18 for '18: The Year in Review

Our not-fake news roundup of the year that was
1. Fire Fee Fiasco

Rockin’ & Runnin’

Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon brings music, energy to town all weekend
The Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is the last qualifier race for the Boston Marathon, and its combination of comparatively flat terrain and generally pleasant weather makes it easier to log a really good time

The Starland Village Files: Part Two

RFPs, zoning battle reveal tight relationship between City of Savannah and developer
IN THE first installment of the Starland Village Files — all drawn from emails in the public record — we learned of the City’s strenuous efforts to work closely with The Foram Group, the developer behind the controversial, $40 million modern mixed-use development in the Victorian neighborhood, opposed by many residents mostly for its sheer size and incompatibility with other buildings in the area. This week we take a closer look at the Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase a police precinct, and the battle over zoning.

The Starland Village Files: Part One

Emails show tight relationship between developer and City officials
The emails display what some might see as an overly cozy relationship between City officials and The Foram Group, the company developing Starland Village. At minimum they are a window into the interconnected and complex nature of the way development sometimes happens in Savannah.

The Nightmare Scenario: Dropping out isn’t giving up

Sometimes winning means quitting while you’re ahead
By no fault of the faculty, the current system of higher education has evolved to a point where most young people are not being served

Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

Part Five: Rosy economic projections largely don’t add up
AT A proposed cost of $140 million, the Westside Arena promises to be one of the most expensive civic amenity projects undertaken in Savannah’s history.

Westside Arena: Contaminated, with a chance of flooding

Part Four: Low-lying ‘Canal District’ presents unique environmental concerns
SAVANNAH HAS been growing and expanding throughout its long history. The area being considered for the future Canal District officially became part of the city in 1854, and during the early 20th century suburban expansion pushed farther to the west.

Westside Arena: The parking puzzle

Part 3: Arena’s insatiable need for parking leaves little or no space for the rest of the “Canal District” vision
I AM AN ARDENT proponent of walkability and encouraging car alternatives. But as I hope the previous segment of this special report made clear, the current site for the Westside Arena leaves few options but to drive.

Bananas in kilts!

Just be careful sliding into second base, fellas
The Bananas claim to be the first ever baseball team to wear kilts during a game

Westside Arena: A critical look at access

Part Two: Pedestrian and vehicular improvements work at cross-purposes in flawed arena site plan
DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH is famous as a pedestrian-friendly, walkable area, where destinations from River Street to Forsyth Park are readily accessible on foot, by bike, bus or car. That should be the standard by which we judge any new civic venue in Savannah.

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