18 Oct Addressing the future of the Savannah Civic Center – a ULI Technical Assistance Panel
The major priorities of any proposals for the Civic Center were to respect Savannah’s historic district and adhere to the Oglethorpe Plan as closely as possible while reconnecting neighborhoods and determining the best mix of uses for the site. The City shared a survey asking Savannah residents to rank what characteristics for the redevelopment of the site they value most: green space, arts and culture, community diversity, preserving historic character, and promoting employment opportunities and economic development.
Oglethorpe’s Savannah Plan is one of the most iconic things in the field of planning. It is our Mona Lisa. The plan is featured on the first day of any Urban Planning class and typically on the first page of any Urban Planning book. As a planner, Jonathan was honored to be entrusted to participate in such an important discussion.