Very Happy Burthday Bill!
Please explain how if there was no real bottleneck effect at the point of where the lane was removed how the traffic backups on Maybank and supposedly SamRitt can be blamed on lane closure?
Yes the study was flawed. The lane should have been opened for use not only to see how many users but also to see the effects of less cars.
As for the 3 to 5 minute claim could you please post link as to were that info can be found.
The real traffic delays during evac are on I-26 ( and every day for that matter ) not on the islands. Spend the money on fixing I-26.
Well, so glad I DID NOT buy tickets in advance because I no longer plan to attend!! I'm sorry, but the North Charleston Coliseum SUCKS!! The sound quality inside that crappy little arena is HORRIBLE and unless you're too big to miss (i.e. PHISH) I refuse to waste the money!! The last time I saw Panic there you couldn't hear anything other than a jumbled collection of noise. Back when they moved that all-day fest with Panic & Yonder from outside at Patriots Point to inside at the coliseum I made the decision I wouldn't waste my time or money going to a show there ever again!! Sorry folks, but that place SUCKS!!
I think it's time that Charleston gets with the program and provides us with BOTH a good indoor & outdoor venue!!
Because the 45 seconds was at the bridge, not beyond it. Even they admitted to the mistake of not analyzing the oncoming roads and traffic. The real number, if I recall, sits at 3-5 minutes if not more.
Plus, remember, the DOT can take back the lane at ANY time. Even before construction is finished, hence them trying to rush an analysis by the DOT now.
Also, when you live in an evac zone and complain about roads being built until after you get hit with a storm and can't get out, then you deserve to be washed away in the surge.
WE ALWAYS KNEW Y'ALL WERE HOLIER THAN THOU
What an unintelligent response from the poster above me. LoL If you aren't conservative, I will kill myself. I can't imagine a highly educated person giving that type of response. LoL
I think the problem is more of an economic divide versus a racial divide.
Tru it's a nice read if you are I the young adult section of your life
You say what are people of means doing to help fix the problem. So answer me this. What has Collin Kapernick done to use his influence to help the American racial divide? All of a sudden after 7 years in the NFL when his ability no longer puts him in a starters role and he's no longer in the newspaper headlines he NOW decides to offer in protest his support by not standing for the National Anthem? Is it just a publicity stunt? Has he donated his time? Has he donated his money? Heck has he even done something like donate his name to the cause? No he has not done anything other that to rile the crowd which is shameful.
I support your efforts. Instead of sitting on the sideline talking about an issue get involved. Donate your time, effort, money to the cause and make a positive difference not just use some stupid stunt to create adversity.
Best of luck and get people on their feet.
This is a great article, when I moved to Charleston 26 years ago, the first time I went downtown to the market I didn't see a lot of black people and I wondered why. I asked someone and their response was "they don't want us down there" my response was "they who?" The person said "those white folk" I said to them "this is a free country and you can go wherever you want" this article explains a lot.
Let's see if I have this straight - council not willing to spend $3 million on pedestrian lane that will only cost car drivers :45 seconds in commute time but are pushing for spending upwards of $700 million to extend I-526 that will only save drivers :90 seconds of commute time ( not to mention the $500,000 just to restart the process )
Great article Shanie! I'm a native and it's good to hear your perspective as a newer resident. I will submit to you that some of what you are experiencing might be age related as well. As a suburban wife, mother and career professional, my social circles are very diverse, especially with activities involving our children. But, as I remember my single days here, I remember exactly what you are writing about. Most of the social events I attended were sponsored by African-American organizations (i.e. fraternities, sororities, other urban/society organizations/musical). You are right, we can do better. Welcome to Charleston!
Yeah because everyone loves to ride home in 90 degrees and pop up thunderstorms.
This should have been done years ago. Now with the growth already happening and planned, DOT would just re-claim the lane soon after.
Weed out the feel-gooders, the hippies, the people that won't ride because of distance to the bridge, and the people that won't ride 75% of the time and what are you left with ridership wise?
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Best way to alleviate traffic would be to offer alternate solutions. I.e put in a bike lane. It's the if you build it, they will come concept. The only real problem with that is how people of the greater Charleston area lack any foresight and do not seem to adapt to change very well.
With the significant wealth divide between white families and black families in SC (P&C reported $133K v $14K median net worth) reinforces the notion that the problem is much deeper than self segregation, which is no new concept here in Charleston or other major cities around the country. Perhaps it's more systemic rather than not showing up or being invited to a cocktail party in an affluent part of town... but rooted in equitable education, hiring practices, housing, etc...which you mention. Real data on the issue would benefit this lagging element of Charleston's growth.
I'm happy to read someone who is addressing the mutual self-segregation reality behind Charleston's over arching racial disparity and not just putting blame squarely on white people being racists. I firmly believe that most segregation (all race aside) sits upon socio-economic lines; I want to be around people with mutual goals and interests and who are positive influences. If you don't meet this standard, I don't really want to be around you in a social setting and won't allow you into my circle. Now take that and plug in different descriptors and you have universal self-segregation. Frankly, I'm ok with it.
"When I first moved here, I remember hearing that some local organizations were considering offering scholarships or reduced ticket prices to encourage people of color to attend events. That's just insulting. What on earth would make someone think that the only way a black person can attend a charity event is if he or she is receiving charity?"
Basically, in a microcosm, this is the policy of the Democrats towards blacks for decades. Indeed, you should feel insulted!
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