is Part Two of my Advice Review...I forgot to say
something else about SCAD's catalog which was on the subject
of crime. I visited Savannah in 2002 and got
to see part of the school. The campus and
the city itself was beautiful. The different trees, impressive
architecture and art were splendid.
It is situated
right next to the hood reminiscent of Coconut Grove in
Miami. Savannah from my observation is a city of
either well off or poor people. Generally those better
off people are white and the poorer people are black.
I was astounded when I still saw black people
working menial jobs like host, janitor, retail and other lower
level jobs. I noticed white people had better jobs.
If a white person worked a menial job it
would be in a good place away from the ghetto.
With such disparities between the races one can only
imagine what living in Savannah must be like.
I was staying at a friends house when I visited
Savannah and he told me his car was robbed at
gunpoint by a group of African American men. I
only mention their race because poverty can sometimes make people
desperate. My friend also told me that he was
assaulted on another occasion in addition to the car robbery.
He was living in these nice apartments off on
Liberty Street next to a laundromat in downtown. My
friend was in the military and despite his training and
experience was not able fight these men off.
My friend also complained of racial tension because he is
Puerto Rican. He mentioned how he felt like he
was stuck in the middle because white people would hassle
him for not being white and blacks would do the
same to him. Later he moved out of Savannah.
My friend told me that Savannah is good for
a while and then it gets boring. I also
noticed that Savannah is expensive in my opinion. This
is considering that jobs are not well paid unless you
During my time there I found
that food options are limited. The quality of food
was not the best in my opinion. I went
to a Piggly Wiggly and was disappointed with their food
choices and quality. I was hard pressed to find
any organic food. I found an all natural store
that didn't have much to pick from and it was
overpriced. I mainly saw American and Southern food.
When I saw 'foreign' food it was just Americanized versions
of Asian and other foods around the globe. Things
might have changed in the 3 years since I was
When I was applying to SCAD I totally
forgot about my trip there because I was more excited
about my degree, but reality set it on me because
I know that I am not just going to school,
but living in Savannah as well. I still think
Savannah is beautiful city with cool artwork, but you do
have to be careful being there. I was alone
part of the time I was there and did not
feel comfortable walking alone because I got tired of men
approaching me thinking that I was available to be with
them when all I wanted was to go out for
a fuckin walk. I just wanted to chill and
have the opportunity to take everything in.
Something about Savannah
I noticed is that if you stay within the campus
areas you get a sheltered view of Savannah because once
you step out, it is a different city all together.
Once I stepped out of the manicured lawns, posh
housed and tree lined streets with classy people I saw
the real Savannah. This part of Savannah was actually
a decent part of town with working class people.
I saw greasy rednecks and ghetto people with nails longer
than a stick, hair dos from the 80s and early
90s, wearing cheap clothes, makeup and jewelry, faded out and
sometimes dirty clothing and bad looking bling and b.o.
What made these people ghetto was their attitude and not
their clothing. The majority of people I saw taking
public transportation were minorities. Unfair, huh?
I also forgot
to say that the church and the past are important
Driving in Savannah is relatively easy once
you are out of the cobblestone street downtown. The
city is spread out and there aren't that many people.
It is country out there so you'll see
lots of trees and scenery.
Well and that
is my observation of Savannah, Georgia.