iamevieviolet 
Member since Apr 12, 2013

Recent Comments

Re: “The weaponization of jaywalking

Agreed - great and timely article. No doubt distractions play a role in the increased number of incidents, but I think more concerning is an attitude among drivers that pedestrians and cyclists aren't people. I'm a driver, and I understand frustration when pedestrians quickly dart out in unexpected places (please don't do this!). However as a pedestrian, I've also noticed an uptick in drivers who seem to feel entitled to running you over even if you're legally in or near a crosswalk. New traffic patterns, signals, and bike lanes are great safety ideas for everyone. How do we address the culture that reckless driving towards pedestrians and cyclists is less important than cars vs cars? Where are the police issuing tickets for speeding around the squares or almost hitting pedestrians in crosswalks? Do we have stats comparing that to other traffic citations?

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 07/12/2018 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Council, City Manager spar over budget re-do in wake of Fire Fee controversy

To discount my fire fee, I had four fireman walk through my apartment and visually verified that I had smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher, and a carbon monoxide detector (even though my apartment is all electric). None of them were tested to see if they worked, so it's not like this activity improves safety. The entire thing is pure theater. How about the cost of having firemen conduct these inspections? This is a prime example of irrational policy making.

Posted by iamevieviolet on 06/20/2018 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Time to rewrite the Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance

I will first preface that I have not dug into the current regulation of the short term rental market in Savannah other than bemoaning what it has done to the price of rent. I believe in efficient markets and am personally a user of AirBnB. However, there should be a balance in all things to ensure that the market forces are serving the public well.

The real threat to affordable housing are the full time short-term vacation rental units and conversion of housing to full time vacation rental units.

Barring existing regulation, I would suggest the following. First, establish a difference between full time STVR and a mostly full time resident who occasionally rents out a spare room or apartment. Second, create full time vacation unit limits by neighborhood with some sort of occupancy rule for more occasional vacation units (e.g., 20% vacation rental occupancy and <50% of total sqft of the residence).

Maybe there's a more elegant solution out there, but my point is that there are good policy options available to help address the issue.

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 06/14/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Time to rewrite the Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance

What about the supply of affordable housing in the downtown and historic districts of Savannah? I'm a young professional who just recently relocated from the Downtown area to the Victorian district due to rising rents because owners can make far more money on the short term vacation rental market. In fact, the owner of my former condo is now seeking to convert it to a short term vacation rental. Even moving to the Victorian district, I had to decide on a $250/month rent increase to remain somewhat close to downtown. I'm not suggesting limiting AirBNB transactions is the way to go, but the city could address the situation more holistically for a better balance.

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 06/13/2016 at 9:53 AM

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