We live in South Carolina. We shopped around for housing in the Charleston area and this still came in as a good value. We are not rich. Charleston is expensive unless you live in a really bad area. I would think that next year the rental on 930 Nomo will greatly increase and we will not be there at that point. But for now it is about what older rental houses are going for that is within walking distance to the school. The shuttle of course is a great plus since my child will not have to walk past any bad areas. They have private garage parking spaces and is gated. How much more secure can you get in any downtown area?
Great article, minus the comments about the rest of South Carolina. I am a born and rasied South Carolinain,and am proud of most of the areas of South Carolina. I took offense to the Fox News comment; my mother watches it often and while I don't agree with a lot they say,she's a great woman who believes in what she belives in and stands up for it. We must agree to disagree when it comes to this issue, and the fact that you included in this article makes you look not so kind in the eyes of some. That being said, I enjoyed the history of connecting Barbados to Charleston. I would love to vist the island one day. Charleston is by far my favorite city in South Carolina, as I love history and culture of it all.
"Why don't we start another war and then Im sure that our economy will improve..."
We've been at war for 15 years and the economy still sucks for 90% of us.
this had to be written by a racist negroe or a liberal idiot who wants to be a negroe.. idiotic post not to mention the outright plagiarism.. pathetic.
if it wasn't for this comment section i would think City paper is just a worthless advertisement for local restaurants...NOT REAL NEWS
or how about letting us mortgage land? The only mortgages you can get are for houses which are 100 times more expensive. Why isn't there a law to let us get mortgages on land alone? Is it because they want to buy it all themselves,mark up the prices, and then sell it to us for triple what they constructed it for? Thats how the rich stay rich, and they want us to be corporate slaves in verizon call centers for 20 years first. Then they want a pat on the back for bringing that kind of soul crushing work here! ha ha. Run yourselves.
hey how about allowing us to mortgage land? The system only allows us to mortgage livable houses which are 20 times the cost at least. Anything else you people say is garbage and it doesn't help the working class at all.
How about we joke and act like our economy ISN'T a historic system of slavery and exploitation! Then I will laugh and act like all of your ideas are serious! Why?
Our economy is a sham owned by shareholders invisibly, and you are all just clowns to me. Why don't we start another war and then Im sure that our economy will improve so we can shit more garbage in the ocean and call ourselves people.
I KNOW that ever since the nationalization of companies and the land seizure acts of WW2 has changed americans went from proud land owners to apartment tenant employees.
I personally hope everyone doesn't have a home, and that things get really bad here for the wreckless cowards we have enabled to commit genocide on a massive scale in IRAQ. Hopefully it will get so bad that we will destroy the entire system with violence like in SYRIA. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND< look up!
Here piggy piggy piggy. good piggy! you wouldn't want to upset your dnc and rnc overlords that run you invisibly while you act like you listen to what we say would you?
You comformist pigs that go the traditional route are WORTHLESS to humanity and just flap their jaws to act like we actually have a government and not a MAFIA that makes money selling weapons the world over for the poor to kill each other.
I say our overlords should start making money here and help these people in the USA destroy each other over a piece of bread before they retire to their mansions in england (which doesn't tax them).
Thank you, Steve Smith. It is first that, then the other.
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Dudes, the problem is thinking it's saving Charleston to lure hi-tech firms. How do you suggest finding jobs for our own people in the great new businesses? Nobody here is qualified to work at such places, so now we need 49 people a day to move in and staff the new firms. Unemployed % goes down but we have the same unemployed locals competing with yuppies for limited housing.
If there weren't so many low-income residents, we wouldn't need so much low-income housing. Where are the JOBS?
I appreciate the idea behind this series, but the execution really leaves a lot to be desired. It could have much shorter: Question: Can you e-mail us your press releases so we can post them?
I don't have time to get into every candidate's rambling pablum, full of buzzwords and intangible vagaries, so I guess I will focus on Ginny Deerin, being the victor and/or victim of that damn Alphabetic curse.
"Our Charleston brand must be protected. I will work with developers, neighbors, and stakeholders, like the Chamber of Commerce, to quickly move projects forward that benefit our city."
Charleston Brand™ name drop! Drink! What exactly are we protecting now? I would love some specificity.
Although corporations may be people these days, I'm pretty sure cities still aren't. So quit referring to them as such. Who exactly will benefit WITHIN the city from your proposals?
And who gives a shit about the Chamber of Commerce other than white men in their 30s and 40s who have a subgenre of bowties for networking.
"There are regions of the city anxious for more development "
Anxious for, or anxious because of? Please show me the people clamoring "cram in more shit where I live!
"Our challenge is to be smart and responsible with growth, guiding it to where we want it,"
Who is we? And where exactly do "we" want it?
"One idea, as suggested by architect Andres Duany, is to split the Board of Architectural Review into two boards — one to focus on alterations to historic structures and smaller buildings and one to focus on larger buildings."
And how will you define smaller vs. larger buildings? I actually think it should be split into three boards. The first two you mentioned, plus a third board consisting of Dwayne Greene and the mirrors he cries into every night.
High-end finishes are becoming the norm in these college apartments. Of course, when new grads, they wonder why they cannot afford same when paying rent themselves.
"Mat, I'd like to know if any of these candidates would be willing to invite Google to Charleston...."
Asking a major corporation here would not be municipal broadband. It would be corporate welfare.
That said, it's hard at this point to see how any municipal broadband operations work without at least some public money getting funneled to private ISPs. I'm sure it's possible, but I will admit I haven't studied that one out yet.
Also, I'm fairly certain that the City Paper (and possibly others) in town went back in time and altered the course of history so that Ginny Deerin would be first in these articles. It's the only theory that fits all the facts I have conveniently arranged in a particular order.
Regarding order: Even if you placed the candidates randomly, there will be either a candidate, their operative, or a supporter who will claim that the placement is not in fact random at all, but you consciously placed certain candidates in certain spots.
I almost feel like the question was misleading? Europe is way ahead of us in everything, so asking what US city to emulate is odd to me. Anyway, at least Colorado was mentioned. However, none of the candidates got it right. /shrug
Re alphabetical order: Couldn't you post these like a snake draft? Start with Deerin once, then start with Washington the next?
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This round goes to Ginny Deerin. Any candidate who refuses money from the Beach Company is worth a closer look.
Has City Council even adopted the Charleston Green Plan, yet? Of course not. Because it's not been approved, the Planning Commission refuses to even suggest any of the recommendations to developers who request zoning changes. So, developers get rubber stamp permission to build denser communities and concentrate the pollution and runoff into our waterways.
The fecal coliform levels in the Ashley River make it unsuitable for recreation but let's not expect the thousands of new units being developed to adhere to the Green Plan. Let them dump their stormwater in the Ashley! Brilliant!
A rational government might only re-zone for greater density in exchange for stricter green development.
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