"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.
The bier card was a golden opportunity to set BSB apart from the pool of comparable establishments. If anything, that should have been focused on for success only. Otherwise when you come down to saying that outside of the bier card, you are just like everywhere else, that really hurts in promoting your brand. If you are just like everywhere else, why don't I just go everywhere else?
I will cut some slack on the servers and their lack of knowledge since that takes time for most new places to overcome. I may try BSB again in a couple of months to see if they have improved. But if they are either no different or if what makes them different is not better, then I don't expect this to be a true and successful biergarten for the many in Charleston who are well-versed in beer.
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.
Maybe not a relevant review...I went within a year of opening. Limited menu & pricey...not a bad thing, but small portions. Drink orders move like a herd of turtles. Service was questionable...Server would walk past table after initial drink order without further inquiry, refill on water or refresh bread basket. It's a small place so when a server ignores you it makes for an uncomfortable situation. Neither myself nor my wife have been compelled to return...and we live 2 blocks away.
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?
My favorite healthcare plan put forward by Republicans is the Heritage Foundation's own Affordable Care Act. You call it ObamaCare, artie.
How many glossy local magazines are there now foisting an image of a romantic, cultured, aristocratic south born out of the gauzy imaginings of teen-aged wanna-be belles and imagined country-clubbing trust-funded huntsman/capitalists? And then there are the hipster douche green/food mags. I imagine there are... 6 to 12 successful monthly/quarterly magazines here in Charleston about: Food, "southern culture," food, weddings, clothes, weddings, "southern architecture," food, and how kick ass it is to wealthy and white in the South.
It's this veneer of fantasy that is sold to housewives in Atlanta and wealthy vacationers nationwide as how life is here.
There's a thirsty market for it. At some point, however, we'll all tire of learning of the new douche bag bartender and his forearm tats on King Street or in Asheville harvesting his own ginger for his take on a turn of the century drink no one wants.
BTW... "In a country where a common economic criticism is that we no longer make anything, a media outlet is actively helping turn hobbies and dreams into viable manufacturing opportunities." What? I suppose you're right. Garden and Gun is THE most important thing to have ever happened. Jesus Christ. I hope you sent this... article, or whatever it is,... in with your resume.
I have no doubt that the cruise ships in Charleston are a double edged sword. But what isn't. Ying and yang are the way of the world, and there are sound arguments on both sides of this issue.
(YING) First, the ships spend a lot of money here for supplies and provisions, and yes, the cruise industry brings tourists and their dollars to the City. That influx of money directly benefits hotels, historical tours, restaurants, shops and a host of other businesses, but then also trickles down all through the economy. ($37 million a year according to this article). Tourism is, after all, our largest local industry. And tourists often return for additional visits and sometimes even move here after seeing what a wonderful area we live in. And it seems obvious that anything that exposes us to more visitors is a good thing.
(YANG) That said, we should do what we can to protect that which makes Charleston such a unique and wonderful destination and attracts so many visitors in the first place. If the cruise ships are truely degrading the integrity of the city and spoiling the environment and "Charleston's" charm, then their presence here either needs to be eliminated or reformed. I vote to reform it. But then I don't live downtown… on purpose. I intentionally chose a house more than three feet from my neighbor and I don't regularly complain about traffic and tourists. I don't whine about the smell of horse urine, or rowdy bar patrons and college students late at night, or people parking on my street.
(YING) Bottom line, many of the people who live downtown like to bitch, and would complain about something else if it wasn't cruise ships. To some they come across as pompous and entitled. They paid an awful lot for their address with little regard for the context of living in downtown Charleston and strive to make it more accommodating… for them. I mean, there is some nice waterfront property up the Cooper River, but I wouldn't buy a home up there and THEN bitch about the Paper Mill's smell. It can be hard to take them seriously.
(YANG) Unlike the guy who lamented at a BAR meeting about the reopening of the Dock Street Theatre because people would be parking on HIS street (true story), most residents downtown were there before the cruise ships and have a valid complaint. The soot and exhaust from the ship's stacks is a documented health concern and nuisance and should be addressed. That is fair.
(YING) To do that, however, our current Carnival vessel would need to be updated at a huge expense and the SPA will need to supply shore power. So… who is going to pay for that? While most ports on the West coast have provided shore power for over a decade, New York became the first port on the east coast to supply it's cruise ships with power in 2011. The NY Economic Development Corporation, which manages the city’s cruise terminals, agreed to subsidize some of the cost of the power, as did the New York Power Authority for a total of about 2/3 of the kilowatt hour while the cruise lines pay the remaining 1/3.
(YANG) Here is how Charleston's Cruise Industry can pay for all those kilowatt hours… The Charleston Tourist Bureau ponies up 1/4 out of our accommodation tax money. (This IS a tourist boon, right?). The SPA pays 1/4 (probably to be worked into the fees that the ships are charged to dock here anyway). SCE&G agrees to a 1/4 discounted rate, and finally the cruise lines pay the remaining 1/4. But here is another "bright idea" - perhaps solar power could help offset the costs. Don't laugh. The roof of that "dilapidated warehouse" mentioned in the article is atrocious. Viewed from above from the ship, it is an embarrassment to Charleston, and will certainly need to be addressed as part of the new terminal anyway. It's decrepit… but it's huge. I'd suggest tearing down the structure and building a multilevel parking structure with state-of-the-art solar arrays on the top to supplement the power to the ship. What a great opportunity to utilize Charleston's own SolBright Renewable Energy's expertise to create a landmark test project that could provide SCE&G and our State government an opportunity to explore the benefits and possibilities of solar power and perhaps join us in the 21st century.
(YING) The bottom line is that shore power is a critical feature for the success of the cruise industry. Period. This INCLUDES Charleston. Not only is it the right thing to do, but is becoming the norm on both coasts. And knowing the Federal Government's position on a cleaner environment, could well become mandatory down the line. The Carnival ship that calls Charleston home does so primarily because it can dock here without plugging in. We get the bottom of the line because our facilities ARE bottom of the line… Why should Charleston have a third rate facility? Why should we spend $25+ million to build a new terminal that isn't first rate just to host to an obsolete ship that is overdue for an upfit?
(YANG) Sure, outfitting the new facility with shore power may cost more, but it's going to cost even more later to retrofit our "new" facility to attract better ships as we grow this industry. Or after the SPA looses some environmental or health related law suit down the line. This issue isn't going away I'm afraid. It's worth it in the long run. We can't afford to be short sighted with something this vital to that high profile waterfront area or our tourism industry and our reputation in general. If we build a world-class terminal with state-of-the-art capabilities then we could attract better ships and grow what could become a tremendous tourist asset. Particularly the port-of-call stops that are here for just a short time and deliver tremendous crowds to our doorstep without the added auto congestion on the streets… And who could complain about that?… other than that guy who lives on Dock Street ;)
"The Ports Authority says 'the cruise industry already contributes $37 million a year to the region's economy,' and we could be bringing in a lot more."
Yet Columbia consultants Miley & Associates found in an independent assessment, that "the hotels most benefiting from cruises are not in the historic city and that Carnival Cruise Lines purchases most supplies directly from manufacturers, not from local merchants. The study found that cruise ship passengers visiting Charleston spend only one-tenth of what other tourists spend" (P&C).
"But in my opinion, the Coastal Conservation League is using the cruise controversy to increase its power and bring in more money."
Well, at least they're using their own money. The taxpayers will spend $35 million buying Carnival a new terminal. And it's not like they can't afford it: "Over the last five years, the company has paid total corporate taxes — federal, state, local and foreign — equal to only 1.1 percent of its cumulative $11.3 billion in profits" (NYT). And Carnival can abandon the terminal at their convenience, leaving the taxpayers holding the bag like they did in Mobile.
"Do you think we should promote and allow the cruise industry to grow in Charleston or push them away?"
This is pure laziness. Nobody wants to run off the cruise industry - not even the Cruise Control crowd. All anyone wants is an open dialog and a fair resolution to legitimate concerns. But City Hall has had none of it, summarily dismissing citizen input - hence the lawsuits, the high profile controversy, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and World Monuments Fund watch lists.
Pizza parlors laundered drug money for the mob.
Oh puhleez.....quit trying to defend your personal agenda with any taken out of context quote and example you can find. Really funny that "the holy city" paper allowed this drivel to be published....at least now I won't feel bad lining the bottom of the bird cage with it....
The mafia once used pizza parlors as currency?
"We cannot fault Disney too much for putting profit over making a social statement."
Yes. Yes we can.
Powered by Foundation
© Copyright 2013,
Charleston City Paper