I'm from CT as well & totally agree with Erin. I was floored early on when a black woman held open a door for me & greeted me good morning!
I was quite upset when I first read this article. I attacked the author personally, which I apologize for.
Quite the bitter article. We moved here from CT. If you wanna REALLY see unfriendly, visit there. Charleston (Mount Pleasant areas), are very friendly, no place is a perfect uptopia, but coming from the Northeast, NYC regions... People don't even make eye contact there and the cashiers don't even look at you, let alone say hello. Since we have arrived in SC, we have had conversations in local shops, nice small talk at check out lines, people DEFINITELY smile more and are much more patient and the schools are phenomenal. It's perspective, and it sounds like the author of this article may have lost that a bit. No matter where you live, it's your appreciation and perspectives that make it "home". Sounds like you may need to spend time in an actual under served area to really appreciate the charm, albeit not perfection, of Charleston and it's surrounding areas.
nice? yes. livable? not always.
THE TITLE OF YOUR ARTICLE gives everyone a perfect picture of a LACK OF CLASS that you have.
Who would want to know your opinion anyway?
Clean up your mouth and maybe someone would.
If you dont like charleston the stay away no one asked you to come here and the woman about the schools i bet were she lives i can say a few things also. Every town a d city has its faults and yes they work on them but people like this dont need to exist. They neex to worry about they own place of living and fix there marriages and put better congressmen in office. Stupid cant be fixed and to say something like that is asinine. This really showed the ignorance of these people.
I'm a Charleston native. Your article is 100% true. Thank you for writing it.
yea, seriously, you negative commenters are proving her point. you people here in charleston with money are only nice to tourists, not the working class. she is spot on! It is a designation that does not really hold up in reality, only in select situations.
Hahaha, it seems all the positive comments on this fabulous perspective have been with the shared links to the story on Facebook! So, here I am to deliver a little perspective of my own, regarding the comments people have wasted all of our time with here.
Number one, most of YOU are the ones she's talking about. Number two, she is not criticizing or "smack-talking" our city, but pointing out the places where we AREN'T living up to our endless sales-pitches. If you think she's the problem, it's most likely you are. Stop being so ego-driven and immaturely hyper-sensitive. Stop taking everything so freakin' personally. OPEN YOUR EYES.
Wow her telling the truth of her experiences is really hurting some of yall's feelings. Every place has problems don't take how she feels so seriously it's not going to stop thousands of more people from moving here I assure you.
Summary of article: "A tourist magazine poll said something about Charleston - NOW LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY UNRELATED SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES!"
I am loving all the folks commenting against the very valid points of this writer. I speak as someone who agrees with most of what she says. I am loving the whole, "you can leave" argument. Hilarious. You folks sure are making the case for being "Friendly" LOL.
This article says nothing -- nothing to denounce the proclamation of friendliest city. Yes, Charleston is dealing with the same issues all urban areas have to deal with -- but with Riley-Tecklinburg we are doing it better than most, and certainly with much more transparency. What are you really trying to say????
She has pointed out many points in this article. It's sad that most people who do work downtown do not live there or was forced out due to not being able to afford to live there. But that only goes to show you the people who made Charleston so beautiful no longer stay there and this city has taken an a plastic look. Sometimes I go Mt.Pleasant and the people there are so Uppity not all but a majority. Dwntwn is now a boozers paradise, lol with some great food.Charleston is not all its cracked up to be. Ijs
another professional martyr pleads her case
Yeah.. I'm just glad I'm me and not.... Well (you know) unhappy. I love Charleston.
Really, people. Re-read the article. Stephanie is just telling the underbelly truth. And for you who have left and pine to come back, please do! If you can afford a $500,000 home or $1500 rent, or 2+ hours of traffic at the beginning and end of each day. My lovely city ( I moved her 31 years ago) has indeed changed and not for the better. And unfortunately, like most other things, follow the money, follow the money.
Thanks for opening my eyes. I'll never again be able to marvel at the architecture, enjoy seeing another dolphin in our harbor, savor a wonderful local meal or enjoy speaking with a fellow Lowcountry resident, after reminding me about all the bad things around us. Could it be that hatemonger candidate has something to do with it? You must be a wonderful parent pointing out all the bullshit going on in the world. Maybe instead of pointing it out, you can do something to fix it. Oh, I worked for the family who owns Conde Nast. I'll let them know we say "hey" down here. Hope it doesn't jeopardize our ranking!
I-95 goes both north and south. Use it...opps was that unfriendly?
I lived in Charleston. It was challenging to work in the city, to get there, and pay was not ever a living wage, but other than the slave driven mentality of my employers it was very "friendly" but not authentic kindness. People do have a formality of friendliness, but not truly caring. As a result I TRY to be kinder, more patient, and generous. However there is so much I love about Charleston seeing people being civil and polite, if not authentic is the least of it's problems. I can only be the change I would like to see.
(According to Conde Nast, "friendliest" cities are those that are easily navigable and where locals say hello and are quick to offer tourists directions.)
Oh man! Obviously Conde Nast didn't go to Iowa cuz we would've won :-)
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