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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: “Another lawsuit filed against Starland Village project

I'm a Thomas Square resident thankful that Mr. Argue is holding the city accountable. Sometimes legal action is the only way when City Council members refuse to represent their residential constituents. I'm all for responsible development in the Thomas Square district and may not always agree on what makes a good business the right fit. However, there should absolutely be a review board specifically to address the impact to other historic districts. This will make the review process more transparent and include more stakeholders to make better decisions.

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 09/20/2018 at 12:59 PM

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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