Downtown Savannah is a gathering place for tourists and some are trying to find new ways to let them see the sights.
The city already have motor coaches, carriages, trolleys hursts and walking tours. Now, they are thinking about adding double-decker buses to the mix.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association hosted a forum Wednesday at the Savannah History Museum. While many like the idea of putting those buses on the streets, just as many others see them as a problem.
"We start with safety. People on the other deck will be exposed to tree limbs you know how the tree canopy is on our beautiful streets," said Downtown Neighborhood Association President Hank Reed. "People will stand up and they may not be allowed to stand up, but you will always have some drunk person that will try it. They can be injured. It is also damage to tree canopy."
Other concerns were privacy for residents of the Historic District and the diesel engines.
The issue will be addressed by Savannah City Council on March 21.
Police also told residents that violent crime was up 4.3% in their area, but the majority of the crime was against tourists or visitors of the downtown area. What was surprising was homeless violence numbers are up for this time of year. 75 percent of homeless people were victims of a violent crime, while only 12 percent were considered suspects. It's an issue the city is currently looking at.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:41 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:41:36 GMT
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