The future of Savannah’s affordable housing

The future of Savannah’s affordable housing

Housing Authority’s Director of Development Services breaks it down
But as other HAS properties are evaluated for redevelopment by private (i.e., profit-driven) investors, concerns arise about gentrification and displacing Savannah’s poorer citizens—many of whom are African American—further away from employment and educational opportunities.

Community

 

Editor's Note: Inside Savannah’s sausage factory

One concerning new item came up suddenly: A proposal for the City to partner with Savannah/Chatham County Public Schools on a new program for 3-5 year olds, to the tune of about $2 million in previously unbudgeted City funding.

Editor's Note

How to not be a creep at work

Local employment attorney Wade Herring thought he'd seen it all, but nothing like the crisis of conduct we've got going on in 2017.

The (Civil) Society Column

Gentrification: Part One

The vast majority of people, when they bring up Gentrification, are actually speaking about just a piece of it, as if that piece is the whole.

An Urbanist View

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

You know those wonderful free events that help set Savannah apart, events that help establish our core identity as a town that celebrates its culture and makes it accessible? Many, such as the Savannah Jazz Festival, would cease to exist without City funding.

Editor's Note

New Trustees Garden facility granted beer/wine license after contentious hearing

The meetings on the facility's alcohol license opened an old wound on City Council involving larger disagreements over how alcohol is regulated in Savannah.

Politics

The slow clock of the Okefenokee Swamp

Home to a vast variety of biological bounty including three dozen species of amphibians, fourteen families of fish, hundreds of species of birds, plus a toothy menagerie of snakes, bobcats, bears, panthers and more gators than anyone can count.

The (Civil) Society Column

Fashion, music and yoga for hurricane relief

Local artists collaborate at B Historic on Dec. 1 to help the U.S. Virgin Islands
ARTIST and yoga instructor Cindy Male is no stranger to the eye of the storm. Now based in Savannah, Male spent 32 years living on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where hurricanes often hit before heading towards the mainland or dissolving out at sea.

Community

Can Savannah catch up?

Examples from Atlanta and elsewhere in the state have demonstrated again and again that bike lanes, sidewalks, trails and other projects that provide opportunities for recreation and options for transportation deliver significant return on investment.
THE NEWS that Atlanta is purported to be a serious contender for Amazon’s second headquarters sparked an interesting discussion on Facebook last weekend. Lou Phelps, publisher of the Savannah Business Journal, wondered what would happen to the rest of the state if Amazon 2 lands in the ATL.

News Cycle

Editor's Note: ‘Underground Savannah’ in peril

'Everyone assumes Savannah, of all cities, would have an archaeological ordinance. When they find out we don't have one at all, the're usually shocked and appalled,' says Rita Elliott.

Editor's Note

The latest news—good and bad—affecting Georgia’s environment

State and federal administrations continue to favor polluters as the effects of climate change endanger quality of life for all.

Environment

Downtown expansions

One citizen was a bit upset that the plan wasn’t “Savannah” enough. Now, I’m not sure how one can objectively measure Savannah-ness.

An Urbanist View

Reader feedback: Dig deeper into City of Savannah finances

Make officials explain how their political decisions and policy changes led the community to this point.

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