Its not like James Island residents got any considerations 20 years ago when the City turned it over to high density developers. Why the people should expect or hope things will be different for them is beyond me.
Ever since LBJ, cities may qualify for help with the fast changes our urban areas suffer and succeed with.... much of this area was bulldozed during construction of I-26 ..... the issue of homelessness was dominated by religious panderings instead of real rights to live, eat, learn AND WORK.... I feel good about this CCP report and sad racists HERE pretend there is such a thing as REVERSE RACE BAITING... my friend Jack Hamilton hit the nail on the head... preserving Charleston history for tourism needs to move up THE NECK to reverse the invasion of the British over 24 decades ago.... when LIVING WAGES ARE ENACTED BY our Mayor FOR LIFE & Council, this area can thrive for all concerned... property values must only go up with wages up for the people living there @LarryAccomplish 843-926-1750 Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com
So far the only concerns addressed have been for those who can afford to buy a home or who own a business. The "people" in the neck are mostly poor people WHO RENT! The thing that all of the home owners and business owners do not seem to get (or care about) is that these people, the renters, know they will soon be displaced people, looking for housing in overpriced Charleston. When the neighborhood gets cleaned up, the rents double or turn into properties for sale that no renter can hope to afford. They get swept up with the trash and thrown out with it too. Finding anything to rent in Charleston for under a grand is a neat trick these days, for one person! Try that on minimum wage at one of the many service or hospitality jobs offered by these benevolent gentrifiers. The sweetness of Charleston is a fond memory of mine. It has been sold and is continuing to be sold to the highest bidder. If someone gave me a house there, I would sell it. I moved to another state where housing is half the price and wages are about the same, less population, less traffic, less crime . Somehow, I don't miss one thing about Charleston but maybe the She crab soup.
Why would anybody be angry if their home increases in value, through no work or investment of their own? That is a free increase of your net worth for christsake! If anybody can't pay 1% property tax, they would eventually be displaced anyways due to total neglect and decay of their home.
Somebody should run out and document the intangible "charm" of this community if they are so worried about losing something, so that we can emulate it in future times. Maybe in that iteration, they'll leave out the scary bodegas, erratic drivers trolling for whoknowswhat and honking/booming/roaring, weaving wrong-way cyclists, and decaying wood structures.
Race-schmace, the place sucks and needs improvement or something of interest. If it was historically a Irish/Polish (ect) working class community, would anybody say anything??
The existing community is going to have to realize what the blue bloods South of Broad never did, change cannot be avoided even in Charleston, time and the rest of the world don't stop. If you don't show up and plan, you get run over. All the old families who sold of their houses downtown which are now trophy homes for their occasionally visiting owners are a brutal monument to that reality. Charleston, black and white, has always believed it could resist the future. Generally the method for accomplishing this has been to ignore it. Hasn't been working. The future doesn't wait and it isn't obligated to show up on the terms we demand. In the past 30 years we've largely lost our beaches, waterfront property, historic neighborhoods, and entire sectors of local businesses. We've gained Walmart, tourism and real estate development largely focused on retired people. I assure everyone that the attitude of old Charleston, White and Black regarding all of this is exactly the same and is a problem separate from, but connected to racism and class division. I miss the old Charleston as well, but we'll be road kill unless we build something vital, local, smart and fast at our urban core.
It is really sad when a negative light is cast on healthy, community oriented business that has been established int he downtown area for over 16 years. When the Montessori school moved into the building on Simons Street it had to be rehabilitated and renovated. The building was left is such disrepair and the church that provided the building to head start was left without tenants that our move was welcomed by the neighborhood. The school has a very harmonious relationship with the neighbors and the church. They welcomed us so that we could continue our work with children and enhance the neighborhood. We look forward to continue building relationships in the community.
There are people who don't use the internet?
Critical to the dialog is the question, "Do current residents want things to change?" The answer might be that the types of change desired are infrastructure (benches, buses, and parks or sidewalks) to create a more livable community. Most residents probably don't want to see an artists' studio going into the house next door and arugula being grown by the sidewalk. There has been desire for a long time to identify an affordable community and use the arts and placemaking to create a vibrant arts driven area. John Knott wanted to do this with his project at the old Navy base, but that never happened. But he did go to the local churches, barbershops and sweet shops to meet and talk with people. Back when I led a 3 county wide long-range planning process for the arts, we went to churches, kindergartens, day cares and barbershops to engage people. If EP has not put feet on the ground to walk the neighborhood and shake hands, then they have not created trust. Local residents will not come out if there is no trust in what is happening or if they believe they are being asked to be token reps from the neighborhood. Does EP know the local influencers? Obviously they have not realized the importance of connecting with the circles locally. A few notices, or emailed invitations are great but won't connect with the Aunties who live in the Neck and aren't using the Internet.
Yes, I agree that the focus should be on making improvement that bring tangible ROI and just superficial cosmetics. But more innovative transit amenities would be used by all.
FWIW, I love arugula.
And I'm not ashamed!
Wouldn't a good idea be to assist locals in developing business plans and getting loans to start a business? Nicer bus stops just don't seem to be to the point.
Why doesn't CSoL merge with them?
Bravo, Mr. Movie Maestro, Bravo! Interesting that inorder to post this comment-the security word I had to type was OSPREY.
1600 Meeting Street is a certified grade A piece of junk. It can't anchor anything.
The process is inherently fragile and awkward because of all the socioeconomic disparity and simply different life experiences of those involved.
I don't like framing it as one side against the other, that sets up a needlessly antagonistic false facade.
It's incumbent for all participants to reach out of their respective comfort zones to bridge the difference.
An uphill goal...but it would be refreshingly novel to break out of the tired gentrification stereotype: Prius hordes drive out longtime minority residents leaving gourmet donut, artisanal pretzel,arugula aftershock in their wake.
Don't need Williamsburg above the Crosstown.
( Might be too late? Hope not)
So it's great that EP's events have been free and public. And hopefully having a representative of the original residents in the discussion will encourage " buy in" from long timers.
A mix of transport, walkability,civic improvements along with indie and art installations would be boon for all, not just one segment.
Just an fyi...Head Start was removed from the building that is now the Sundrops Montessori campus a year before they (Sundrops) secured and renovated it for the Palmetto campus school.
One helluva stand up artist and person.
Gentrification increases property values for everyone in the area, and increases the net wealth of the community. Property tax issue is overblown given the caps on reassessment. Guaranty the author of this article doesn't know what I'm talking about.
It is interesting to note that CCP has their office in the Neck. CCP is also staffed by primarily (maybe totally) white people. Are they guilty of the things this articles describes?
Great race baiting , yet again CP. Seems this sort of thing is y'all's bag lately huh? White man taking black mans land, forcing the white culture on these poor and disenfranchised folk.
I predict this thread will be full of rational and intelligent discussion.
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