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The mass production and relative affordability of the automobile in the early 20th century resulted in considerable changes to our nation’s infrastructure and the need to intersect highway systems with urban neighborhoods. As a resident of Savannah, I am fascinated by the rich history and historic architecture of the city. However, there is a stark division between the restored and legally protected buildings within the central National Historic Landmark District and the struggling, run down neighborhoods that surround it. I am specifically interested in the at-risk neighborhoods along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the ways in which they have been impacted by the construction of the Interstate 16 flyover. (via Ashley M. Jones)

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The mass production and relative affordability of the automobile in the early 20th century resulted in considerable changes to our nation’s infrastructure and the need to intersect highway systems with urban neighborhoods. As a resident of Savannah, I am fascinated by the rich history and historic architecture of the city. However, there is a stark division between the restored and legally protected buildings within the central National Historic Landmark District and the struggling, run down neighborhoods that surround it. I am specifically interested in the at-risk neighborhoods along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the ways in which they have been impacted by the construction of the Interstate 16 flyover. (via Ashley M. Jones)

More here and here.

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Fake Ramones walk through modified downtown Savannah.

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Fake Ramones walk through modified downtown Savannah.

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If there’s something that Paula Deen loves more than butter, it’s black waiters serving wedding guests “Southern plantation style.” At least that’s the takeaway from the unedited transcript of her deposition in the $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit filed against the First Lady of Finger Lickin’ Food and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers. In her testimony, Deen admits to using the N-word, reveals her ambivalence towards people watching pornography at a place of work, and—the arguably racist, definitely bizarre bit that’s made headlines Wednesday—details the Southern plantation wedding of her dreams, in which black waiters serve guests slave-style.

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@j_carlson taking the final shots for #walltowallsav | Thank you @converse & @juxtapozmag | #savannah #109mlk

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Not that cruise ship passengers worry too much about the impact their vacations have on local communities. Battles over local or federal legislation, like the Clean Cruise Ship Act, which died in Congress in 2010, are not as interesting as which name-brand chef is going to open a restaurant on board.

“Our audience doesn’t really respond to the municipal-level battles or the environmental stuff,” said Dan Askin, senior editor at cruisecritic.com, a consumer Web site dedicated to cruise ships.

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So. Numbers 5 and 4 are on River Street. I generally steer people away from River Street but perhaps these are worthwhile?

5. The Warehouse: 18 E. River St. 912-234-6003

4. Chuck’s Bar: 305 W. River St., 912-232-1005

I’m more interested in #3, Long Branch, which is news to me: 

Chances are you aren’t going to find Long Branch unless you’re looking for it.

Off the beaten bar path on Skidaway Road, Long Branch is an old postal service station turned bar, which means there’s lots of space. Space enough for pool, darts and poker leagues, karaoke nights, a DJ on Friday nights, a full kitchen and more.

Owner Joey Ruiz frequented the 15-year-old bar long before taking it over seven months ago, says his top priority was to keep the same grungy “neighborhood bar that makes everyone feel welcome.” One thing he did change, though, was the menu. It now includes burgers, chicken fingers and, according to Ruiz, “the best steaks in town.”

Best value drink: Happy hour is 10 a.m.-7 p.m., with $2 domestic bottles and $3 wells

Long Branch, 2411 Skidaway Road, 912-232-6175

No 2 is The Rail Pub, 405 W. Congress St., which we’ve walked past but never entered. Seems a bit frat-y, but can’t really say for sure. 

No 1 is Pinkie Master’s, which is fine.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The cautionary tales came Thursday from our neighboring port city, but they were shared by others from Alaska and British Columbia and from Norway, Cozumel and Venice.

Once big cruise ships come to a city, they can overwhelm a community’s resources — crowding streets, jamming sidewalks and attractions, contributing to pollution and generating far less in spending and tax dollars than is usually anticipated.

For several Savannah residents, the message was coming through loud and clear at a conference called Harboring Tourism, an international symposium on cruise ships in historic port communities.

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Pinkie’s is in a class by itself, but establishments like Doc’s Bar and The Quarter (both on Tybee), The Crow Bar and Cheers (both on Wilmington) and the Dew Drop Inn (Southside) are great dives. Doc’s is quite possibly the most fun dive on earth, although it lost a sliver of its charm since the 2010 death of the fabulous Miss Sylvia. The Quarter has that come-as-you-are ambience that is so desirable. The Crow Bar can be intimidating but is rather welcoming once you get past first impressions. Cheers’ hidden spot on Turner Creek (behind Publix) and its water view make it unique. And the Dew Drop Inn is a place you must experience for yourself.

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Total crime decreased by 12.1 percent in 2012, which included a 1.2 percent drop in violent crime and a 13.1 percent reduction in property crimes, said Julian Miller, police spokesman. The number of crimes reported in the metro jurisdiction also bettered 2010, which was the previous lowest since the city annexed the southside areas south of Derenne Avenue in 1980. The jurisdiction includes the city of Savannah, the unincorporated areas of Chatham County and the town of Vernonburg. Lovett credited a bevy of causes for the decrease in crime – proactive patrols, surveillance details, heightened responses to calls and building better relationships with the community his department serves. It was the latter that he said brought the best results. Criminal reports fell in 15 of the 16 categories of crime composing Part 1 crimes. Only an increase in commercial robberies exceeded the number of calls in 2011 for that category.

View crime stats comparison by years and total jurisdiction crime stats for 2012 (pdfs).

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