SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A proposal to roll out double-decker buses on the streets of historic downtown Savannah has residents complaining the change would amount to tourism overload.
Two Boston businessmen are lobbying Savannah City Hall to end a 17-year ban on double-decker buses in the downtown historic district of Georgia's oldest city.
The city's Downtown Neighborhood Association is opposing the change. Its members say the buses would risk collisions with low-hanging tree limbs and would turn passengers into Peeping Toms capable of peering into second-story windows.
Julie Wade, an attorney for the businessmen, says Savannah's double-deckers would be customized to be more than a foot shorter than similar buses used in London, New York and other large cities. She says her clients are willing to make compromises with residents and officials.
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