Good written article, but you're all exaggerating. This is what it's like to live in a desirable city, for whatever reason that it may be desirable. Growth creates other issues and growth is inevitable because of things like the internet that make viewing other POSSIBILITIES aside from a "Rust Belt" or "Ice Pack" more interesting. The tech age allows for this and if you trade spaces with someone from Philadelphia, you're going to think of it even worse and the Philladelphian the opposite. If you want small down, go live in Georgetown. People have trouble getting bridges fixed and roads built just the same in Pennsylvania or NY. Heck, in Western NY, bridges are crumbling onto cars. Stop it with the bubble-bashing. Embrace it. Learn that your commute is now 30 instead of 20 minutes. Deal with it.
And to people bashing the Jasper project, shove it. You don't get to decide what a developer can do outside of the master zoning plan for a community. Maybe show up to the meetings 10 years ago and complain before whining about it 15 years later.
LOL assigning party politics to our local government.
In the lowcountry there are developers, and everyone else--and our local governing bodies are inundated with developers that care not for anyone else's opinion.
Sonia Faye, not sure if you know it, but Charleston has been under Democrat government for the last 40 years, so you can stop blaming everything on the other party. They are the ones allowing the growth in Charleston, your party.
Where's the insight here people? Say? Tell us something we don't know. Do not give this article esteem. Expect more from a columnist called Mat Catastrophe.
Use that 'PRESS' badge. This is a News+Opinion piece...what is your opinion? That this article was even posted and then heralded by the community shows that we have a lack accountability to our city as its citizens.
Mat Cat, man, do better. I think you can. Or CP, let this guy write what he really wants. It's a waste of your platform in the community to publish something like this. Take a chance, or you'll be just another entertaining/cutesy blurbist...talk about saturation.
Sonia Faye says "Transplants change the character of the places they migrate too and turn them into the same cesspools that they escaped from in the first place. You come here for low taxes. Infrastructure increases taxes. Which do you want? Low taxes or infrastructure? Can't have it both ways."
This transplant didn't come here for low taxes - I came from Massachusetts - NOT a cesspool BTW - to escape winter snow and cold - period. I'd be happy to pay more in taxes to make infrastructure improvements and while I'm at it I'll throw in some extra for better schools.
All of you idiots wanted it and ypu got it. Boeing put the quality of life in Charleston into the grave and Volvo is going to shovel the dirt on top to fill tbe hole.
Too late to start crying now...
check the local highways. at times of the day the traffic is >20-30% container trucks. SC's plan? dredge the rivers so larger ships can load an unload. All while they enjoy the nation's lowest gas prices. it's not LACK of focus, it's no focus whatsoever. And as long as the Beach Company has a stranglehold on local development that's not going to change either.
Influx of new residence? Heck, Mayor Woolsey and his Town of James Island can't even come close to dealing with its obligations to its existing residence. Meanwhile he isn't he violating the promise he used to get elected by raising taxes. Why is lying to get elected not an ethics violation? Any fool can stay within budget if they can raise revenue by fiat. But while Woolsey is an economics professor, he doesn't seem to have a clue regarding the cost benefits of municiple services. That's if you could even call the Town a municipality. Essentially it is an oligarchy, run by upper class bureauracratic elitest that is not going bankrupt anytime soon. Except perhaps morally. Clearly its residents deserve better. That might happen if the Town would merge with the City of Charleston. But don't hold your breath on that one. It just makes too much sense.
Am I the only one who thinks we might be too late.
I feel like we have had the symptoms of this terrible cancer (rampant development /inadequate infrastructure) for years and we just ignored it. Now we are really sick and hoping radical surgery or chemo is going to save us?
Ok, it might just help if we act quickly but the surgeons (elected officials) are going to have to go to committee to talk about it and during that time we will just get sicker and sicker.( more hotels more development approvals)
Then they will come with some diluted treatment plan and we will languish in a miserable state clinging to hope, adversely affected by the side effects (traffic ,overcrowding, increased taxes) with a greatly diminished quality of life.
All because we wanted to bask in the sun of being the number one city in the world without sunscreen.( Adequate infrastructure and planning).
What the hell in thirty tears they say an additional foot of seawater will start the healing process. Or maybe that deteriorating gas main Mat mentioned.
Hey Beaufort and Savannah you should really have that raised and irregular shaped bump looked at. Before it gets out of hand.
God bless all of us we knew not what we did.
Another Hugo or two: problem solved.
If you're hoping for a Manhattan Project-esque focus on infrastructure in the area, prepare to keep waiting.
GOP leadership will not loosen the purse strings for public transit or roads any time before Cola becomes beachfront property.
great article mat
Bike Lane's are needed because soon that will be the quicker option to get around town:(
CIACulinaryKid, we have excellent data on all these things. Political will to act on them is an entirely different matter.
"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." - Edward Abbey
Mat said: "if people move here to find a better life only to realize there isn't one, they are just as likely to move back to where they came from."
-- I certainly hope so! During the 70s and 80s in Charleston, we may not have had a booming economy but our quality of life was MUCH better!
I just read the entire article while sitting in a traffic jam on I-26. So, that really does bring this issue home. :(
I moved my family to Charleston a little over a year ago from a city in New Hampshire with a population of around 13k and a median income of 35k a year. I was an elected official for several years and learned the value of a top notch Director of public works and a strategic planner working side by side supported by a council who trusted the highly skilled people they hired and who themselves were competent and had foresight. The city went through a ten year long rebirth leading to national recognition for historic preservation..... and then it set out on a crash and burn path....it's almost finished self destructing despite having done many things right for a number of years. We really like Charleston....the city is pretty, there's so much to do and people are very welcoming. I moved as a career transfer in healthcare so I'm dedicated to the patients I serve. What makes me so incredibly perplexed is the complete absence of innovation. Charleston is a wonderful place but will indeed and very unfortunately experience difficult times if we don't look ahead. I say we because the most important thing I learned in public office is that a city's survival depends squarely on the people who live in it not on the backs of its elected officials. Get involved, really involved. Learn how the different boards work, attend meetings, weigh in especially on important topics having long term impact And don't get angry or dismayed if every decision doesn't go your way....you win some and you lose some. A city's people own its survival or its demise. Stay with it. My wish for Charleston is that we keep the beauty and charm and that we help our elected officials see the urgency of responsibly addressing the need for modernized infrastructure now rather than waiting until we have no choice. My wish is that our elected officials take time to find best practices which we can copy from. I spent several years in Portland Oregon where people and the city had similar charm....we could learn some things from Portland. I say we because I chose to call Charleston my new home, therefore I promise to give it my all...again.
As a snobbish native son of the Chuck I am now adding 2 more indeeds to Lee. Y'all quit visiting us Sonia and maybe we can find some parking spaces. Go on now, git.
"Has it occurred to any of you snobbish (and obvious non South Carolina native transplants), that Republicans don't want unsustainable growth?"
Yes, it has occurred to me.
I visited downtown Charleston yesterday. There is nowhere to park to patronize businesses. And there is no room for growth on the peninsula without destroying history and character of the place. Mt. Pleasant traffic is also a nightmare.
I visit during the week and during off season, and parking is still a disaster and TOO expensive. The congestion and outrageous price of a visit has caused me to change my travel destination in the future. Has it occurred to any of you snobbish (and obvious non South Carolina native transplants), that Republicans don't want unsustainable growth? Transplants change the character of the places they migrate too and turn them into the same cesspools that they escaped from in the first place. You come here for low taxes. Infrastructure increases taxes. Which do you want? Low taxes or infrastructure? Can't have it both ways.
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