Savannah is not quite the greatest Southern town. At least according to Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Southern Towns” bracket. The March-Madness style online contest started off with 32 Southern towns. This week, Savannah made it into the Final Four, and then the final two as it faced off against Franklin, Tennessee. Friday, the magazine announced Savannah lost in the championship round to Franklin. Plenty of online voters in Georgia were disappointed (including us here at GPB), but it was all friendly competition in the name of online fun. Sarah McCammon, GPB’s Savannah Bureau Chief, talked to Kim Alexander, digital media director for Garden & Gun, about the contest, the results, and the #SouthernTowns buzz on social media.
In the spirit of March Madness, Garden & Gun magazine set up a bracket with 32 towns in the South going head-to-head for the title of Best Southern Town. The magazine restricted the opening selection to towns with populations under 150,000 (sorry, Atlanta). The results are down to the final four: Savannah, GA vs. Asheville, NC and Franklin, TN vs. Hot Springs, AR.