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Re: “Georgia, S.C. now have firearm permit reciprocity

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Posted by Muhammad Bilal Khan on 12/15/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Stocking Santa's Pantry

Love!

Posted by Terri Thornton Davis on 12/14/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Fire Fee is an equal opportunity offender

This ripoff is patently illegal. Hopefully it will die a rapid death in a courtroom. Property taxes are supposed to pay for fire protection, not "studies" from high-paid out-of-towners or two city managers, one of whom does nothing, or teaching children finger-painting.

Posted by Mr. Vinegaroon on 12/13/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “What Would Mother Mathilda Do?

It would be a great idea to include Mother Matilda's park etc. on tours of Savannah. As a matter fact, Susie King Taylor and her husband opened a school for black children after the Civil War at the corner of what is now Oglethorpe and E. Broad. The cost was $1 per month. In the same area are homes that once were used as "secret schools" after an 1818 law was passed that neither slaves NOR free people of color could be taught.

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Posted by Marty Barnes on 12/13/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Fire Fee is an equal opportunity offender

Solid wrap up Jim, thank you. The only problem I have is the entire premise for a fire fee is simply that city council has no other choice. Not true. Council could cease coddling tourism and hospitality and institute impact fees on all new construction.

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Posted by John Mcmasters on 12/13/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Fire Fee is an equal opportunity offender

City can't make the budget quite simply because they are spending our tax dollars irresponsibly, and are fundamentally corrupt. To lower the Millage rate now and levy a fire fee on residents is nothing more than a ruse. Next year they will be back with an increase in the fire fee, and and increase in the millage rate. I say replace city council with people that can get the job done with the funds that they have.

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Posted by Don M on 12/12/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Gentrification: Part One

Its sort of fun to watch hipsters, SJWs, and virtue signalers agonizing about basically creating a "hipster suburb" as about as exclusionary as any gated community.

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Posted by SavannahRed on 12/08/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The future of Savannah’s affordable housing

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Posted by Ex Castillo on 12/07/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Cop corruption brings RICO allegations against officials

I have been saying for a long time how corrupt the system is in chatham county@! Its a damn shame that the ones who are put in positions to uphold the law are the damn ones breaking it!!

Posted by Carla Ford on 12/06/2017 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Inside Savannah’s sausage factory

What if someone decides not to pay this illegal ripoff called the "fire fee?" Does the
fire department then let their structure burn?

Looks like the snakes at city hall again need to call in some outsider to tell them how to do their jobs via another useless "study." You know the routine. The taxpayers pick up their airfare, car rental, lodging fees at the Westin, restaurant and bar and baby-sitting bills and pay for them to fly back wherever they came from on the weekends.

Then, after as long as they can make the free ride last, the city gets the results of their "study" and a big bill for the property taxpayers. Then the "study" immediately sinks deep into the guts of some long-forgotten computer at city hall and we go from there. Maybe both city managers will be asked to give it some thought--the one drawing $200,000 per year for doing nothing, or the other one who gets paid the same salary to come up with these crackpot parking plans and this "fire fee" idea.

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Posted by Mr. Vinegaroon on 12/06/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Gentrification: Part One

I love this. Probably the best and most comprehensive article I've ever read about Gentrification. Kudos to including many sides of the story objectively.

A couple thoughts: what about those who fall into more than one category? Homeowners who are also SJWs? And what about the majority of people who aren't immediately and directly affected by the changes? Most of them won't have the attention span to make it through an article like yours about the topic, much less have a sincere discussion about it. Sound bite opinions are far more convenient, and sadly, are more popular than ever - especially on social media.

I personally fall mainly into a "pro-gent" category, having witnessed the magnificent changes gentrification has brought to my own city of Pittsburgh. But Pittsburgh has also worked hard to minimize the impact on the most vulnerable by protecting affordable housing and assuring good paying jobs for locals as much as possible.

Id love to read more of what you write on the topic. Is there a way to sign up to receive notifications when you post?

scott@takebackroads.com

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Posted by Scott Berney on 12/05/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Gentrification: Part One

Nice to see the integrity of open inquiry and the making of critical distinctions rather than righteous, dogmatic assertions either "for" or "against" "gentrification" as a univocality and monolithic phenomenon. Appreciate your perspectival complexity and your evocative illustration of the "good news/bad news" of "progress": of the evolution of any age (which presents problems which only an emerging/subsequent age or order of cognition can solve...Einstein's adage that "you can't solve a problem on the same level it was created" comes to mind here). There is nothing in existence without the capacity to cut both ways, and how kind or cruel those cuts turn out to be seems to depend on how creative we can be with the particular problems posed by our age and how we collectively "live them forward" into - and as - the next. How we do in relation to the evolution of our own neighborhood remains to be seen.

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Posted by Brandy George on 12/05/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Can Savannah catch up?

Biking and walking trails...noble idea. Currently some bikers feel like they own the whole street and ride so close to cars one can reach out and touch them. Sharing the streets is not just on the drivers. About those walkers, some get so wrapped up on conversations on their cell phones they don't bother to see what is going on around them. Ditto for those with ear buds. How long must the rest of us have to atone for them?

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 12/03/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Can Savannah catch up?

Ive traveled all over the U.S. and what amazes me the most is the states with the worst weather (i.e. long winter months) usually have some of the best bicycling and walking trails around. While we in the South, with weather everyone moves to, have the worst cycling and walking path system.

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Posted by J.D. I. on 11/30/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Can Savannah catch up?

After living an area with walking and biking trails behind my house, In moving to Savannah I realize I took it all for granted. Savannah is in desperate need of quality of life improvements like the ones discussed in this article.

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Posted by J. P. on 11/29/2017 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Argument leads to gun discharge, man arrested

Cant' wait for the libTards to start wanting to take away the rights of honest people to defend themselves and to protect themseleves and their kids..

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Posted by ghost on 11/29/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The budget from hell and what it means

How many years has this City Hall cocktail party been going on??!! How embarrassing. How do they manage to get away with giving the go on projects that I have yet to hear one word of support for from anyone? How is that they get to keep spending OUR money on things that are not even intended to be of benefit to the people who LIVE HERE!? We don't NEED an arena, only a select group WANTS it and probably look forward to making no-strings-attached money from its construction. As adults you learn that you don't buy things you don't need when you are in debt and have NEEDS that have to be fulfilled. Until those things are taken care of, NO ARENAS! Our way of life here in Savannah is in dire peril. We can't even get the folks at the Water Bureau to learn how to use computers for Pete's sake! There seems to be plenty of small towns, who have stayed SMALL TOWNS and continued to move along with modern times without selling everything to some developer. Those same towns have managed to prosper! Imagine! The nerve of some little bitty town having bike lanes, sidewalks, free art, free music, free educational opportunities etc etc., not to mention a fully staffed Fire Department, without selling out to Big Developers! I bet they even feed their hungry children! Why those poor developers, whatever will they do if we don't hand over our city?!
We hire the City Council to take care of these things and take care of them in a way that benefits the citizens of this city. This has not been done, obviously hasn't been done across many administrations. They have failed Savannah and all of those who live here, past, present and future. No answers here, just a rant. A body just can't help it! Makes you so mad and feel so powerless. Too big for our britches. Asleep at the wheel. Up a intracostal waterway without a paddle.

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Posted by glady on 11/29/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The budget from hell and what it means

When I lived in Manhattan, developers who put up big residential towers made a deal with the city that they cleaned up and renovated the adjacent park. At one point they were required to have public open space built into the bottom of the building area. All the art colleges I have ever gone to have had night classes available to the community where full time enrollment was not a requirement. For many years the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan hosted free Saturday art classes for children 5 years through high school. The high schoolers got help putting together a portfolio to apply to college. So, why doesn't Savannah demand these types of things from the big developers and from SCAD? I don't think the people running your city government realize that they can ask for more from the big film companies, developers and SCAD. I don't believe (but, it's been awhile since I have lived in Savannah) that SCAD has any neighborhood outreach art programs, in a city full of children that so desperately need it. There's a lot of money being poured into Savannah and the city council has to realize that they can make deals with these entities to help the city.

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Posted by Diane Harvey on 11/29/2017 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: The budget from hell and what it means

Even with two shopping malls, a vibrant tourism sector, convention center, institutions of higher learning, an international airport, bustling port, military facilities, and a robust manufacturing and logistics presence, Savannahs valuation is well behind Sandy Springs ($7.7 billion), but just slightly above Alpharetta ($5.3 billion), and Roswell ($4.8 billion), all communities lacking these key economic assets, he writes.

Sandy Springs abuts Atlanta, is just a couple of exits away from the Braves new park, and is next door to Perimeter Mall. Roswell is just north, and then Alpharetta. All have access to every amenity mentioned except a port. Insread they have the hub of Delta, one of the most trafficked airports in the world. First class shopping, first class sports, first class culture. First class entertainment. Four major league sport teams. Mercedes Benz stadium. GA World Congress Center. Plus an enormously larger flow of money. Comparing their property values to Chatham's is ridiculous. Homes in those areas sell for more than similar homes in Chatham. You can't fairly assess higher than market value. Shame on Rob for selling this idea to our council.

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Posted by Tony Center on 11/28/2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The budget from hell and what it means

Arts, culture and social services are the top priorities for me. This is alarming! I hope we can find our way soon.

Posted by Pat Longstreth on 11/28/2017 at 5:33 PM

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