Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Congratulations...let the work begin

Today is a banner day for Augusta's Downtown District. Today with the hard work of many talented people, visionaries and optimistic stakeholders, the Business Improvement District Proposal received the mandated votes needed to present the BID to our County Commissioners for approval.

This, my friends, is a VERY good day for the downtown district and all that live, work and play here. Awesome things are about to happen to help ensure economic viability, community growth and personal safety in our epicenter called downtown Augusta.

The citizens, business owners and patrons of Augusta's downtown district send you a warm heartfelt "Thank You" for everyone involved in the process.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Junk art scam

The hottest thing on the contemporary art market today is Chinese Art. As the director of the Mary Pauline Gallery I decided to go to Beijing and take a look. (although Shanghai has gotten most of the press I figured there is equally wonderful work in Beijing) Anyway, I go down to breakfast my first morning and my father has already been out on the streets and approached by some "art students" who are having a show that will end in one hour..so we must forget breakfast and hurry. I politely told them that we would see them in 45 minutes. I know from my experience in DC that they will be willing to sell the work QUICK at closing rather than packing it up and attempting to get the work back. All through breakfast I am overwhelmed with excitement. Upon arriving at the art show my disappointment is almost immediate. The work is decorative at best. Not contemporary cutting edge work from art students in Beijing! Well after about 15 minutes we left. Luckily my gut was right. The art students at the Forbidden City had the same work, and so did the artists selling "art" at The Wall. I would love to see the factory that produced the work. Trust your instincts when buying art!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Music Along the River

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with not just one but two concerts--both of which are outside. There is just something about spending a beautiful evening outside along the river listening to great music.

On Sunday, May 27, grab a blanket or chair (maybe a picnic, too) and head down to the 8th Street Bulkhead for the Candlelight Jazz Series. Local jazz duo quietSTORM will fill the air with their own brand of smooth jazz. Admission is $6. The concert is from 8 - 9:30 p.m.

On Monday evening, May 28, the Augusta Concert band presents its annual Memorial Day tribute concert on the river. Admission is FREE. The 7 p.m. concert is at the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre.

Call 706.821.1754 for more information about either of these concerts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Put in Your B.I.D.

A better quality of life through:
Cleaner streets.
A safer and more vibrant hub of activity.
A greater sense of pride in your community.
Graffiti removal.
Safety patrols.

Augusta will experience all this and MORE with the Business Improvement District. Affectionately known as B.I.D..

Downtown revitalization advocates from cities such as Columbus, Columbia, Knoxville, Charlotte and Atlanta already get it. They understood the impact of a B.I.D. and are currently realizing their city's potential. There are more than 1,500 cities across the country that have Business Improvement Districts and are enjoying the tremendous impact of private sector creativity toward persistent public problems.

The strength of the B.I.D. is that revenue generated from the B.I.D. would enhance current services and not replace them. Estimated revenue to be generated for Augusta's B.I.D. is $349,000. This is based on participation of stake holders of the nearly $131,000,000 in commercial property in the defined district. What's great about this is - those that pay the assessment through a petition will govern the funds. Money will be managed by and flow through a non-profit organization established by the stakeholders.

This is a definite WIN-WIN for our community and long over due. Get involved - be informed and help make Augusta's B.I.D. a shining example of Public/Private partnerships.

You can learn more about the Business Improvement District and how to get involved by contacting the Downtown Development Authority.

Friday, May 4, 2007

The Outsider

I know you guys have missed me, but personal matters have taken me out of the fray!

Sounds like great things are happening in downtown Augusta. Three exciting announcements were made this month: The possibility of a new baseball stadium, the new plans for the JB Whites Building, and a birthday celebration for the soul general. Starbucks? 40 something new condominiums? Peanuts and cracker jacks? Rhythm and Soul on Broad Street? There is a sense of excitement in the air and it is nice to see folks excited for a change.

Which brings me to another point…maybe that Branding Committee knew what they were doing…baseball bats swinging on the river front and folks swinging to music in the Common. Downtown Augusta is in Full Swing.!!!

I once again applaud Deke and this month and applaud a group that is working hard for downtown Augusta, the Downtown Development Authority. . A source tells me that their board meeting this month resulted in some very exciting projects:
  • Such as a $100,000 pilot lighting project…the 900 block of Broad will get 16 new light poles:
  • 10th Street streetscape…new sidewalks, trees and furniture for Bees Knees and Café 209.
  • Transportation Enhancement Grant application for new streetscape on the James Brown Blvd.
This board rocks!

If ideas wore skirts, Stacie Adkins in Columbia County would be running around buck naked from the waist down. Seems she has started a Farmers market in Columbia County for all those poor folks who can’t drive 15 minutes into downtown on Saturday Morning!

It’s not that competition is a bad thing…it’s the fact that she cannot come up with an original thought or idea in that little head of hers. What’ next? Here is an original new idea Stacie….

Close Fury Ferry’s Road on the first Friday of each month…ask vendors to sell plastic roses…have Ron Cross kick off a karaoke contest…and call it FREAKY FIRST FRIDAY!!!!

Reach the Outsider at augustaoutsider@yahoo.com

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Augusta Artists show in DC

The Mary Pauline Gallery took the work of Brian Rust, Tom Nakashima, Edward Rice and Philip Morsberger to an international art fair in DC. Our Augusta artists received lots of attention from the public attending the fair. Galleries from Belgium, England and Italy were positioned in their exhibition booths all around us. It was very exciting to see that four artists living and working in Augusta can produce artwork that holds up in an international fair.

But, the experience did not go without notice of many things. First no one outside of the US has heard of Georgia, and no one out of the South has ever heard of Augusta. (unless they are serious about golf) This is a blessing and a curse. The international galleries and audience do not care that you are from Augusta, GA, because they think that all of the US is really just a suburb of NY or LA. The NY and LA galleries "think we are all cow tipping sister F*&#%ing rednecks" (that is a quote from the director of a Richmond, VA gallery). But, what is really the most confusing is the people that have heard of Georgia. They see we are from Augusta, and then go on to say how much they love Atlanta. SO they really don't know what or where Augusta is either.

In conclusion we have a vibrant arts community that includes the Morris Museum, Gertrude Herbert Arts Institute, Artist Row, the faculty of Augusta State University. We need more recognition!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Moving Forward

Downtown Augusta Alliance announced formation and charter board of directors in a meeting of downtown stakeholders on Thursday, April 26, 2007. Downtown Augusta Alliance d(a)² voted in the charter Board of Directors for 2007. d(a)² joins together downtown merchants, business and property owners and residents to create a common voice for the progress and promotion of downtown Augusta.

Davenport Bruker (Sanford Bruker & Banks) captured the feeling of those present when he stated: "We sorely need a grass roots organization that is an advocate for downtown; and I believe we have been presented with a great opportunity to help Augusta live up to its potential."

The eleven members of the 2007 Board of Directors are: Chris Allewelt, New Moon Café; Davenport Bruker, Sanford, Bruker & Banks Insurance; Emily Carder, Carder Consulting; Jeremy Carr, The Well; Matt Flynn, Blue Sky / Nacho Mamas / Stillwater; Trey Kennedy, Georgia Bank and Trust; Travis Petrea , Metro A Coffee House; Lara Plocha, Blue Magnolia; Robert Steudle, Elduets Treasures of the World; Kristin Varn, Art on Broad; and Jai West, White Elephant.

A dedicated group of downtown merchants and business owners have worked diligently for months to create the Alliance, involve the downtown district and formalize into a not-for-profit corporation, focusing on the simple mantra "making downtown a wonderful place to live, work and play."

"As someone who works and lives in Downtown Augusta, it's very exciting to see those with a vested interest in the welfare of the area coming together to help shape, develop and promote Downtown," said Emily Carder. Travis Petrea of the Metro Coffee House agreed, "It’s exciting to witness. A progressive thinking group of people is long over due in downtown Augusta." d(a)² is the new voice of the downtown business and residential community, committed to making downtown the heart of the Augusta community.

Furthering the progress and vibrancy of downtown Augusta, the Alliance will build effective partnerships among stakeholders, residents, and current downtown organizations. d(a)² will bring fresh ideas to revitalize the economic vitality of downtown, helping to create a vibrant downtown. d(a)² will work toward cleaning up the downtown area, making it pedestrian friendly, improve signage, rehabilitate deteriorating buildings and make downtown the heart of Augusta. Jeremy Carr, pastor of The Well, explained his desire to be involved in the Alliance: "Far too many times there is a disconnect between the faith community and the downtown scene. The WELL hopes to bridge that gap by being involved with the development of the city's events. Being on the board provides a great context to build relationships with other leaders in the community and work in conjunction with one another for the benefit of downtown."

The mission of d(a)² is to promote the health, vitality and progress of Downtown Augusta by making downtown a wonderful place to live, work and play while creating a vibrant multi-use neighborhood where businesses and the residential community can flourish through cooperative efforts of commercial, professional and residential interests. The boundaries for the d(a)² are downtown Augusta from 5th Street to 15th Street and from the north side of Reynolds Street to the south side of Greene Street.

Want to know how you can be a part of this exciting new organization? Talk to one of the 36 Charter Members or call one of the Charter Board members to find out how you can get involved!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Going Up?

Loft Living

The open living areas and wall-less space of a loft is often refered to as the "raw" area. This raw area takes on many meanings to different loft dwellers but overall it represents spatial freedom. This space is the epitome of loft living and the essence of the lifestyle. The traditional idea of raw area brings up images of abandoned New York City warehouses where starving artists found refuge and not the refined loft of today's modern age.

For many who seek this lifestyle the appeal is the ability to design, customize, and personalize their own space. The open layout and design of a loft allows the loft dweller to be creative and define every nook and cranny. Loft seekers who dream big desire lofts that have the right amount of raw area to contain all that they envision.
Raw space allows dwellers the ability to define their world from professional to personal and beyond.

Loft living is an expression of personal taste. Loft living is about freedom, a quality of life, and contemporary urban living. Loft living can be luxurious, minimalist, eclectic or artistic.

Get your chance to see first hand some of the great lofts in Downtown Augusta. See what all of the talk is about loft living and the modern lifestyle this First Friday, May 4, 2007.

For more information about Historic Augusta's Downtown Loft Tour, check out www.historicaugusta.org
or call 706-724-0436.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Clap If You Believe

The Davidson Fine Arts production of Peter Pan will have people clapping long and loud this weekend, and not just to save Tinkerbell. Children and adults alike will be caught up in the excitement and fantasy of this classic story brought to life about a boy who doesn't want to grow up. After all, most people are still kids at heart.

Davidson Fine Arts presents three performances of Peter Pan this weekend:
Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Admission: Davidson Fine Arts Students $10; Senior Citizens/ Children/ Students $11; Adults $12
For more information visit http://davidson.rcboe.org/home.aspx.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Creative Ideas

Sometimes the best marketing ideas are relatively simple, and they produce benefits that far outweigh their production cost. First Friday is obviously one of them. After reading all of the creative and thoughtful responses to the "First Friday" post I thought that this might be a good opportunity for all of us to throw out a few of the ideas that have been rattling around in the backs of our head to see if any of them might lead to something worthwhile. The pub crawl (Beer and Loathing is great Coco and D) is a prime example. I have two ideas that I would like to throw out for comments or criticism. The first is January promotion that would run for 3 or 4 weeks. The theme is diner and a movie. The imperial would run a series of old movies on Tuesday nights (think Bogart and Hepburn) and patrons could attend for free if they got a coupon from one of the downtown restaurants or other participating businesses. The businesses could set their criteria fo receiving the coupon, and the next morning the Imperial could redeem the coupons for cash. My other idea is for a major free concert downtown funded in part by some of the larger downtown businesses. Beamies and The Boll Weevil could provide a thousand dollars each, for example, which could be meaningful if a few (20 to 25) other companies would participate at the same level. This would then be the seed money to bring in major sponsors and produce a big time show.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

First Friday, Art Event or Retail Event

If April's First Friday was and example of what to expect in the future then the event may well be doomed. First Friday has certainly had difficulties in the last couple of years, and these difficulties can be traced directly back to the parties that were in charge of coordinating the event. The Arts Council now is the co-ordinating agency, but I think that this is a mistake because, in this case, the interest of art and business are not parallel. For example January's first Friday was a warm day with the promise of threatening weather. Late in the afternoon there was an anouncement from the Arts Council that First Friday was cancelled. A retail prespective would have been to announce that the street events were cancelled, but the restaurants and galleries were still open. As it turned out it never rained and a good opportunity was wasted. Downtown retailers are independent business owners who have made tremendous sacrafices to start their businesses. We have to pay the rent and make payroll through the good months and bad months. Street artist often are in business for the price of a saxaphone and are under no obligation to press on when it becomes inconvenient.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Catch "Greater Tuna" at Le Chat Noir

For those who missed the first weekend of Le Chat Noir's current production, "Greater Tuna," there are two more weekends to catch this hysterical satire about life in Tuna, Texas' third-smallest town. This is a great choice for those who want to have a fun, and funny, night out.

"Greater Tuna" is showing April 12-14 and 19-21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reserve your tickets early since seating is limited to about 80 people. For more information about "Greater Tuna" and Le Chat Noir, visit http://www.lcnaugusta.com/ or call 706.722.3322.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Parking Management is Key

Downtown Augusta is choking on its own success. In 1996 when the Soul Bar and Nachos were just getting started you could stand in the middle of 10th and Broad on Saturday noon and not see more than a handful of cars. Today most of the parking is gone by early morning. Unfortunately many of the spaces are occupied by employees and residents which discourages shoppers and diners. From time to time the city funds a study which usually results in a pie in the sky approach to downtown's parking problems, but before we demolish half of the town to build parking garages why don't we first manage what we already have. For example on 9th street near the amphitheater parking is restricted around the fountain, presumably for aesthetic reasons. Yet Riverwalk is a public park funded by the very people to whom access is being denied. The parking garage at the convention center behind the Marriot is also also a public facility which loses money, so you would think that the city would have at least one sign directing visitors and locals to use it, right? Well it's not that obvious to whomever is in charge of such things. So here are my 7 simple low cost steps to better parking: (1) Use Common sense. (2) Provide safe off street parking for residents and employees. (3) Re institute metered parking in the Broad Street parking bays. (4) Enforce 2 hours parking restrictions (5) Give property owners tax abatements for providing public parking on vacant lots in high density areas. (6) Designate George Patty as Director of Downtown Parking and implement his recommendations. (7) Stop funding parking studies

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Outsider

It seems some feathers are ruffled from my first post on the new and only independent voice of downtown Augusta! Why are people so offended with good news and praise for the real “doers” who are making great things happen? I guess that’s what happens when you are in the fray!

The mean spirited rag called my column a “fawning imitation”! I have always been one to make lemonade out of lemons so the way I look at it is BAD PUBLICITY IS FREE PUBLICITY! I have been so busy answering my fan mail…thanks to everyone for your positive feedback!

In addition, I have received several posts from some dude named “coco” asking if I was writing about his message board.

No “coco”, I was not talking about you!

Why would I?

Sorry man, but who the heck are you?

First of all I write about people I know personally and second of all, about those who are making a difference…for the better.

Like Justin Anderson, owner of the new theater off Broad, Le Chat Noir. Now here is gentlemen, who like Deke and Julian, has invested money in our downtown and restored the old Capri Theater. Not only is the finished product “top gun”, but so are the plays and musical performances. It is a grown up place and non-smoking to boot. If you have not been, please visit this new jewel on the corner of 8th Street & Ellis.

Rick Toole
of Toole Engineering has purchased the building on the north side of Broad at 10th. Currently an elevator shaft is being constructed on the exterior of the bldg. and interior improvements are underway and soon he will relocate his engineering firm there. Thanks Rick for your investment and your true commitment to downtown Augusta. You have “staying power” as well.

Congratulations Flash Gordon, new director of the James Brown Arena, for a fun-filled family evening with the Harlem Globetrotters. Not only is Flash investing his time and efforts in booking class acts at the arena and bringing folks downtown, he has invested a lot of sweat equity in the downtown business he owns, Pyramid Records.

Hats off to the new business association, Downtown Augusta Alliance or DA squared. This enthusiastic group plans to work with the Downtown Development Authority to promote downtown. New marketing campaigns and events are in the planning phases.
Another great example of movers and shakers who take responsibility for their individual successes…doers not talkers.

And finally, thank you Damon Cline for the great new business section in the Monday Augusta Chronicle. It is so refreshing to hear the good things that are going on in the area. I actually display your publication on my coffee table for guests to see.

And that mean spirited rag is used to line my kitty litter box.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Revival - be a part of the action

revival - noun
restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength.
restoration to use, the revival of old customs.
a new production of an old play.the state of being revived.

There is a revival going on in Downtown Augusta. I recently replied to a web site blog requesting information on a "unique and different" shopping experience in our community. This person obviously has not been to Downtown Augusta in a while. I invited them to visit our great district and to "explore" the possibilities. Restaurants, galleries, shops, entertainment opportunities not to mention the natural beauty of the Savannah River and our riverwalk (BONUS). For those of us that live work and play downtown - it comes easy. For those on the outside looking in it can be a daunting assignment - "what is there to do downtown?"

Our task as stakeholders, business owners and employees in the district (I'm told there are some 17,000 of us on a daily basis) is to educate - promote - invite and work together to build our community. Cross promote whenever possible. Partner with other businesses in the district to create a cohesive message. This will burn a lasting positive impression on anyone who visits the district. They will want to come back and possibly get involved themselves or bring a friend next time they come in to your establishment.

As the saying goes "wasn't that easy?"

Revival - it's a lifestyle...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Artist Overstreet making it BIG

Local Augustan Baker Overstreet has taken NY by storm with his new exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery in Chelsea! But that is just a small measure of his success. The scoop is Charles Saatchi came in and bought up half of the exhibition! Check out www.saatchi/gallery.co.uk/artists/baker_overstreet.htm Mr. Overstreet is on his his way, and work is off to London!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Outsider

I am just as guilty as the next person who from time to time checks out forums and blogs on the internet instead of doing what I am getting paid for. At least I have a job.

One tasteless message board is particularly sad. A small group of middle-aged musicians, who post their own articles or quotes from a mean spirited rag, is just an example of the apathy and low self-esteem that plagues downtown Augusta.

And what about a group who meets every Tuesday morning that moans and groans about flower pots and kiosks? Are we to let these troubled few who talk and do nothing continue set the tone for downtown?

No, it is time for these idle few to step aside and let visionary movers and shakers set the new course for downtown Augusta. While the new regime is constantly criticized by the press it is because they are rolling up their shirt sleeves and doing something. They have learned through experience that talk is cheap. And they have better things to do then to respond to message boards.

Let’s start with our bright young mayor, Deke Copenhaver, who in the past year, has brought 1700 jobs to the Augusta area and an exciting condominium project on the river at the old train depot. He should be applauded for investing in the old Commerce Bldg on Broad Street. We are all familiar with the old saying, “put your money where your mouth is?” Deke has.

And so has new Downtown Development Chairman, Julian Roberts. Yes, he is part-owner of the JB White’s Building and absolutely no one has applauded him for the new building facade and other improvements that will pave the way for future retail space and condominiums. Julian has staying power too. He has served on the DDA Board since 2000 and is still an eternal optimist.

Chris Altweit, owner of New Moon Cafe is a breath of fresh air to downtown Augusta because she gets involved. She saw the potential and opened a second location here and continues to operate in Aiken as well. She donates proceeds to a local charity each month and donates her precious time as well. She is a new committee member for the Saturday Market on Broad and she realizes that committee members need to contribute, not talk.

David Hutcheson, owner of the Book Tavern is one to watch as well. He just does not give up! Like Julian, he has staying power. He took a leap of faith and moved his book store to Artist’s Row instead of closing shop for good when his shop did not fare well on 8th street. He attends meetings. He is involved. He is open seven days a week. And he never tires of speaking of the good things happening in downtown Augusta.

These are just a few of the new folks who are making a difference and you will hear more about others in the weeks to come. These are people who have a vested interest in the future of our downtown and work with not against other organizations such as the Downtown Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce.

And we should applaud them.

Loft Living in Downtown Augusta

Loft living in Augusta? Can it be done?

You bet! It's already underway...

First let's go over the basics:

Where did this all get started and what's all the buzz about?

Loft living began in the 19Th Century in Paris, France, those crazy Parisians. Artists of the day required large spaces to create their artwork and found refuge in abandoned warehouses. Let the "loft" lifestyle begin. It wasn't until the 20Th Century that it became a trend in the United States. Reclaimed warehouse and industrial spaces started being converted to living quarters in New York and Boston near shipping docks. The loft drive was on in the U.S.. Soon major cities across the country started seeing the "benefits" of inner city/urban living. Residents could now live, work and play in districts that were once neglected and run down. The loft movement started driving small scale economies in once blighted areas. Residents had living needs and soon retailers, restaurateurs, gallery owners and service sector businesses started springing up. Visionary investors began to reclaim and convert spaces that where once eye sores, turning districts 180 degrees in to profitable situations. All while re-building a sense of "community" and fighting against SUB-urban sprawl. Sound familiar? Live-Work-Play.

So what is a loft anyway?

Not everyone agrees on what exactly a loft is. Purists argue that that lofts only refer to factories or plants that have been converted into residences. Required accents in these homes include huge windows, beams or columns supporting 16-foot ceilings, and a maple or concrete floor. Newer developers believe that lofts refer to any apartments that fit the principles of loft design: open layouts, large windows, and unique finishes in an urban location.
Newer developers believe that lofts refer to any apartments that fit the principles of loft design: open layouts, large windows, and unique finishes in an urban location. These discrepancies have led to new terminology, such as new loft, fake loft, soft loft, loft-inspired, mezzanine suites, "true" lofts, and loft-influenced. Lofts are generally decorated in a minimalist style with high ceilings and soaring views of the city skyline.

The cities with the biggest percentage of downtown growth in the 1990s were Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Chattanooga, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle.

Many cities across the United States are reclaiming empty spaces and converting them in to modern loft living spaces. Here in Augusta we currently have just under 200 such spaces in the downtown district with over 300 more available for conversion. This is a great invitation to get involved! Live-Work-Play.

Who are these "loft dweller" people anyway?

Well, just about anyone that wants to be a part of their community. Loft dwellers look for conveniences. They yearn for the arts. They are active in their communities and like to meet new people. Modern loft dwellers are predominately people seeking cultural opportunities (performing arts, art events, community togetherness) near their place of residence. They have a minimalist home decorating lifestyle with contemporary fashion sense. Most are active in their community and very much part of the fabric that binds their district. Live-Work-Play.

In Augusta, the downtown district provides all of the ingredients to become a tremendous "loft" community. There are many cultural activities going on in the district with more planned. Restaurants and galleries are easily accessible, the night life is very strong, and you can get involved in just about any community effort. Live-Work-Play.

To get a taste of Loft Living in Downtown Augusta, attend the upcoming Loft Tour. The tour will take place the weekend of May 5. The event is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Committee and is a great way to check it out yourself.

Large space, minimalist decorating and connectivity to your community.


What a lifestyle.


A True Progressive City....with Great Potential

A progressive city.... with great potential.... a dynamic and exciting “Downtown Augusta”….

Many people have had visions for our downtown. Most notable over the past 20 years are 2 former Mayors, the late Charles DeVaney and the late Ed McIntyre.

Each had visions of a great city and an even greater downtown. These gentlemen knew the importance of growing our downtown and maintaining a prosperous central business district. They balanced the needs of the entire area and ‘planted seeds’ (via progressive downtown projects albeit sometimes not totally embraced or accepted by other elected officials—but their ideas persevered) for what will eventually become a city which welcomes visitors and new business from around the world.

I applaud ‘their’ achievements for our city and our downtown.

For the past several years there has been a void of this ‘vision’. There has been a void of ‘ownership’. There has been a void of a consolidated effort by our elected officials to recognize our past achievements and the improvements in our central business district. Given the breadth and depth of knowledge of our elected officials I’m surprised at this lack of attention to ‘maintaining the improvements’ which tens of millions of tax dollars went to build.

On the horizon---a Cal Ripken, Jr. managed Green Jacket’s baseball team playing ball next to the Savannah River in a stadium built for our city’s future growth, vitality and attractiveness. Like the projects in the past, this one will require a vision and an understanding of the ‘real’ potential a venue of this caliber has for the present and future economic health of our great city- Augusta, Georgia.


Two interesting shows at the Morris Museum of Art

Currently up at the Morris Museum of Art are two very different exhibitions, but both should be checked out. The first exhibition is one of the ABSOLUTE best exhibition I have ever seen at the Morris Museum of Art. Tom Nakashima: Two Decades, this exhibition is up and running now through April 29th. If you cannot connect to Mr. Nakashima's visual vocabulary, you might be more interested in American Art Pottery from the Moody Collection. Needless to say there is always something for everyone at the Morris Museum of Art. Need more info www.themorris.org

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A different kind of Blog

Now a place for folks who realize the great strides downtown Augusta has made, a place for people who want to meet the current challenges it faces, and for visionaries who see the enormous potential waiting to be released. People like you.

Our authors have all committed time and resources to downtown and all have found success. Each week you will find new reasons to be optimistic about out downtown, new ideas for enjoying its diversity, and unique commentary on the people and issues involved. In addition to our regular writers, we will be inviting downtown business and property owners to share their thoughts on a monthly basis. Of course, your comments are always welcome.