The backside of this lovely city is not shabby. Alleys can serve multiple functions: garage access, municipal services access, secondary pedestrian route, and recreation. (In Chicago, green alleys are one strategy to manage stormwater runoff.) Does anyone know the origin of the alley in Savannah?
2. Big Trees
Approximately 27 years ago, "Savannah had an aging urban forest where more trees were cut down than replaced" and "there were no tree protection ordinances for new development." The Savannah Tree Foundation has transformed the way urban forestry is practiced in Chatham County through "direct action and awareness." Now, Savannah’s Park & Tree Department "plants one third more trees than it removes each year" and "most local governments in Chatham County have established tree protection ordinances." 3. Gates
You can take an organized tour of the city's gates and gardens or you can just discover them as you go.
4. Historic preservation
|Image: Habersham Hall (SCAD)|
SCAD's Habersham Hall previously housed the Chatham County Jail. In 1980, the university acquired the building and the jail cells were removed from the Exotic Revival building which is thought to have been constructed in approximately 1887.
5. Sidewalk gardens, squares, and parks
Sidewalk gardens lined almost every street I walked in Savannah. It's more accurate to say I strolled; leisurely wandering from this plant to that one, from one garden to the next.
|Image: Forsyth Park|
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