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.
Great article. I wonder which neighborhood is going to be next? I am thinking about moving from DC to Charleston to be closer to my sister.
Daniel Atwill is a home owner / resident on the opposite side of the street, and hence, a different 'block'. We do share St Philip as a common boundary. I am on the block to the west, he on the east.
So, correct & accurate. I did not say on the 'street' as is being implied. I am the last on my block. Daniel's block has only 4 (I think).
Daniel is one of the very few with a family who have chosen to stay and make a stand for the livability & residential character of the East end of Elliotborough.
2 full city blocks and not even 1/2 dozen owner occupied homes....!
Great article but one major inaccuracy. It states that Maloney is the only owner occupied house on his block. There are at least 4-5 other owner occupied homes and buildings on this block including me.
While I like the safer feeling of the area - as late as 2006 there was a drugs-related murder on Morris - it's kind of sad to see so much of the character being lost.
Until last spring, there was a nice big park with hundred-year old oaks, a playground, and lots of space right in the middle of Elliotborough - now it's a bulldozed lot being turned into more housing.
As the rest of the civilized world turns to safer bike routes and adding more green space, Charleston is adding new boutique hotels, office space, and housing at a record rate. Way to go, Charleston - you're entering the 90's with all four feet on the ground...
Parks not Parking Garages!
D Alessandro's pizza sucks now....
Nice ute, mate.
Hey Cuz... miss seeing you at the $
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