Ivan B. Cohen 
Member since Jul 25, 2013

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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: a 50-year mistake?

People still came from near and far to: ice skate, watch a Harlem Globetrotters game, monster truck smash ups and gun shows. It won't be any different when this arena is built. Disenfranchised? Yes residents who live in the area got shoved away from the table as decisions got made. Then the nerve of the First District alderman to tell his constituents, you all just focus on the arena, never mind the other stuff. Author says his writings aren't not meant "to deny the urgent need for an improved arena and reinvestment in Savannah's West Side". Sure could have fooled me.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 07/16/2018 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Time for a mid-year review!

Who was affected by the violent crime rate to begin with and in whose community did the majority of them take place? The DeLoach administration ran on a law and order platform. Where are all these so-called increased partnerships? Savannah Impact Program (SIP) is ancient history. Perception of this city being a scary place to live drove the "Pro" more than anything else. Regarding Marijuana Reform, what are all the kudos for? Chatham County cops as well as other municipalities ride/cruise through the city of Savannah. Now they can make "drug busts" within city limits to make their arrest statistics look good. Unless the developers live here, they are never around to see what a mess they really made. The brouhaha over the fire fee shows that City government is anemic when it comes to initiatives. Public interaction with Savannah Fire & Emergency Services should have been taking place. Imagine that! Now tourists can really walk a country mile just to see "interpretive signage" on the Confederate Monument. Who is going to be providing these add-ons?

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 07/13/2018 at 10:37 PM

Re: “State targets homeless camps in West Savannah for removal

Re-open the old Brown Farm? Seriously? A work camp, how about a place where people can live camp? Affordable housing has become this county's and city's elusive butterfly. Neither government has gotten a grasp or grip on the situation. It is unlikely they ever will.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 07/12/2018 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Savannah City Council votes to raise property taxes, is set for full repeal of Fire Fee

The great Southern town of Savannah is Tara by the river. Some are awaiting the return of Rhett Butler whether Scarlett O'Hara is with him or not.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 06/30/2018 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Roy Minter selected as new Savannah Police Chief

What was interim Chief Mark Revenew? A 20th Century police executive? And what is his record as far as embracing diversity across all dimensions? If he has that trait, I have not seen it displayed.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 06/30/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Two homicides within 24 hours

I know you not saying that Shawntray Grant deserved to get shot.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 06/30/2018 at 9:58 AM

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