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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for your input!

    Community Workshop One is Complete.  What's next?

    Parking MapOn April 14th 2015, Parking Matters held its first community workshop at the Coastal Georgia Center.  You shared your comments, marked up maps, asked us questions, and even entered the "confessional booth" to share your stories!

    Thanks to all who provided hundred of comments and new ideas on how to improve parking and transportation around Downtown Savannah! As the Parking Matters team continues to collect and analyze data, your comments will prove instrumental in creating the strategic plan. Here are some initial findings.

    • At the workshop, maps of downtown Savannah’s parking inventory were provided for participants to highlight their opinions and observations specific to locations all across the project study area.  Click here to view the maps - with all of the compiled comments! .
    • Over 70 people shared their experiences through a "dot exercise" and told us:
      • Customers and Visitors are open to not just driving
        • 43% would like it to be “easier and safer to walk, bike, or take transit to downtown Savannah
      • Residents value convenience
        • Most residents will search/circle extensively to park in front of their destination
      • Employees want guaranteed spaces
        • Most employees walk farther for guaranteed free parking and would be willing to pay more for a guaranteed convenient space
    Get Involved, Stay Involved

    Did you miss the community workshop? Are you getting some new ideas about parking since the workshop? It’s not too late to let us know your takes on parking and mobility in Savannah:
    • Our parking survey is still open - but not for long!  We’ve received over 1,500 responses so far! Are you one of them? If not, please make sure you and your friends complete the survey - it will be closing this Friday, July 10!
    • The second Parking Matters community workshop will take place in the fall. Once again, the public will be invited to see and comment on our latest findings.
    • Always feel free to email us at with questions and feedback.
    What's Next?

    Later this summer, the Parking Matters team expects to present some additional findings from the study, including survey results and downtown parking inventory and utilization analysis, on this web site.

    Stay tuned, and thanks for your interest in Parking Matters!

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    This study will identify strategies, policies, regulations, operations and investments to enhance the vitality of the greater downtown area, provide mobility options and to provide adequate parking for residents, visitors, businesses and future economic development opportunities.

  • Friday, June 26, 2015 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association hosted the 2nd Annual Artists & Artisans Tour on June 25, 2015. With nearly 150 in attendance, guests were treated to food, wine and amazing artwork by some of Savannah's most distinguished artists. Through a partnership with ARC Savannah, the DNA's new home tour concept proved to be a hit with neighbors! The Tour raises funds for public safety initiatives in the downtown area.

    Here are some highlights as featured on WTOC-TV:

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Click here to view the report.

  • Monday, June 15, 2015 3:54 PM | Anonymous
    Email to the Downtown Neighborhood Association 
    re: Fireworks display on Tuesday 

    There will be a fireworks display this Tuesday evening June 16, 2015 at approximately 9:30 PM on Hutchinson Island. The display will take place from the usual location east of the Westin Hotel and across from Morrell Park. Deputy Fire Marshal Cheryl Mason will be on site for coordination and code enforcement. 

    Craig D. Landolt CFCO 
    Fire Marshal 
    Fire Prevention Division 
    Savannah Fire & Emergency Services

  • Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    Larry Lee, a sensitive leader with extraordinary character
    Savannah and the Downtown Neighborhood Association lost an old school gentleman last Thursday.  Lawrence B. Lee, “Larry”, was that rare persuasive leader with genuine concern for others.  He left us unexpectedly, leaving a big hole in our hearts and in the fabric of our City.  Larry also left a unique legacy of service and achievement, underpinned always by his personal kindness.

    Larry’s day job was a heavy full time responsibility.  An attorney, he served the US Department of Justice with distinction for over 24 years, rising through the ranks to be the Assistant US Attorney for the Southeastern District of Georgia.  Representing the United States here, he defended taxpayers against hundreds of spurious claims, including medical malpractice, sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful death.  Attorney General Janet Reno honored his achievement with the prestigious Department of Justice Director’s Award.

    This outstanding career would be more than enough for most.  But Larry was unlike anyone we’ve known: a volunteer community leader with enormous interests, energy and compassion.  Working in Atlanta in the 70s, he founded a radio station, “Radio Free Georgia.”  He had his own program there, dedicated to bluegrass music.  The station still exists today.

    After moving to Savannah, two guiding passions motivated Larry’s volunteer service: PROTECT Savannah’s historic environment, and SUPPORT Savannah’s less fortunate citizens.  He fought hard for these causes, but always as a true gentleman.  Larry had no personal enemies, only issues to resolve.  And resolve them he did!

    Savannah, and especially the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA), were the principal beneficiaries of Larry’s volunteer leadership.  Joining DNA soon after it was created, he helped DNA President Jim Williams launch the nationally acclaimed Holiday Tour of Homes more than 40 years ago.  He went on to serve multiple terms as the DNA’s President.  He did not seek the spotlight, but always answered the call when needed.

    In 1993 graffiti was a growing issue downtown.  Larry worked with the city to set up effective cleanup teams who continue to keep this scourge under control today.

    Also in the early 90s downtown residents felt SCAD was aggressively expanding its presence without following the City’s planning procedures.  As DNA President, Larry pressed SCAD to play by the rules.   When the New York School of Visual Arts tried to establish a competing branch in Savannah, SCAD fought back hard.  They surreptitiously photographed meetings to support a lawsuit alleging an illegal conspiracy.  Targets included Pat Conroy and Larry Lee.  A SCAD photographer tried to implicate Larry in the supposed conspiracy by photographing him conferring with City Manager Don Mondonsa before a zoning hearing.   SCAD eventually settled the suit and the NY School left town.  In later years Larry was pleased by the growing cooperation between SCAD and downtown residents.  He especially appreciated SCAD’s recent effort to reduce the downtown impact made by SCAD’s large white buses.

    While he was always the pre-eminent leader in DNA, Larry worked to strengthen all of the organizations protecting historic Savannah.  During a 1996-97 tour as Chairman of the Historic Savannah Foundation, he directed the restoration of the 1818 Abraham Sheftall House, moved from Elbert Square, to be the York Street Headquarters for the Historic Savannah Foundation.

    Larry worked tirelessly with City officials and DNA to enshrine the “Chadbourne Guidelines” for preservation of the Historic District in the City Code, and arranged for Savannah to host the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual convention in 1998.

    On the Board of the Savannah Development & Renewal Authority during the 90s, Larry was instrumental in the revitalization of Broughton Street.

    As an advisor to the Savannah Tree Foundation, he helped produce their influential “State of the Trees” reports.

    In Larry’s view, caring for Savannah’s humanitarian needs was as important preserving its historic character.  When the great recession hit hard in 2008, he convinced DNA to focus annual financial grants on non-profits providing food and shelter for the homeless.  He was continuing this work recently as Director of the Thomas Square Food Pantry and Chairman of the Chatham Savannah Homeless Authority.  At the Homeless Authority, Larry fought to maintain a viable program and resisted efforts by City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney to defund the authority during a budgetary shortfall.

    Arguably, Larry’s most significant contribution to Savannah stemmed from his service on the Historic District Ordinance Review Committee.  In 2006, after HSF, DNA and the Beehive Foundation sued the City to stop construction exceeding height limits in the Historic District,  the City Council formed a committee to review all the standards.  Larry worked relentlessly with others on the committee to clarify and tighten the standards.   Thanks to their efforts, Savannah now has a strong City ordinance which safeguards our historic environment.  Although its impact is sometimes weakened by variances and ad hoc exceptions favoring non-conforming development, it remains the best tool citizens have to save Savannah’s  historic ambiance for future residents and visitors.

    Larry is at rest now.  But our hearts are heavy.  We hope he is cruising peacefully in his beloved sailboat, “The Annabel Lee.”   We will all miss him.  All of Savannah owes him an enormous debt of gratitude.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Join DNA and ARC Savannah for an evening celebrating Savannah artists on Thursday, June 25! Enjoy sipping wine in private downtown homes while meeting local artists showcasing their latest work. Original pieces available for purchase. Tour attendees will be able to tour four historic homes filled with local art. Tickets available online at

    The following artists will be featured:

    Lyn Bonham

    Jeanne Campbell

    Bob Christian

    Julia Christian

    Christina Edwards

    Sue Gouse

    Abby Leigh Johnson

    E. R. Jones

    Dan Kaufman

    Tara King

    Cynthia Knott

    Mia Merlin

    Judy Mooney

    Carolyn Neely

    Gabriella Olano

    Peter E. Roberts

    William Rousseau

    Shea Slemmer

    Daniel E. Smith

    Craig Stevens

    John Tegley

    W. Gerome Temple

    Brenda Turner

    Georgia Walters

    Adam Winnie

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    Savannah's City Manager released the 90 Short Term Vacation Rental Summary.

    Download and read here.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    Traffic in downtown Savannah will be impacted for several hours Saturday as Savannah-Chatham police close streets during the 2015 Color Run, set to begin at 9 a.m. at Forsyth Park.

    Traffic flow could be impacted from setup at 5:30 a.m. until the end of the Color Run Festival at Forsyth Park at 1 p.m. Streets along the downtown route will close temporarily as runners pass. Color zones on Montgomery Street between Huntington and Gaston, West Liberty Street and Bull Street, Barnard Street near Orleans Square, and Lincoln Street between Congress and East Bolton streets will be closed for the duration of the run.

    Traffic flow is expected to return to normal by 4 p.m.

    A Color Run Map is available at

    SOURCE: Savannah Morning News

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:55 AM | Anonymous
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    April 2015

    The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO), the transportation planning agency for the Savannah urbanized area, is requesting the public to review and provide comments on a proposed amendment to the FY 2015 - 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is the short-term programming document that lists transportation improvement projects to receive funding in the next four years. A report providing details of the proposed TIP amendment is available for review at the Chatham County public libraries, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) office, the MPC website at, and other public review agencies. Any changes to the report will be posted on the website.


    The comment period starts on April 30, 2015 and written comments on the proposed TIP amendment will be accepted until close of business on May 14, 2015.  Please send your comments to Wykoda Wang, Metropolitan Planning Commission, 110 E. State Street, Savannah, GA 31401, or via email at


    CORE MPO Board will host a special meeting for the proposed TIP amendment on May 15. Meeting time and location are listed below:


    CORE MPO Board Meeting

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    9:00 a.m.

    MPC Arthur A. Mendonsa Hearing Room

    112 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401


    For a complete list of public review agencies or additional information regarding the proposed TIP amendment, please call (912) 651-1466.

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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