Wrong....Landsark. My kid is the current CIA student, its a family tradition. I am a longtime graduate of the CIA as well as having 2 additional degrees from the French Culinary Institute in NYC ...meaning I actually know GREAT food when I eat it. Sorry, but I find most of the"Unique Southern Restaurants" boring and all the same old - same old. Pretty Good but not Great. And thats not just here but all the other Southern states as well. No one pays my rent but me - definitely not Bob and Betty from Ohio. They just block my driveway when I am trying to pull out. I own percentages in numerous restaurants and food related businesses in NYC, LA (2 more massive hipster havens), Atlanta, Boston, Paris, Barcelona and of course the original start, with family members in Madrid. I am the "outside investment" in all of the above places and appreciate all other "outside investors". Its the idiot sheeple hipsters I dislike and their numbers are growing here. No....sorry, the hipsters def do not pay my rent in any of the aforementioned cities or here. I do, through hard work and sweat equity. Heres what I spin at this time of year"Get that Ford Focus out of my Driveway and head on back up to Toledo. Y'all come back now, ya hear."
I should probably post on Facebook and email all the newspapers telling them I have a Notary Public signed letter which states I get $200 and a free ride home each time my bike is confiscated by the city of Charleston.
Warnings and signs would be a good way of educating the public. You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a Facebook post at you!
What happens in 2 years when someone has their bike copped by the cops? "Well, you see, back in 2013 we sent out a Facebook post alerting everyone to the law." C'mon guys, put up some signs.
Perhaps a warning tag on bikes for a couple weeks until most get the gist of the new law instead of just confiscating them? "We shared it on Facebook."? Really?
MIKE SEEKINGS is a thief. You can call this anything you like .... it is theft. Does MIKE SEEKINGS steal sex too,... from 8 year old girls. That's rape. If someone steals bikes, why wouldn't they steal sex?? Sex is more fun, so why wouldn't he? How can a fine city as Charleston allow this pervert to do these things???MIKE SEEKINGS is a sick, and so are the council and police that enforce this filthy law.
Fun stuff, CIA kid. You mean Yankee carpetbaggers like Mike Lata and Sean Brock who moved south backed by hedge fund/Wall St money designed to finance a "uniquely Southern" culinary destination economy? An economy, interestingly enough, that YOU benefit from, being a CIA student.
God, the arrogance of natives here is nauseating. You appeal for outside investment, and resent those who invest. You spin a narrative of idyllic Charleston "Southerness," but hate those who pay to experience that narrative and pay your rent.
"Don't know what else we could have done?" Well if bikes have to have permits, you could have mailed out a notice of the new law to all with such a permit. And the time to come and retrieve the bike should be punishment enough, given this is a pilot program. I'm just saying.
Warning tickets would suffice well... Don't you think?
Yankee Hipsters and Trendsters. Ugh. The bane of my existence lately. Please make them go away, they gather like lemmings in group, swarming sheep like on King en masse on second Sundays. Bless their little hearts, don't they have somewhere else to go......say Savannah? Savannah needs them or even Asheville ...all that clean mountain air.
So, lots of bikes confiscated and yet......Cracky McCrackalot is still selling rocks off of his stolen one just a few blocks north of where they had the cycle roundup. What a joke and a waste of time. Bike corrals indeed. When asked where are these Bike Corrals? The answer given by the city was. "Why....they are in our minds and on the drawing board. The ball is in our court." No Sparky, y'all dropped the ball. Round up the bikes and fine AFTER the corrals are in place. That's usually how it works in most common sense cities. Ooooops did I say common sense, sorry I forgot we don't have any here in the Chuck anymore.
Why are cops assholes?
The street sweeping is 100% profit driven. $45 tickets, twice a week per district. They write about $30,000 a month worth of tickets just for street sweeping. Do the math!
How about taking some of that fine money and making some signs that say "No parking of bicycles except in bike corrals"? How about tourists, who fund this city? This is another way the stupid police dept. and the city have found to make lots of money on fines. How about if I just moved to Charleston? I agree with the law, but you have to let folks know about it every day, not just on the TV or social media. Old folks don't use the social media like the kids do.
The city recently expanded their areas of street sweeping. We received no less than three paper notices and the city also put up signs along the street. I did not see this on the news, nor on Facebook. Building a couple additional bicycle parking areas is not sufficient notice.
Not everyone has access to a TV to watch the news. I know that I watch TV for one hour a week to watch a specific show, and the only time I am on the internet is to do school work and catch up with friends. Without Mellow Mushroom posting this article and a friend "sharing" it on facebook, I would not have known this existed. Posting signs is not difficult.
The law was all over the news so people not knowing about it is their own fault. On the other hand, if the law is to prevent bikes from falling over and blocking the sidewalk why not just have that be the law? You can lock your bike to a tree or lamp post but if it falls over it will be picked up, confiscated and you will have to pay a fine.
"I don't know what else we could have done..." You could have posted signs. When I was in college I was studying, working and spending time with friends. No news watching. I can't imagine this didn't occur to them.
And the fining continues. They continue to take away parking spots for "tour buses" and "carriages" and now they've even confiscated spots for bike corrals (certainly NOT against them, I'm just not sure why they need to be IN a former car parking spot?). All to force people into the garages.
"The rationale for the law is that a bicycle, when chained to a tree on a narrow sidewalk, can fall over and obstruct the entire walkway."
Then do what I do... pick it up!
This is just another way to leech off college kids. Facing overbearing debt? No problem, let us "protect" you by fining you for everything under the sun...
How many glossy local magazines are there now foisting an image of a romantic, cultured, aristocratic south born out of the gauzy imaginings of teen-aged wanna-be belles and imagined country-clubbing trust-funded huntsman/capitalists? And then there are the hipster douche green/food mags. I imagine there are... 6 to 12 successful monthly/quarterly magazines here in Charleston about: Food, "southern culture," food, weddings, clothes, weddings, "southern architecture," food, and how kick ass it is to wealthy and white in the South.
It's this veneer of fantasy that is sold to housewives in Atlanta and wealthy vacationers nationwide as how life is here.
There's a thirsty market for it. At some point, however, we'll all tire of learning of the new douche bag bartender and his forearm tats on King Street or in Asheville harvesting his own ginger for his take on a turn of the century drink no one wants.
BTW... "In a country where a common economic criticism is that we no longer make anything, a media outlet is actively helping turn hobbies and dreams into viable manufacturing opportunities." What? I suppose you're right. Garden and Gun is THE most important thing to have ever happened. Jesus Christ. I hope you sent this... article, or whatever it is,... in with your resume.
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