Ellis Street Canal

A proposed plan to sink Ellis Street in downtown Augusta to create a nightlife and entertainment destination centered around a canal quickly fell by the wayside as city officials dealt with pressing financial matters that have upstaged this urban renewal proposal.

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Recreation site hours could be hurt by cuts

Some of Thurmond Lake's campgrounds and day-use recreation areas might close earlier, and possibly open later, as the Ar­my Corps of Engineers adapts to a leaner fiscal 2012 budget year.
By From Staff Reports | Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011

Long road before all aboard trolley idea

We don't seek to rain on the "downtown trolley" parade -- only to slow it down.
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cleanup project may go to vote

Not looking to turn down free help, the chairman of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is trying to accommodate a volunteer group that wants to take on the overgrown botanical gardens.
By Johnny Edwards | Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Progress defies national economy

In this bleak economy, Augusta has one of Georgia's few city centers where revitalization keeps chugging along, downtown proponents and developers say.
By Johnny Edwards | Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Local officials revisit canal on Ellis Street, trolley ideas

A year ago, Commissioner Andy Cheek shared his vision for turning Ellis Street into a canal and Augusta into a tourist mecca. That faded, and this year's remedy for downtown decay is a trolley.
By Sylvia Cooper | Monday, Aug 18, 2008

Is this what we want?

Augusta's flirtation with a railroad-style trolley along Broad Street illustrates yet again the difference between a study and a plan.
Sunday, July 13, 2008

New library? No. New bus terminal? Yes

I thought the Ellis Street canal proposal was the mother of all boondoggles. But the proposed new library has it topped by a foot or two.Claud Caldwell, Augusta
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Economic development

Recent activities reported by area economic development organizations:
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007

Our downtown needs smart revitalization

I was born in Augusta almost 75 years ago at 501 Telfair St.
By George T. Sheftall | Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007

Have bureaucrats lost their minds?

One can see the anti-worker, anti-middle-class mind-set of some of our elected and appointed officials in city government.Robert Periano, Augusta
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007

Plenty of turkeys deserve recognition

Welcome to the second annual Turkey of the Year Awards. It would be the third annual Turkey of the Year Awards, but I skipped last year to go on vacation and just let Augusta Commissioner Marion ...
By Sylvia Cooper | Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007

Success 'wows' Georgia official

When the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta asked if it got a passing grade from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' downtown development director, the answer wasn't yes - it was ...
By Tim Rausch | Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007

Additional costs seen in canal plan

It appears to me that the feasibility of building a canal on Ellis Street can be determined rather quickly by those who govern and maintain our city before spending taxpayers' money on hiring a ...
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007

Don't encourage wastes of our money

It is amazing to watch and read about how some Augusta city commissioners do in meetings. Every time you hear from City Administrator Fred Russell, it is about having to increase taxes. ...Don ...
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007

'Big bang' project could drive rebirth

Before he leaves office - and Augusta - in a few months, Commissioner Andy Cheek wants to leave his mark on the city. In his case, the mark would be about two miles long, 30 feet wide and 6 feet deep.
By Johnny Edwards and Mike Wynn | Monday, Oct. 22, 2007

Turning away from 'Disgusta'

Margaret Woodard was on a mission this summer to persuade downtown property owners to pay extra taxes to help keep the business district safe and clean.
By Johnny Edwards and Mike Wynn | Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007

The Chosen View: Beautifying Augusta

It's hard to say when Augusta devolved into the label many residents now use to describe their town: Disgusta. But that's how many of you see it, as beautification is one of four issues readers ...
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007

Timeline: 35 years of success, false starts

It's been 25 years since Augusta Tomorrow formed and helped produce the master plan that led to Riverwalk Augusta, and 35 years since the earliest efforts to redefine a city center struggling to ...
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007

Extras could hinder budget

Augusta property owners can expect a small property tax increase next year if city commissioners approve the budget proposal City Administrator Fred Russell put before them Tuesday.
By Sylvia Cooper | Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007

Consider reflection pools on Broad

There has been a good bit of talk around town and much written in the newspaper recently concerning what Augusta needs to do to revitalize itself - from extending the canal down Ellis Street, to ...
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007

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