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Old 04-02-2014, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Outer Boroughs, NYC
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Oh, dear Lord, another thread comparing the downright incomparable: Savannah and GA's three fall-line cities. And of course there's always at least one comment that Savannah is "only two shopping malls and a historic district." Methinks it is a bit more complicated than that.

Once you get much north of Columbia, SC, west of Auburn, AL, and south of Brunswick, GA, Savannah is the only Georgia city besides Atlanta than anyone has heard of. Golfers excepted, of course. I think Macon-Augusta-Columbus threads are logical, but Savannah really is in a different category (read: cosmic dimension) altogether from those three.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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Columbus's vibe is either very ghetto, very pretentious, or very country/redneck.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Oh, dear Lord, another thread comparing the downright incomparable: Savannah and GA's three fall-line cities. And of course there's always at least one comment that Savannah is "only two shopping malls and a historic district." Methinks it is a bit more complicated than that.

Once you get much north of Columbia, SC, west of Auburn, AL, and south of Brunswick, GA, Savannah is the only Georgia city besides Atlanta than anyone has heard of. Golfers excepted, of course. I think Macon-Augusta-Columbus threads are logical, but Savannah really is in a different category (read: cosmic dimension) altogether from those three.
You said it, not me!
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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Savannah is in another league than the others, but if we're talking about just the average, everyday person, cities like Savannah do tend to get overrated on City-Data for how known they are. The problem is your average City-Data poster doesnt represent your average, everyday person. The average City-Data poster is far more well traveled or at least far more interested and informed about cities around the country than the average everyday person. Ex. You could pick out any random John Doe and they can tell you what makes New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, etc. unique, but unlike the average City-Data poster, most of those same people don't know much about the Ashevilles, Savannahs, Wilmingtons and Charlestons that people do on here. I still come across a lot of people who've never heard of Savannah, or if they have they just know it's one of the larger Georgia cities like Augusta and Macon.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Outer Boroughs, NYC
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I still come across a lot of people who've never heard of Savannah, or if they have they just know it's one of the larger Georgia cities like Augusta and Macon.

Did these "average, everyday people you've come across" get beyond third grade in school, and do they still have teeth?
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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Did these "average, everyday people you've come across" get beyond third grade in school, and do they still have teeth?
People know major cities and "fun" vacation destinations (beaches, theme parks, casinos, etc.). The average person you'd meet at a bar or sporting event in other regions doesn't know about Savannah, Georgia's squares or that it has one of the largest historic districts and they don't care. This doesn't take away from the greatness of Savannah, but most people aren't well traveled or city-data buffs. That doesn't mean they are necessarily complete idiots either. The common person isn't the alleged big shot who goes to billions of cities "on business" like so many city-data posters or fanatics that studies google street view maps of places they've never been to.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Outer Boroughs, NYC
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Most people aren't well traveled or city-data buffs. That doesn't mean they are necessarily complete idiots either.
No, they would have to be complete idiots. With no teeth.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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People know major cities and "fun" vacation destinations (beaches, theme parks, casinos, etc.). The average person you'd meet at a bar or sporting event in other regions doesn't know about Savannah, Georgia's squares or that it has one of the largest historic districts and they don't care. This doesn't take away from the greatness of Savannah, but most people aren't well traveled or city-data buffs. That doesn't mean they are necessarily complete idiots either. The common person isn't the alleged big shot who goes to billions of cities "on business" like so many city-data posters or fanatics that studies google street view maps of places they've never been to.
Uh ... No. Savannah is VERY well known across the country, especially on the East Coast. It's a MAJOR tourist destination (13 million annual visitors) and one of the most written about / talked about cities on the internet. Millions of people around the world know Savannah is home to Paula Deen, Forest Gump, the Lady Chablis ... and ghosts.

This thread will give you a little idea of just how big Savannah's name recognition is:

What they're saying about Savannah
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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I actually think there's a bit of truth to what nomad_88 is saying. In the city vs city forum, there's a thread going about the most underrated and overrated Southern cities and I was surprised in that cities like Savannah and Charleston were mentioned as much as they were--until I realized that it was mainly people from other parts of the country saying such. Savannah is still somewhat of a niche destination of sorts and isn't large enough to compete with the major tourist centers of the South that attract many more people from more places and have more national notoreity like Orlando, coastal Florida, and NOLA. However it makes a strong showing as a 2nd-tier regional tourist destination along with the likes of Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and the Smokies.

I'm curious as to the states that most visitors to Savannah are from. The CVB usually keeps track of that.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Well, let me put it this way: Just this week, I've engaged tourists visiting Savannah from California, New York, Philadelphia, Texas, Ohio, Chicago ... and Europe. How do you suppose they ended up here if they've never heard of Savannah?
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