Georgia Magazine - December 2017 - 24

'Nobody could dream of what
River Street is today'

COURTESY VISIT SAVANNAH

Locals and tourists crowd River
Street for holiday festivals and
monthly events.

Savannah's remodeled front porch turns 40
BY LESLIE MOSES

A

parking lot won't do for this
scene. A sudden rainstorm
sends River Street performer Brian
Miller, guitar in hand, under a
pavilion, where dozens of people
also run for cover.
That's where Miller's spontaneous a cappella version of "One in a
Million You" breaks out with another
River Street performer also seeking
shelter there. "A one in a million,
chance of a lifetime," they sing.
One woman raises her phone to
record the performance. Another,
Donna Woollacott from Ohio,
standing a few feet away, praises the
duet. "I mean, where else do you get
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this?" Woollacott asks.
Not in a parking lot. Rewind time
back to the 1970s. River Street in
Savannah was a run-down scene of
rotten wharfs and large, empty
warehouses. City officials considered
turning the area into a parking lot.
But visionaries stepped in, and
40 years ago in 1977, they revealed a
better route: a revived, half-mile
stretch of River Street dedicated as
Rousakis Riverfront Plaza after former
Savannah Mayor John Rousakis.
"What it turned out to be is
worlds more than expected," says Eric
Meyerhoff, 88, retired project architect
of the then-Gunn & Meyerhoff firm
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and one of those visionaries.
"I'm fairly confident that there is
no place quite like it on the planet,"
says Joseph Marinelli, president of
Visit Savannah.
Huge container ships pass by
almost close enough to touch, he
says. A ferry carries passengers
fare-free, restaurants offer fine dining,
a candy shop worker holds out
glazed pecan samples and live music
spans much of the area. At one
moment after the storm passes,
church bells ring, a recording of
"Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" plays
and various musicians along the
riverfront add to the sounds. One
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