parking downtown is real hard to find.
When you find a meter to put money in to park, it's for a short time only.
They have built a few new parking garages which is your best bet so you don't have to keep running and loading your meter with coins.
We paid $2.00 per hour in the parking garage.
Talmadge Bridge Northbound Exit (rt 17)
The Talmadge Bridge is beautiful but very poorly designed for traffic- especially the exits at the ends of the bridge. The North side exit to the Convention center area in South Carolina is particularly ridiculous. While declining at a grade towards a leftward chicane kink the right lane is phased out into a right turn only lane. Such a set-up is barely acceptable on a regular street with a low speed limit- let alone a bridge with no run off and hard barriers designed to prevent plunging into the water. Someone obviously recognized the danger and have signs posted all across the bridge- but it is a set-up for nasty accidents and ALWAYS expect to be cut off by someone in the right lane who fails to heed the signs whenever you cross at speed. It is akin to an improvised exit-merge you would find in a construction zone and clearly corners were cut during construction of this segment.
During heavy traffic times this counter-intuitive design is the source of extremely heavy and unnecessary back-ups. The Garmin and web based maps programs generally direct you to cross on the 95 bridge...not the 16-17 Talmadge. It is more poorly designed than the old "Hillside Strangler" of Chicago fame- and considerably more hazardous in every way.
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Savannah Ga "not all it's cracked up to be"
Our adult son took a job in savannah, about one year ago. WHAT AN EYE OPENER…..
The crime rate is NO JOKE. If you’re a SCAD student or thinking of attending you better
re-think! The chances of somebody beating the *** out of you or just killing you are too great.
They set cloths lines out for students on bikes, and when they hit it, they beat them up and steal everything.
The cobble stones streets are the least of your problems. Don’t go out after dark and stay where other people are.
Savannah has along way to go before I go back for a visit. And yes our son has had it, his looking for a new job somewhere safer.
If you need proof; look into the SCAD student killed December 14, 2009, in the 100 block of Congress lane. The police didn’t have any answers for his family either…
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Your Pants May Not Fit When You Get Home!
Savannah is a walking city and walk we did, but apparently all our walking efforts were not enough to stave off the extra pounds. If it happens that your pants grow tighter, as mine did, just stay calm and remember that the food was damn good.
The tourists in Savannah seem to walk around in a daze. They step off curbs oblivious to traffic. While the natives seem to make up their traffic rules as they amble on at a snail's pace behind the wheel. Check your road rage at the exit ramp on the interstate. Savannah drivers and traffic will challenge your patience. It's best to keep a cool head and know where you're going.
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Be careful of tourist trap restaurants.
We thought we had found a good restaurant...right along the River Street with nice views of the waterfront activity. Well some of that was true. The service was so bad I thought my son was going to pay for our drinks and leave. The food was ordinary at best... the management and staff were lax and unaware of their shortcomings.
Address: Water Street
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Calm Down People...
First of all, I was born and raised in GA. When I was young, I would vacation to Savannah and when I went to school there from 2007 to 2013 (yes, the Savannah College of Art and Design), I didn't experience anything worse than a homeless person asking for change or cigarettes.
It is true, Savannah has a pretty bad reputation for crime. It doesn't help that the city is run by corrupt politicians. However, because it is a major tourist destination, it's also a prime location for bad people to pray upon visitors because, they don't live there and they will never see them again. Also, they are the ones with the money, not it's citizens.
As far as the tourists go, I used to work on River Street, and let me tell you, when people come to vacation to Savannah, they trash our city( google Orange Crush Festival, and Savannah is the 3rd largest city in terms of St. Patty's Day celebrations) and are abhorrently rude to the service industry work force. You want to know why you got bad or mediocre service at a restaurant on River Street? Because those work staff have to deal with all the spoiled rotten kids, penny pinching jerks, and drunk idiots ALL DAY. Go ahead, get a job at Wet Willy's or Tuby's Tank House. I bet you wouldn't last a week dealing with all the crap tourists bring to Savannah.
I used to know some of the "palm tree leaf" crafters. Some are bad, true, but most are just trying to make a living. They're usually respectful if you are respectful to them. Don't snub them, smile and say "no thank you". It's not that hard to be social.
Here's a tip: Don't wear a ridiculous "fannypack" that you bought in 1989...
I used to live in a studio apartment in a horrible part of town (Jefferson st.), but those spots wouldn't be so horrible if the city actually gave back to the communities. The politicians don't care about the poor. The citizens don't care about changing anything. So yea, if no one cares about helping each other, and are too apathetic to give a *** about the city, then crime will still run rampant there. And what are you going to do about it as a tourist? Nothing. You'll clog up the sidewalks and try and take a picture of a statue with your Ipad.
There's another tip. Don't take pictures of the city with your stinkin' Ipad. Nothing screams "Mug Me" than someone taking a picture with a very expensive piece of technology...
I also wouldn't discourage people to stay off the beaten path. There are some fabulous local eateries hidden in different parts of the city, like Blowin' Smoke Bar-B-Q on Habersham st. I used to not tell people about them because I didn't want my favorite local places overcrowded with tourists. But now that I moved, I don't care about telling people all the cool places. But since they are terrified of homeless people, most people will never know.
If you're going to Savannah, just use common sense. Be friendly to strangers, even if you don't want to be, and nothing horrible will happen to you. Get out of your comfort zones and don't just ride the trolly for christsake.
As other people have...
As other people have mentioned, the town can get a little shady after dark, but don't let that discourage you from getting out on the town at night. Savannah is quite majestic in the evening hours, and a moonlit walk through the streets can be very refreshing and romantic. Just keep your wits about you and don't wear diamonds bigger than your fist and you won't have any trouble with the Savannah criminal element. I've lived in Savannah all my life, and I was mugged once (its very rare but it happens) and if it makes you feel any better the mugger was very polite about the whole matter and said 'Please' and 'Thank you' . . . like I've stressed before, folk in Savannah are incredibly polite.
As said before, pick-pockets...
As said before, pick-pockets and purse snatchings. The most common ' I need a quarter or fifty cents for the bus' as you pull out your wallet or go to dig for change, they snatch it and run. Also, when River Street is packed on weekends or events, it can be really crowded, best to keep your purse at home and wallet in front pocket. Savannah is not that bad, but like any city with alot of people gathered in small quarters, it can happen, so be careful!
There isn't a chapter of weird people so I put it under this one. It’s not a warning or has any danger; I only want to show you this guy. Please do we have a choice; Jesus or Death? He sits everyday somewhere in Savannah, with everyday another sign. Today it was this one.
Not really a danger, but be...
Not really a danger, but be warned: if you don't like loud partygoers, it would be wise to avoid Savannah during St. Patrick's Day celebrations. This is the best place south of Boston to go for great parades and parties on that most Irish of days.
As in many great cities, the...
As in many great cities, the potential danger would be pick pocketing, so watch your wallets. Dowtown Savannah is safe to walk at night, however you should avoid streets that are not well lighted at night.
Be smart and enjoy your stay
Savannah is another town where the "have" and "have nots" tend to interact on a daily basis.
Most of the River Front area seems well-policed, but there is a lot of partying and that can present occasional problems. There are certainly some areas of town that would not be fun to walk around in alone at night, but you won't find them highlighted in the brochures. If in doubt, ask the locals before setting off. During the day, most of the squares and downtown seem pretty safe.
As with any tourist city, don't "FLASH" your valuables or isolate yourself and you should have a fun time.
Spanish Moss is really pretty on the trees. It's closest relative is the pineapple. They also harbor what we call "chiggers" or "redbugs". A tiny insect that inserts an appendage into your skin to feed on you. Stay away from it.
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Have fun but act smart.
Downtown Savannah is great fun, but there is crime here. It is safest to stay with a group of people and stick to the well-lit, patrolled neighborhoods. Have fun, but don't become that annoying drunken tourist and become a target. For the most part, if you're in a group and not acting irresponsibly, you will be fine. Take a haunted tour if you want to see the more run-down areas. Crime rate data shows that murder and rape rates were almost double the national average, but keep in mind that with a small population, translates into 14 and 20, respectively. There is poverty here, and certain neighborhoods, like Louisville Rd/Magazine Ave, have 75% of the residents living below the poverty level.
Neighborhood crime stats - http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ga/savannah/crime/
Neighborhood poverty stats - http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty
BTW, postlarval chiggers are generally found in habitats of litter, soil and fallen Spanish moss, showing preference for decomposing tree trunks, lower temps and higher humidity. They are not found in vertebrate nests or underneath tree-bark and, contrary to mainstream belief, they are not found on hanging Spanish moss.
Whitaker Jr, John O., and Carol Ruckdeschel. "Spanish Moss, the Unfinished Chigger Story." Southeastern Naturalist 9.1 (2010): 85-94.
JENKINS, DALE W. "Trombiculid mites affecting man I. Bionomics with reference to epidemiology in the United States." American Journal of Epidemiology 48.1 (1948): 22-35.
Lathia, Bhavik. "Eutrombicula alfreddugesi This scientific name is not yet recognized in our classification database."
Lathia, Bhavik, and Ecosystem Roles. "Animal Diversity Web."
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