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Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

My family is one of the very few black families that still owns several homes in downtown Charleston. Gentrification has truly taken its toll on the neighborhoods on the peninsula that were once mostly African American. As a black professional, I had to move to Columbia to provide my family with the diversity that was lacking in my hometown and also an affordable home in a good neighborhood. As the home prices and property taxes continue to rise, the population of downtown will continue to become less and less diverse. When I visit, I ask the same question...where are the black people? On a recent visit my son was walking our dog near our family home on Charlotte street, and this was so unusual that a "neighbor" rushed inside, locked her doors and turned on all of her porch lights as if in fear. The city was built on our backs and now has forced us out and driven up housing prices unrealistically. Personally, I think it is too far gone to ever be repaired. Unless you choose to live in North Charleston, Summerville, etc., you will not see much diversity now and definitely not in the near future.

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Posted by ASeabrook on September 22, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “H&L Asian Market

On a trip to Charleston with my Mom I googled Asian stores and H & L Supermarket came up with good reviews, so we made it one of our stops. We spent almost a $100 in groceries, including a can of coconut juice which I took a sip of before heading out. Well, the coconut juice tasted rancid and spoiled, even the coconut pulp was yellowish - a bad batch of coconuts or something. In any case I went back in to exchange it for a different can. I very cordially and respectfully ( I never get rude or snide, not my style) explained the situation to the manager lady but she obstinately refused to exchange the coconut juice, insinuating that I was lying and then told me to complain to the company that made it. Even after repeatedly letting her know that I truly wanted to be able to write her store a good review and spread good word of mouth to people I meet (hint,hint) she remained stubborn then rudely walked out on me. For their utterly abhorrent customer service, my Mother and I will never ever patronize this business again.

Posted by Tim Spalding on September 22, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Let’s all wish Bill Murray a happy birthday

why do you think there are so many birthdays in mid to late sept.? because it is 9 months from the MOST WONDERFULL TIME OF THE YEAR AND SANTA ALWAYS COMES , HO HO HO

Posted by John Byram on September 22, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

Very interesting comments especially those on old money and new money.

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Posted by John Mayo Jones on September 22, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Charleston County Council calls for further study of West Ashley bike lane

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/TheBatt…

The reason there was no real bottleneck effect where the lane was removed is because actual drivers “appeared to be less aggressive when congestion occurred in the merge area” compared to their computer counterparts. So people were getting in the right lane way ahead of the lane removal and therefore sitting in a ridiculously long line to get to and across the bridge.

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Posted by SEC on September 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

Yes yes yes ......lets talk!

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Posted by AKSL on September 22, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

I moved here from NY 4 years ago. I have never seen so many people who do not make eye contact and say hello when passing on the sidewalks. I feel a division and a sadness here. Charleston is a beautiful city still suffering from the past, and rightly so. My heart breaks for the injustices that have happened in the past and continue today. I am still adjusting to the changes of the move from NY. I pray for equality and unity.

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Posted by nybeachmom on September 22, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

I've lived in Charleston, SC for ten (10) years and I'm still looking for and wondering where the black people are... Please let me know when and if you find them. It is extremely hard to find black professionals in this area.

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Posted by Martin Lane on September 22, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

It would be lovely if we could just think of ourselves as people, rather than "black" people or "white" people. Maybe then we can steer away from this "us and them" mentality that plays a huge part in keeping racism alive.

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Posted by Dillon Curtis on September 22, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

Just hang out with who you wanna hang out with. Diversity for the sake of diversity is stupid, and puts too mu h of an emphasis on skin color for no reason. If you meet somebody, and they seem cool, and you actually feel like having another friend, then hang out with them because of who they are, rather than what they look like. Jesus.

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Posted by Dillon Curtis on September 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Let’s all wish Bill Murray a happy birthday

Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes!

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Posted by newbattleaxe on September 22, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

It's a sad truth, but the diversity here is a real problem. The stares and rejection you get while trying to have a good time in Downtown Charleston is a big deterrent for Blacks. I'm sure going to a more urban atmosphere could present some of the same challenges for White patrons as well.

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Posted by Travis Lincoln on September 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Trump up in S.C., Clinton overall; No charges for Spring Valley officer; Who's running for gov?

If you hate the gays, muslims, women, immigrants and the USA, VOTE TRUMP! Trumps patriotism extends only to his wallet and anyone who thinks trump is for them, is delusional. Trump is for trump and NO ONE else!

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Posted by tupper29406 on September 22, 2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

We moved here almost 2 yrs ago and deal with the same thing. We are usually 1 of the only or 1 of a few black families around. I would love to see more black people outside of NC. The first thing I asked when I moved here was "Where are the middle class black people"?

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Posted by Jaynaia Williams Griggs on September 22, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

I'm a native charlestonian now living in Columbia. The Charleston today is not the Charleston of my youth. When I come home and visit familiar neighborhoods and drive around the peninsula, I myself wonder where the black people are....what happened to the neighborhood....what happened to community gathering spots?
Gentrification is almost complete! Families have lost homes due to inability to pay taxes or they have succumbed to pressures to sell ancestral homes.When I read articles about Charleston rarely do I see people of color a and minority owned businesses.
By the way, in addition to the socio-economic differences, there is also a distinction between old money and new money. Thus we have a tale of two charlestons.

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Posted by Pheobe Malloy on September 22, 2016 at 12:34 AM

Re: “The City Paper is moving to holier ground

that makes absolutely no sense..... you knew they were holier than themselves?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on September 21, 2016 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Let’s all wish Bill Murray a happy birthday

Happy Birthday, Bill Murray!!

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Posted by Colleen Riffee on September 21, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Is Charleston the future of barbecue?

Dukes still operates out of North Charleston, has for 6 decades. The one on JI barely holds a candle to the one on Spruill when it comes to the original texture and taste. 6 items on the menu: Meat, Hash & Rice, Coleslaw, Pickles, Sunbeam Bread, and Sweet Iced Tea. Open Fri-Sat 3-8. Now that's real Southern BBQ.

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Posted by Bennett Goodman on September 21, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Let’s all wish Bill Murray a happy birthday

Happy Birthday, you geeeeenius! Your death therapy cured me, you geeeeenius! I heart you, ya meatball! I'd explain how much, but it'd get lost in translation.🤓

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Posted by Jessie Hazard on September 21, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “If Charleston doesn't get real about social diversity it's going to feel a world of pain

Charleston is not going to change. It is what it is.

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Posted by Gunnar on September 21, 2016 at 9:21 PM
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