How about a cute little grocery store right there? We need one on that side of town!
Oh, so wonderfully written! Thank you so much. It was such an honor to meet you, Mr. Lawrence. Jonathan says hello!!! :)
"Concrete floors and stainless steel appliances, designed to attract young professionals and college students..." We think it's sad that youth is so often equated with bad taste today. Please don’t count us in on that claim! "Trying to appeal to the youth" is often an excuse for bad standards and poor materials, and often plain lack of materials (e.g., "loft-style" ceilings usually means exposed ducts - hideous - but see the developers don't have to pay for covering them - some "feature"!). Why don't these developers try to raise standards instead of catering to undeveloped, unrefined teenage tastes?
And Golden Ratio (nice tag) - if you want more sustainable buildings, then more glass-and-steel "modern" buildings are the very last thing you ought to be promoting in this sub-tropical climate; look around - the traditionally-built buildings last the longest. We don't need greenhouses here; the glass-and-steel buildings need constant, year-round air-conditioning and are uninhabitable when the electricity goes out. To get an idea of what we mean, check out the new CofC Science Building on the corner of Calhoun and Coming - a South-facing glass box. Go inside. Try to make yourself comfortable.
Lower density, higher prices, less parking? F*cking genius.
I think an analogy is the best way to describe how flawed the current electronic system is.
Let's say that Microsoft Word is the Electronic Voting Machine.
And a hand written paper letter is the paper ballot method.
Suppose there is a small election of 200 votes and a hacker/theif manages to steal the copies of the votes. If he stole them electronically (Microsoft Word) by hacking it would be enticingly easy to be able to change, delete, or copy the information because locating where it is via computer is a simple as just typing the word and hitting the search button.
Now suppose the paper letters/votes are stolen by physical theft and now the theif has to read through each individual paper and look manually for the information he wants to change and somehow match each unique handwriting style from his own and making each piece of paper look as it hadn't been tampered with. This is a long, harsh, and tedious process that hardly can be done.
The average person and by average I mean most people aren't interested or educated into technology and software to a professional degree. Speaking as a person who has come to familiar terms with hacking and software, any type of electronically configured device can be tampered into much more conveintly with less of a trace compared to paper.
The "just fix them and change them so it's easier" idea comes from the same people who hit "I accept" instantly to an apps terms when installing it, rather than reading that they just accepted a flashlight app has permission to monitor your network history.
Can't wait for this piece of shit to come down.
The Beach Co. is in business to make a profit. Good for them. But allowing any sort of zoning that would allow them to make changes in that area, without knowing exactly what they would replace it with, is stupid. They are not concerned about who they force to move out and find affordable rent somewhere else (not downtown). I can guarantee any apartment they rent will be almost double what they pay now. Sure, a small percentage will be for those with limited income, but the majority will be out of towners who are looking for a fancy view and in close proximity to the city. Forget most students, nurses, etc... that work nearby. They will have to go up the peninsula to find housing. More cars...lots of cars....for the limited parking we have in that area. Look at the neck for future housing.
The article says "the structure has to be at least 25 feet tall but no less than 50 feet tall"
Do you mean 'at least 25 feet tall but no MORE than 50 feet tall?'
Building out instead of up is an absolute waste of an incredible opportunity. The way to prevent a city like Charleston from feeling more crowded is not sprawling, flatter buildings! Building up allows both residential volume AND use of the surrounding land, such as the nearby baseball field, playground, tennis courts, or even the simply open field adjacent to Lockwood/Broad, which gives the area a more spacious feeling. Not to mention, balcony views of Charleston and the water are incredible, but are sadly few and far between. Charleston's vibrant crowd of young professionals tend not to be millionaires (yet?), and as a student, I can attest to how difficult it is to find an apartment in a safe area, close to campus, with washer/dryer and dishwasher, and for less than $1,000/month per bedroom. A high rise is the only way to achieve such value; otherwise, it will be unaffordable, have a waiting list, or both (Bee Street Lofts). Ashley House is the only other high rise in the immediate area, and while many would consider it outdated (most units do not have W/D & DW), it remains 100 years more modern than the vast majority of other options its area. It blows my mind that it sounds like they've essentially ruled out the concept of building a tall, beautiful, modern, energy-efficient, building to replace an aging one - all in the name of flattening the skyline over affording a positive, attainable experience for the everyday residents who make this city so great. For the "mix of college students, MUSC nurses and interns, young urban professionals, and retirees" you mentioned who currently live there, a flatter development means more of those people would be forced to live elsewhere, which also notably could mean more cars on the road - especially for the first 3 on that list who currently are able to bike/walk to work/class on the peninsula if they move out to West Ashley, James Island, or Mount Pleasant - and I think we can all agree we'd rather have less of that. Efficient use of the land should be a priority - the building can be designed to enhance Charleston's beauty, no matter how tall it is.
The public domain is police responsibility. That's why we pay tax dollars. I agree that you do not want a bouncer mixing it up in the streets and in parking lots. If this law passes I foresee a bouncer being attacked in a dimly lit lot. Remember, they don't carry anything to protect themselves besides their fists (maybe pepper spray). Further, if a bouncer tells me to get off a sidewalk I'm not going to listen to him since he does not have the authority to move me from the public space. Employees are going to be hurt and business will be sued. This is dumb.
An old building which has done a lot of good service to the community. I've lived there and it shelters a remarkable, diverse community. Some of these group's determination to drive everyone but the rich out of the city is gradually destroying the living city which once existed here. Almost no children grow up downtown now. Fewer young people live there. We're going to be left with a city which is a luxury experience largely enjoyed by older people who have made their money elsewhere.
After 20 years of relentless damage, during which my family had to leave for Mount Pleasant, Charleston is incapable of understanding that the city a century of poverty could not destroy is being leveled by the rich. The city's cultural institutions are weaker. The once active civic life is a shadow of what it once was. Do we have cooler restaurants? Sure. Can we put on festivals full of tourists and the occupants of trophy houses? Certainly. Do people here still know and honor each other's stories? Children, the young and those who need to earn a living need a city. A city should be devoted to the people who need and love it. It is not a product to be marketed to the highest bidder. Charleston and the Lowcountry's incapacity to comprehend that is why our communities are being obliterated.
Having seen the last strong years of the downtown community, an economically diverse, racially mixed experience and gone on to help attempt to recreated community in I'On in Mount Pleasant, I do understand what is at stake here. It's incredibly hard to maintain today. It is far more important and special than how the places look or how much parking you have.
"I don't get the rest of you. You have no skin in this game, and the purpose of it is to preserve relative peace and tranquility in Charleston."
Have you never seen a fight between a bouncer and a drunk patron? These happen all the time, and most of this occurs because the bouncers have no authority. If a cop shows up, even the toughest alcohol fueled badboy will become timid and docile. This is bad for the businesses, as their employees will be involved in additional possibly violent scenarios, which lead to lawsuits. It is bad for for those of us that frequent the bars, since we have to deal with possible increased violence due to less policing. The only people that win are the city government officials, who get to pay less for police presence.
ohhh that hurt whats a matter need thicker glasses? can't read lowercase? maybe all caps would be better? your definition of True and mine r prob different.
seen one liberal democrat seen em all.
It isn't my fault you don't know the difference between Big Letter Words and their lower case companions.
I'd like to see studies that show how Charleston bar traffic has or has not reached or crossed some sort of percentage threshold where an uptick in violent/vandalism activities will begin to be more common and more egregious. Then I'd like to see how much it would cost us all to hire the equivalent level of professional policing.
I get the Libertarians view this is the literal end of the world. A city council enacting a law. "SlipperySlope!SlipperySlope!SlipperySlope!BigBrother!SlipperySlope!SlipperySlope!SlipperySlope!"
I get how business owners don't want to pay a new employee.
I don't get the rest of you. You have no skin in this game, and the purpose of it is to preserve relative peace and tranquility in Charleston. Preserve Charleston's brand as a gleaming, harmless tourist Mecca. Preserve a happy, clean, healthy Charleston for natives to enjoy. Preserve businesses' security to continue to grow and prosper unabated. It's a proactive move to preserve what we enjoy.
Folly Beach wishes they'd thought of it.
blahaahahahhahahahah... true democrats hate it. omg tell me some more..
best joke i heard all day. hahahaa snort.
As systems become larger, they become unmanageable.
True libertarians would know that.
True republicans count on it.
True democrats hate it.
We have a useless photo ID law that was created to intimidate minority voters and fully gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts to insure the power of the Republican party. We even have Mark Sanfraud as one of our Congressmen.
Does SC really need to prove to America once again that we are the stupidest state in the country?
Every one forgets that it was the paper ballots in Florida that caused the nation to have to wait for months to know who was President. They never were able to count them all. This is a ridicuous idea. Do you have any idea what two million ballots look like all stacked up in warehouses or how easy it is to make a few of those stack disappear? Stop being afraid of technology
This is a good way to insure election fraud. If there are issues with the electronic machines figure them out and fix them. Just like letting people vote without an ID this is supported by people who do not care about vote fraud.
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