Elements of Urbanism: Savannah

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Savannah is what happens when you mix the often overlooked elements of urbansim together. This community is living proof that sometimes quality is better than quantity.



STATISTICS:

Savannah population 2006: 127,889 (city); 320,013 (metro area) - founded in 1733

Jacksonville population 2006: 790,689 (city); 1,277,997 (metro area) - founded in 1832

City population 1920: Jacksonville - 91,558; Savannah - 83,252

ELEMENTS OF URBANISM:

- Connectivity

- Signage

- Integration with surroundings

- Historic preservation

- Pedestrian first mentality

- Density

- Urban infill

- Architectural diversity

WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER:

The Port of Savannah is thefourth busiest and fastest growing container port in theCountry.

The 330,000 square footSavannah International Trade & Convention Center opened seven years ago on Hutchinson Island. Itis easily accessible to the downtown riverfront via a two minute Bell's Ferry ride.

CONCLUSION:

The little things like connectivity, density, architectural diversity, historic preservation and wayfaring signage may not make for good press releases, but when mixed together the scene they create is the type that most urbanist want to spend time in.