hahaha thats a great question. editor?
With 2 degrees in architecture, it is disappointing that the author hasn't looked more deeply into the construction methods and design of this proposal. She might be surprised by what isn't so obvious from the renderings...
'homogenization, abstraction, and standardization' is not quite how I would think one would describe curving structural concrete walls? It seems like this author is describing the bland Neo-colonial type buildings of the last couple decades seen all over the country. These buildings have been a disservice to the quality of historic structures in our city, and a blight on the perception of contemporary design. These ugly ducklings bring nothing to the conversation in terms of design style or sustainability, and are in sharp contrast to this proposal. A quick glance across George St in the picture above shows a building that is a more deserving recipient of this article; oddly enough it would have a smoother ride through the BAR and public discourse if built today.
Unfortunately this article reads more like a rant then a sensical discussion of the proposed project. Even her descriptions of her education credentials seem contrived.
lol - why did your other posts get removed?
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.
Of course Scratch could not possibly be worse than Taco Boy...or could it? Nah, there is no doubt...it couldn't. Not sure why there was even a pause.
"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...
I make a great living creating pretty pictures too.
Don't fall into their stereotype.
"In any art form or field, and perhaps ESPECIALLY in architecture, it makes no sense to rule out or shun any approach."
Yet that's exactly what the author does. The hubris and zealotry in this opinion piece has had me equally riled and laughing the last day. It's the stuff usually reserved for politicians. That's just my opinion, though, I don't pretend to speak for my generation.
In the heated days of the cold war, Russia reportedly order condoms from an American firm, stipulating they all had to be at least 12 inches long. The firm happily obliged, and stamped all the packages "SMALL".
$30? Whose going to perform, Little Big Town and Shovels & Rope?
Just what Mount Pleasant needs, another place that sucks...and sucks even more as time goes by. There are so many places that suck now around here that it would be difficult to decide which one sucks the most. Forget phoney places like Poe's and Scratch, try Three Matadors West of the Ashley if you want a good taco at a reasonable price.
Especially considering that today's lunch special at Raul's Maya del Sol is 3 lengua tacos + a beverage for $10, the $5 tacos with less than quality ingredients and consistently slow service time is a painful insult.
I agree Jesse, Bacco and CPH are awesome!
artrogue - the alternatives you bring up are not viable to liberals because they do not require the expansion and deep involvement in the system by the government. Remember their ultimate goal is to get to government run healthcare so we can have a shitty system like Canada and England where you get to wait months to do anything. Also, you have to remember that if an idea is not from the liberal perspective liberals do not consider it to be a valid solution. Liberals are open minded people, as long as you agree with them and don't bring up the fact that they are usually wrong about almost everything. Except writing songs and making pretty pictures, they are generally pretty good at that.
It seems to me that two similar, yet separate, issues need to be addressed here. Yes, the issue of scale facing a restaurant that wants to continue the practice of sustainability is real. As the local movement grows, food trucks to fine dining will need a sustainable growing source. These business minded folks have the intelligence, funding, and resources to achieve that goal. I applaud LLF and GrowFood for their passion and commitment to programs that promote local, healthy food. In conjunction with these wonderful organizations, I have no doubt that South Carolina can be a model of how to achieve a local, sustainable, restaurant industry.
The other issue is cost. While a sustainable restaurant industry will benefit from larger and/or more local farming options, I believe a sustainable food source for low-income families can be developed at a community level. Urban areas and food deserts need more urban farmers to provide inexpensive milk, eggs, produce and even chicken for corner stores. Poor rural areas need an outpost for local farmers to sell their goods. Programs that promote this type of community farming would have a beneficial health and economic impact.
Finally, there is no better place to begin building a sustainable, healthy, connected food community than in our schools. If we want to promote sustainability, healthy eating, locally sourced food, and opportunity, starting young is a must. Imagine the health and cost benefit of a school sourcing a mere quarter of its own food. Programs that mentor children in producing and cooking local foods will plant a seed that could produce our next generation of farmers and chefs.
That doesn't make your analogy work any better.
The hyperbole on all sides is entertaining. $9 million in health issues a year for Charleston residents? Ok. $37 million in revenue yearly from "the cruise industry" for "Charleston's economy." Ok. Prove both.
(However, it's cute how health issues only pertain to an infrequent cruise ship stop over, and not the port's busy activity)
Knick knack purveyors vs South of Broad blue bloods. Small town drama.
Also, explain this, "Welcome to Charleston, home of the No. 1 tourist destination in America." #1 in what regard, exactly? Due to an online reader's poll from the same magazine that miraculously listed Fiery Ron's Home Team Barbecue as the best ribs in the nation? Someone's hired the same kick ass PR firm stuffing ballot boxes.
Speaking of automobile congestion, which pollutes more, cruise ship exhaust or exhaust from hundreds of automobiles if those same tourists came here by land?
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