Rodney Williams was not the Director of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. He was the Family Services Director who qualified families. He also did not work there for 15 years. This is a huge lie!!! I can't believe Rodney would fabricate such a resume to be elected to City Council.
Fran Clasby doesn't understand the concept of representative government. His neighborhood association voted to oppose the Hampton Park bikelane; he personally got up a petition in favor, then he reminded city council he was the neighborhood assoc president when he presented the petition.
""When you look at it from that perspective, it's clear that it's not just random."
I don't think we can say definitively that this is true or not. That is coming from someone that lives in the scientific world. That doesn't meant parts of it weren't random. It also doesn't mean there has to be a single god that created everything. It could be an advanced alien civilization sending the right comet in the right direction. There are a lot of unknowns in the theories around creation of life. We are just starting to get a good idea of how it can start from simple molecules. We will probably spend another 1000 years researching exacty what happened. Hopefully we don't destroy ourselves before we get some real answers.
"there would be no need for organized religion."
There is still a need. It gives some people hope (I do not include myself here), and helps carry them through the hard times. Don't get me wrong, I despise organized religion and the bigotry that comes from it. However, if religion could evolve, just like every living thing on this earth, then it may not create so much hatred and anger.
"When you look at it from that perspective, it's clear that it's not just random."
If organized religion thought like him, there would be no need for organized religion.
The comments about most under 30 being willing to uninsured is disheartening. So far, in my experience, alot of young folks are at least interested, however the healthcare.gov website woes aren't helping things. Regardless of your politics, we need young people to participate to make the risk pools work. The "opt out" campaign mentioned in the article is terribly irresponsible. Apparently some on the right fail to realize that if the insurance companies get put out of business, they will indeed have the government running their healthcare!
It's hard to believe all these architects and BAR are in such an uproar and can't come up with a plan for a school of architecture based in Charleston. All we read about is incompetence and people who don't take responsibility for anything.
Citadel Mall's tenant mix should not be defined by the neighborhood directly across from it. The fact remains that Citadel Mall could, does and has always drawn from ALL parts of the tri-county, including the more affluent areas of Kiawah & Seabrook Islands. The mall has the largest Belk & Dillard's stores in the area and is the only mall with 6 anchors and an IMAX. The core elements are already in place. With some targeted marketing, a new name and image and the right stores in place, Citadel Mall could be an extremely successful property. West Ashley residents also have buying power. The median income of West Ashley's population isn't at poverty level. The problem with Citadel Mall is its image and lack of appealing stores. Remodel, renovate, and bring in merchants that people want and the mall will definitely come back bigger and better than it was when it was new.
Sorry, try clicking this link to see cosmetic changes to front of CSA. Can someone delete the link above as it didn't work. thanks
Some cosmetic modifications to the front of the building. Click on the Photobuck link as we can't post images here.
It's common for the BAR to require additional design changes for new buildings. In recent months much bigger projects go through the process of altering and improving the appearance. The only reason this got so far is all the architects and landscape designers who wanted to get some work, and act like this is the first modern or contemporary building that has ever gone though the BAR in the city, when all of the others that are much bigger, have all made changes, which was a productive process. The locals pushing this extreme design are the ones who have been completely unreasonable, recalcitrant, and have put the architect in an unnecessary embarrassing situation. Any architect should be willing to cooperate with the long established standards of the design process or shouldn't take the job.
For the front some minor changes would be a huge improvement. Just adding a masonry knee wall at the very bottom of each of floors and a solid masonry strip at the top of each floor would add much needed continuity. Leave the middle cube with the open outdoor area alone, no knee wall needed there, or on the street level. The side of the building needs to be redone. All the honey comb holes will fill up with dirt from the street, and mold mold will grow in the dark crevices. There are much better examples of contemporary buildings, such as the new C of C library and Stern Center that contribute style and elegance to the city's architecture. There is nothing historical about them, and have huge bays of windows, just like the CSA building. With some minor changes this could also be a great asset. As it is now it's a shame that the appearance is a radical departure from everything else. The fact that so many BAR board members recused themslves at the last minute is a clear demonstration of the conflict of interest. Why is it such a problem for a world renowned architect to provide some alternatives for minor improvements to the appearance? Otherwise it's a shame that a building with this much wonderful bays of glass and open spaces, and nice contemporary design, is being ruined by all the exterior junk that makes it look like a giant air conditioner unit.
I have long waited for malls to go the way of downtowns (in the 70s and 80s) so I could take one over and turn it into some sort of dystopian LaserTag Thunderdome or something.
You could have a nice little kibbutz based on glitter and fried food if you took over a mall. Sure beats working for The Man....
I'd consider voting for a lot of people vs McConnell, but a Nikki Haley Crony is not one of them.
IKEA will bring them all to the yard. Not at all a bad suggestion Mr. Puke.
I only have need to patronize Target and go to the movies. And have never felt unsafe in either place.
Citadel Mall is worn out but not a lost cause with some TLC. And readaptive infill development of the asphalt parking desert it could be brought back to life.
Empty parking lot acreage is a major problem throughout WA.
Another example being the wasteland next to IHOP on Svh Hwy. All that space just sitting there for nothing.
I love West Ashleys lack of pretension, snobbery and sociocultural diversity.
Am glad the city is starting to pay attention to its redheaded stepchild again.
I agree with bettering the mall. The Citadel Mall has chosen to break away from the status quo, ignoring the demands of the market and instead filling vacant space with stores and kiosks that sell things that there simply isn't a high demand for. Cell phone case kiosks, for example. I would not waste the time to park the car and walk through the mall just to buy a cell phone case. My time would be much better spent ordering one online, or on my cell. However, if you put in a Francesca's Boutique or a cute home accessory store, a Starbucks, a forever 21, urban outfitters, Macy's or an H&M (lord knows we need one!!!). A better selection of stores would entice me to go to the mall, and then when I got there, I may be persuaded to buy a cell phone case or something on the side.
This is where the mall fails. There are very few if any name brand stores in the mall. Not saying that labels are everything, but having them around boosts your business greatly. If I'm reading the store directory online and see places like Authentiks, Fun Wear, Harmony Rose, Jimmy Jazz, and Treasure, I'm not really motivated to go to the mall because I don't know what any of those places are. Now, I support the local shop owner, but you HAVE TO HAVE those mainstream and big name brands in order to attract people because nobody is coming for your product alone. They may swing in on the way, but you've got to give them a reason to go there, and Lola's Handbags isn't gonna do it.
To that extent.... HOWEVER, I understand that the mall does have some pretty good stores. New York & Co. American Eagle, Express, are all great name brands, but the next area that the Citadel Mall has failed in is establishing a demographic. Who's your target customer? Age group? Income level? Style? Town Center does well because it built itself as an upscale shopping center that caters to people who have a little more money to spend. Yet, that's not all that they sell. You can go there without a ton of money and still be a happy bargain shopper. Same with Tanger. There's a Michael Koors, a Saks, a Lucky Brand, a Ralph Lauren, but there's also things that a broke college student like myself can afford, like Rue 21, Old Navy, etc.
Owners of the Citadel Mall have yet to establish a demographic and the if the one that they have is one that they're complaining about... seriously???? Flava cuts and other cheapskate stores? Yea.... those are great to have and they'll get business but please don't make that the center piece of your store. You complain about the type of clientele that you get but then again the products that you're selling are what attracts them directly. This is not a stereotypical statement, this is based on facts and statistics. The majority of the people in America that commit gun-related crimes are in poverty. Gang affiliation has a HUGE impact on this statistic, and the typical type of clothing found on drug dealers and gang members are things similar to what is sold in stores in the mall. So if you don't want that demographic of people, why target them by selling the very things that they want to buy? Why not sell things that would attract the demographic that you're trying to achieve. It's a costly endeavor. no doubt, convincing such brand names to open a store within the Citadel Mall and you'll have to attract a bunch of them not two or three because it's gonna take a complete turn around to change the situation the citadel mall has gotten itself in. If I put Gucci in a bad neighborhood it will go out of business, but if I change the neighborhood then I can change the dynamics of the business around it it.
This doesn't mean putting really expensive stores and weeding out people who can't afford the merchandise. There should be some of everything for everybody. But if your target group is well behaved, classy middle aged adults with bank accounts and money in them, then you need to direct your merchandise towards there wants and needs. The smaller kiosks, businesses, etc, will benefit from their being there. Follow fads... ie put a vegan or health food store (NOT SUBWAY) in the food court. The latest trend has been on healthy eating. I'm not a vegetarian by any means and I love a good steak, but it's hard for me to go near any of those fast food vendors because I don't want to eat the over-processed, over fattened, over salted food. Black Bean company is inexpensive and healthy, and the mall would benefit from having someone like there. Speaking of food... King Street Grill and Sesame? The only two restaurants you have are burger shops? Yawn... could you be any more diverse?
And my final rant, establish some sort of dress code!!! I can't take you seriously as the owner of a shop when you've got some loud multi-colored hat (unless you work in a hat shop), pants down to your knees, stains on your t-shirt, messy beards or hair, or any such thing. This is not the voice of an elder person who's not "with the times." This is the voice of a 22 year old student, who would prefer to conduct ANY MANNER OF BUSINESS with a person who speaks proper English, is respectful, and is wearing decent attire (a button down and slacks) that shows me that they put a little effort into getting ready for work and didn't just show up straight out of bed, or head into work after hanging out with their friends all day. I promise, if you were to install that demand, you'd lose alot of business, but what'd you gain would be well worth the loss.
So that is my page long rant. If you managed to get to the end of this, congrats because it was a lot to read through. But at the end of the day, if you the owner's of the citadel mall can't make it work, I'm all for opening an IKEA
Wow localhutch, I go there at night quite often and I've never had a problem. Same goes for the movie theater. It might not be ultra upscale but it's definitely not a dump.
Sorry, guys, but the area is a dump. I certainly would not go there at night. All the cockroaches have to do is scurry across the street to some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the area. And when you go on up towards the McConnel parkway, you travel through other areas that are just plain uncomfortable. Many years ago the theater became a hang out for the hood rats, and folks stopped going because they would break in line. And once you got inside, the same garbage would talk, use their phones, and make the entire experience not so fun. And management was scared to throw anyone out probably because they were scared. Citadel Mall is not on my list of places to shop.
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