic music show but rather they are blasted by electronic means throughout the neighborhood where neighbors more than block and a half away claim they are very disturbed by the shows. Thats not an acoustic music performance. It appears you have never attended a performance at Foxy and just adhere to Ms Jenkins dishonest version of the whole saga. A responsible commenter would at least be interested in knowing the full story from both sides. Is that too much to ask?

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Posted by sarinaya on 09/18/2018 at 6:28 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part One

Since no one else is commenting on this thorough piece and since our downtown Alderman has been silent, I just want to offer my services in live moderating a frank and civil panel of city and tourism officials, developers, and last but not least, creative types and native Savannah residents,
with the aim of creating a win win for sustainable development. Do I have time? No. But I will make time. I could also easily be talked out of plunging into the heart of a frenzy.

Posted by ChaseAnderson on 09/14/2018 at 1:24 PM

Re: “The Starland Village Files: Part One

Two things stand out. One of them is easily missed. The mention of "the creatives" by a developer is in itself something to look closer at. Bull street artists, who tend to see their art as potentially transformative, are wedded to commercial development in this story. It may be time for downtown artists to gather and explore whether or not that is how they see themselves and what kind of Starland they really want.

Ironically all this in contrast to the bashing Foxy Loxy is getting from our city due to a single caller about their acoustic music. The contrast is enormous.

Despite the criticism targeted at city officials and tourism leaders over the years nothing to date has matched the actions of those who seem intent on now playing a south Florida style of commercial that leaves out the human dimension while battering our legacy of historic perservation..a legacy which created the demand in the first place. And that legacy was successfully promoted for many years by Savannah tourism leaders. That is the product that needs protection by our Chamber and Council.

Our present leaders can do better and succeed but they need expert Local help... whether they want it or not. We are all in this thing together. And we means all of us.

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Posted by ChaseAnderson on 09/12/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

It's too bad Mr. Williams was not a part of the several study committees that thought this was such a great idea. I only find one statement in this article that I might take issue with, and that is regarding Savannah needing a new ARENA, and that it draws visitors. Savannah is now almost inundated with 'visitors' that we know as tourists. They come here because of Savannah being what it currently is, and for there to be a new arena, will not really increase those visitor numbers significantly. This also begs the question 'do we need more motels and restaurants' whose employees will for the most part never be able to own their own home?

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Posted by joedyer on 08/23/2018 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

The current Civic center opened in 1972. For someone who say they grew up in Savannah, it is amazing how Williams fudged on the year. Johnny Mercer and Hal Kantor were major participants in the grand opening ceremonies. There were promoters like Alex Cooley and others who booked all musical mediums: Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Pop, Country and Classical. This business about "cheap ticket/late ticket phenomenon" was not always a factor. Somewhere before Y2K and 2018, the phenomenon took on a life of its own. Maybe one of the factors were entertainers who either didn't show up or when they did were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Building a new arena somewhere else does not need to include Savannah River Landings, they got enough development already. Renovating the existing arena will disrupt traffic patterns and bring on a lot of aggravation.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 08/10/2018 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

Yes, "Tiz a puzzlement" that none of the information in these fine articles has
appeared in the local Savannah paper. One positive point, though, may be that
the readership of "Connect" is higher than that of the local paper and, thus
Mr. Williams's fine work is reaching more Savannahians.

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Posted by Marty Barnes on 08/08/2018 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

Marcel, thanks for writing this series. The points made needed to surface and hopefully communities will mobilize to have a discussion before the end of the year when the decision will be effectively set in stone.

The location for the new arena is abysmal buts it's easy to see how it was chosen. It is the location of least resistance. Easily sold to a community begging for investment. Resistance from NIMBY organizations absent.

I hope you will continue this series with an examination of potential alternates. While politically exhustive, a redevelopment of yamacraw village to include the arena deserves consideration. Sadly, no leader in Savannah has the clout to demand such an undertaking.

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Posted by Antijim on 08/07/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

Ask yourself why a series like this hasn't been published in the daily newspaper and when you reach the accurate conclusion also realize why the City will move forward on the arena anyway, cost and overruns be damned. It is the current "10-year plan" to obligate this City financially to the point where the next administration will have no other choice than to shepherd these agreements rather than pull the plug.

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 08/07/2018 at 2:11 PM

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