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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.
Georgetown is a port that would KILL for the kind of business that would come with a busy cruise terminal, if Charleston's "too good" for such riff-raff. Send it on up. Would do another area of the state some good.
Maura: Thank you for your well thought out comments to my article. I've been on The Fantasy 5 times. And, since you've brought that inaccurate assumption that I'm too big of a snob to go on the Fantasy, I am not. However, you did a glowing portrayal of just how wonderful Charleston is. And, frankly, I'm embarrassed that you would not connect my sentiments as being directed at the fact that we have the worst ship in their fleet docked in the Best City for Tourism in America because we can't get our act together and attract more classy ships. Your arguments, while well presented and thoughtful, proved my points exactly. Thanks!
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.
"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".
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.
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.
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