First problem: to use Kwadjo Campbell as a reliable source shows that either you haven't been here long enough to see how he works, or you're not interested in the integrity of your column.
Second: You quote Mr. Watson about the loss of wealth in ownership caused by gentrification. Well, then you're saying that Blacks owned the properties but chose to sell out their neighborhood themselves by taking advantage of the market's increase in the value of their homes. So are you saying that the developers held a gun on these people and forced them to sell, or did these people sell their neighborhood for a profit?
Third: if you were to fact check with a more reliable source than Campbell, (maybe the College of Charleston preservation dept.) you would find that Mr. Watson's facts were not quite straight. A majority of the properties were rentals, owned by middle class people and rented to the poor. So there was little ownership of property lost although the neighborhood itself was dramatically changed.
While I agree with the tone of your column, the "facts" you use in support shows either gullibility or lazy reporting.
I think the difference is that we’re talking about taking care of creatures that are already living. People do horrible things to unwanted cats and dogs. The reality is that animals are suffering because their human owners aren’t getting them spayed and neutered and are just dumping or killing unwanted pets. Abortion is a totally different subject. I understand both sides of the argument but this article is about animal welfare, not about abortion. I believe a more apt comparison would be likening animal welfare issues the problems that affect the underrepresented in our society, namely children (the ones who are already very much alive), the elderly and the poor. Many people (including me) feel that, as an affluent society, we must address the problems affecting a relatively powerless group of people. This includes animals.
As much as I might dislike the idea of abortion, the issue with placing laws on a woman that restrict her access to an abortion (at an appropriately early stage) is an issue of control. In countries where women have reproductive freedom and control over their terms of reproduction, they are much more likely to be educated and work. In fact, a very important step in eradicating poverty is to allow women access to birth control and family planning methods. Again, while I might personally see abortion as being wrong, I think that the need for women to have the option is important.
I like where you're going with this Mr. Bates. What if the mother kitty chooses to kill one of her babies because they may not have a good quality of life? ...Or it's a runt? .....Or it cannot afford to feed it? ....Or the mommy cat wanted a boy not a girl? That's the pro-choice argument right? I don't think we should kill animals just like I think we should not kill humans. It baffels me why this story gets so much news attention while the fact remains that over 3,000 murdered children per year go unreported. I'm glad we are protecting animals, but lets put some priorities in order.
I've already heard that Beach Co plans to close off one street and divert traffic through Gadsdon Street next to the public playground, so they can add more water front property at the neighbor's expense. I guess this is just another kick in the teeth for long time residents, so the Beach Co can make out like bandits. Canceling the last meeting doesn't give me any confidence that the City will do the right thing. My family has a small town house adjacet to the park and I've seen all kinds of wildlife, such as turtles crawling under the gate and osprey. Now it will be a giant parking garage with all the traffic re routed down quiet resedential streets.
@RedheadinDixie...you should actually take the time and attempt to take an unbiased look at rent control. It doesn't work on so many levels. Charleston is experiencing economic growth which is a good thing. Things change and people move for one reason or another. Unfortunately gentrification happens, however it is not neccessarily a bad thing accross the board. You talk about the indigenous population??? Does indigenous mean people who have been living in a city longer than the next peroson? Last time I checked whites and blacks weren't indigenous to SC.
One issue you failed to address in your article is that CAS takes in every animal that is brought to the facility. This is one of the unique challenges for CAS that other shelters in the community do not face.
Why Chas. hasn't gone to controlled rents, I don't know. Mayor Riley likes to brag what a great "city planner" he is, but all he has done in his incredibly long tenure as mayor is throw a few jobs to the AFs, for their vote, while systematically selling Chas., inch by inch, to the highest bidder.
Yeah, I encountered this in Atlanta in spades. The young and affluent move in, make their fortunes, then leave many of them when older ('cause who the heck wants to DIE in Atlanta?). When they leave (happening now with the boomers) they take their money with them.
I told Atlanta transplants to get involved in the community (I did), but they really just identify with their hometowns, wherever they are. They lack imagination and caring and a sense of community. No, right now the young and not so young, the affluent are moving to Chas. in droves for the "ambience" but could care less about sustaining the community, the indigenous culture, in any measurable way.
THEY are, therefore, imo ruining the city. So my message to those reading this who fit that description is: If you love SC, GIVE BACK. Don't speculate in real estate, buy local, protect the environment (google the Ace Basin for example) and have some respect. Give a dam* about the local, less privileged kids. Give a dam* about the real, albeit fleeting, Charleston, not just your condo and perfect little life on the IOP.
Don't worry, in about 30 years, you will probably see another version of "white flight" and these neighborhoods will be left to crumble again.
The Beach Company Bailout - TIF perversion will divert 63 million from Charleston Public Schools, but that's OK. Charleston schools are predominantly black and low income, so the damage will be limited to those who don't particularly matter. Seems the vestiges of Thee Olde South aren't just the preserved plantations.
It seems amazing to me that we can try to go for a "no kill community" with regards to animals...yet, we have an abortion clinic here in Charleston that kills over 3,000 babies a year. Why don't we try for making Charleston a no kill community that extends to the human race as well.
If Jenny Sanford hadn't let herself go... Then Gov Sanford would not have had to "outsource" their martial relations to Argentina! She's a typical lazy "entitled" and unmotivated (wink, wink) US worker!
Besides, Sanford respects our Tea Party Patriot values. He doesn't waste our hard earned tax dollars on trips to Argentina to "hook up" unless it's with some some hot latin poontang!
Question to my fellow Tea Party Patriots - when Mark's mistress gets preggers, is it an anchor baby? I think Mark is clear on the trespassing issue - it is his sons fault, he put his father in a very bad situation when he wanted to leave the Superbowl party early, apparently there is only "Television" in downtown Charleston.
Gentrification=less crime & improved quality of life
I think property taxes are a great evil, as are all taxes. I'm not for any sort of government controls to keep neighborhoods this way or that way. People should have private property rights and the freedom to live wherever they choose to live, given of course that they voluntarily pay for the property.
Dang, NF, you must not read much.
Wow. One of the most racist articles I have ever read.
Great article. I patronized your store while growing up in the area and on my travels to high school (CA Brown). Really enjoyed the words of wisdom that your mother always bestilled in us.
My family still own homes in the neighborhood (Alexander Street) and the comment you made about "treating thy neighbor as thyself" has been lost.
Hopefully neighbors might begin to care for one another again soon. And most importantly be a mentor to the kids in the neighborhood, like you and your mother did and are still doing.
Ron, while I agree that growth will happen, I think the City really needs to embrace SMART growth. To me, there is nothing smart about all of these proposed projects. What benefits do they offer the year-round residents of Charleston? How do they incorporate the actual wishes (and needs) of area citizens? Although increased revenues from more hotel taxes sound like a good idea, what (in terms of local character and values) are lost in return?
I might be more inclined to support these plans if the City actually cared about alternative transportation and constructed a safe network of bike paths/routes, especially since all of these hotels/apartments will bring more vehicles that we do not need on the already over-crowded streets. And if my wildest dreams came true, all this growth would help encourage the permanent closing King Street to traffic, so we can all enjoy a beautiful promenade from Cannon to Market that would truly highlight the best of Charleston (walking, local business/food, enjoying the outdoors, healthy living and traffic reduction).
Charleston: you're slowly but finally becoming a metropolitan city. Deal with it. There are a lot of problems that come with growth, but the same holds true for stagnation. The city will survive. It will still be full of good people and good things. Progress is inevitable, so either adapt or move to Walterboro.
Our Industry is one of a few(besides barbers, massage therapists and Doctors) that is licensed to touch the public. We are also licensed to help protect the public from contracting diseases and harmful viruses. We are required by state law to be actively using an EPA registered Hospital Grade Disinfectant. Do you really think that our licenses are worth the health and well being of the public? I think they are worth every penny I have spent in getting my education, continuing my education, furthering my education and worth educating others on the proper procedures that everyone should follow to protect themselves and the public. I have been in this industry for over 2 decades. I believe in helping others feel and look better. I also believe that those that want to be in this industry should be licensed and trained properly to do the best job possible. Taking away our licenses would only open a world of trouble for the public. If you do not have proper sanitation you are opening the problems of having untrained people doing services on clients that have no clue, or that don't care if they use dirty implements to do nails, skin or hair. Not to mention the chemicals that are involved. Most of the chemicals you have to have a license to purchase. I have many, many issues with this topic; I will fight with my fellow professionals in this state and others to protect our licenses.
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DO YOUR HOMEWORK CHARLESTON!!!
SKIP REVELLE HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY IN MOUNTIAN BROOK ALABAMA!!! DURING HIS 3 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL AT MOUNTAIN BROOK HE MOLESTED A LARGE GROUP OF BOYS IN A KARATE CLASS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. THIS HAPPENED ON NUMEROUS DOCUMENTED OCCASIONS. THE ONLY REASON IT EVER CAME OUT IS BECAUSE A MOTHER OF ONE OF THE BOYS REPORTED IT TO THE POLICE. HE NEVER WENT TO JAIL AND THE INCIDENT WAS SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. HE WAS ALLOWED TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AT MT. BROOK AS LONG AS HE HAD AN ADMINISTRATOR WITH HIM AT ALL TIMES. I WAS IN HIS GRADE GROWING UP AND REMEMBER HOW NOBDODY TALKED ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH AN AFFLUENT NEIGHBOORHOOD. HE WAS ON 24 HOUR MONITORING OUR SENIOR YEAR!!!!!! I KNOW ONE OF THE BOYS THAT WAS MOLESTED, HE WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT THE TIME AND SKIP WAS A JUNIOR OR SENIOR. THERE WERE NEVER ANY WRITE UPS IN THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS ABOUT IT, BUT SCHOOL OFFICIALS AT MOUNTAIN BROOK FROM 1995-1998 KNOW ALL ABOUT IT. HE WAS FORCED TO HAVE A CHAPORONE ALL YEAR, EVERYWHERE HE WENT.
HE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO PRISON THEN BUT MADE A DEAL (I THINK THAT HE HAD ALLREADY BEEN ACCEPTED TO CITIDEL)-OR MAYBE THATS ONE REASON HE WENT. ALMOST EVERY PERSON IN OUR CLASS KNEW WHAT HAPPENED, A FEW HAD BROTHERS IN THE KARATE CLASS. EVERYONE AT MOUNTAIN BROOK KNEW THAT HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE GAY...HOWEVER, HE DID A VERY GOOD JOB HIDING THE FACT.
ITS VERY SAD THAT THESE INCIDENTS WERE NOT DOCUMENTED BECAUSE HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO TEACH OR BE AROUND CHILDREN. THIS STARTED MUCH EARLIER THAN PEOPLE THINK AND HE FORGOT TO MENTION THIS INCIDENT TO THE COUNSELOR THAT SPENT 50 HOURS WITH HIM.
THIS JUDGE SHOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE FACT THAT HE HAS MOLESTED LARGE GROUPS OF YOUNG BOYS BEFORE!!!!!
DEAR JUDGE: THIS HAS ALL HAPPENED BEFORE!!!
GIVE HIIM LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE KIDS SAKE!!!!!
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