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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:02am

Savannah: No Double-Decker Buses

The Savannah City Council is saying "no" to a proposal to allow double-decker tour buses in the city's downtown historic district.

The council voted 7-2 on Thursday to uphold a Savannah ordinance that has banned double-decker buses for the last 17 years. Two Boston businessmen whose company provides double-decker tours in other U.S. cities had spent months seeking a change so they could come to Savannah.

The Savannah Morning News reports downtown residents packed City Hall on Thursday to show their opposition. They argued the buses would give tourists a Peeping Tom's view inside upper windows of homes, and said upper-level passengers might get whacked by low-hanging tree branches.

An attorney for the businessmen had sought a compromise, offering to limit the routes double-deckers would use.