DNA's Timely Bulletins & News Items now appear on our new "DNA Bulletins" page reached by clicking on the DNA Bulletins Button in the center above
Welcome to the
Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association
DNA's MISSION is to enhance the quality of life in
Landmark District, protect Savannah's unique downtown environment, and
advocate for public policies which support these objectives.
ARE YOU A NEW DOWNTOWN RESIDENT?
DNA and the City have produced two valuable booklets you can download from this site to help you get settled downtown. The "Resident's Key Info" link button above will take you to a webpage where you can find these booklets and other helpful information.
DNA's HISTORY AND OBJECTIVES
Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) was organized in the 1970s
by a group of downtown residents to protect and preserve Savannah's
unique architectural heritage and to enhance the quality of life for
residents in the Historic Landmark District.
Those purposes remain as vital today as ever! DNA's continuing efforts to preserve our historic environment were recently recognized by the Historic Savannah Foundation's presentation of the first "Lee and Emma Adler Award for Preservation Advocacy" to DNA. DNA mobilizes volunteers, raises funds, participates in City Boards & Commissions and Savannah's overall public affairs to support these objectives. We are non-partisan, we fully support compatible development in the Historic District, and we encourage more diversity among downtown residents.
DNA mobilizes volunteers, raises funds, participates in the City's Boards and Commissions and Savannah's overall public affairs to support these objectives. We are
non-partisan, we fully support compatible development in the Historic
District, and we encourage more diversity among downtown residents.
DNA Meetings focus on public policy related to our mission and often include local officials who discuss these policies with our members. Our programs include an informal social hour to meet neighbors and guests.
DNA Christmas Caroling and Square Decorating Dec 2012
DNA's annual Holiday Tour of Homes & Inns, linked to this page, is our major fund-raising event. Generous residents open their private homes and inns to our tour guests and serve as docents and other support staff. Tour proceeds are given back to the downtown community as grants which fund worthy organizations and projects supporting our goals. The record of our grants is on the Tour of Homes website for public review. DNA GRANTS
Join DNA! All residents of the Historic Landmark District
are encouraged to join us. Membership is also open to anyone,
anywhere, who appreciates Savannah and shares our goals. Dues are
only $25 per year! You can join on line, or by mailing in a check.
We are recognized by the IRS as a non-profit and dues are tax
deductible. Visit our
"JOIN DNA" page for details.
DNA Publishes News for Members
Approximately once a week DNA emails a "News & Notes" bulletin. Normally sent only to members, we sometimes email a wider audience to provide critical information to the public.
Approximately three times a year DNA mails out a newsletter to keep members informed on our activities, major projects, and current public issues. A few weeks after it is mailed, we post DNA's current newsletter on line here. DNA's most recent newsletter: Current DNA Newsletter
ALL COMMENTS WELCOME
Please use the buttons below to email DNA Leaders for more information or provide comments on DNA or this website:
Ongoing Topics & Issues
A VISION for Savannah in 2050!
DNA joins with Historic Savannah Foundation and the Downtown Business Association to advocate revitalization of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) and development of a new vision for Savannah's future: Vision 2050
DNA supports plan to relocate food service for homeless
The City has advised Faith Based Groups providing food service for
homeless that they will need to relocate operations away from parks and squares after a
six month transition period.
DNA Annual Picnic on May 14
DNA awarded $20,000 in financial grants to 18 organizations which support our mission, elected the Officers and Board for 2013-14, saluted our Savannah - Chatham police force, and presented four individual awards a tour annual meetingand picnic on May 14.
April 2013 Forum
DNA hosted At Large Aldermen Carol Bell and Tom Bordeaux for a discussion of current issues and challenges facing Savannah at our April membership meeting this spring.
I-16 Flyover Removal
Failure of the T-SPLOST eliminates possible source of funding for
DNA supported I-16 Flyover Removal.
City Strengthens & Enforces Tourism Ordinance
In response to DNA and public input, fines for some Tourism Ordinance violations have been increased from $25 to $250. The City is doing a better job of enforcement, and collected $18,000 in fines by late spring
Price Street Bike Lane
The bicycle lane on Price Street is the most significant traffic calming initiative that has been implemented in the downtown area. We commend the City Staff and Council for this initiative, and look forward to additional traffic calming measurers in the downtown area!
Unified Zoning Ordinance
The Metropolitan Planning Commission
is continuing work on the proposed county-wide Unified Zoning Ordinance (UZO.)
DNA recommends citizens visit the UZO
website, study the draft, and email views to the MPC. We
plan a program on the implicatiuons of the UZO for downtown
residents at on of our meetings this fall
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