A big, "friendly" thank you for this, the dirty little secret of Charleston that people who move here "from everywhere else" (which I did as well) tend to overlook, either deliberately or because they just don't know any better, or just don't care:
"it'd be awfully friendly if the workers who clean that one public bathroom, or change the sheets at our expanding galaxy of hotels, could actually afford to live within a 30-mile radius of their jobs. Is it friendly that our neighbors in the Charleston Neck and North area don't have access to fresh, affordable groceries? Are we friendly when we scare the hell out of parents of special needs children by threatening to shutter the school that offers much-needed, and yes expensive, services to their kids?"
why would you believe that? I think TRUMP probably changed some A.M. minds considering all he did was tell the truth.nearly all of the large metropolitan cities controlled by the progs/dems. have been a cesspool of violence,crime, broken families and the black/minority culture is the one most effected since they are the majority of the population" living 'on the socialist/progs/dems. plantation".THE GREAT SOCIETY the brain child of LBJ. really started the entitlement mentially of the black society. prior to that time the black family was much more whole . the dems/progs/socialist will do whatever it takes to keep their BLACK VOTE locked down to insure a nice big fat voting block. keep them fat, happy and stupid buy that vote. BOSS TWEET WOULD BE REEEEALL PROUD.
Great Article. I understood your point and I appreciate your willingness to write about it. Thank you!
I am a NOLA girl who has lived here for over 25 yrs- have to say- this town has won me over- love it here and the people. Wish the secret wasn't out- everyone wants to live here now- but I do miss my NOLA to go cups- everywhere you can walk down the street with an adult beverage- I know its a NOLA thing- this town is a tad backwards in its thinking- but thats the southern way-
Guilt, backwards, neglect? Honestly, grow a pair and get over yourselves y'all. Charleston isn't perfect, no place is, yet it is a beautiful, friendly, and comforting place. Stop wallowing in your self pity and enjoy where you are. If you refuse to, we'll kindly wave goodbye to you as you begin a journey seeking the impossible.
We're certainly working in the audio drama space - plays for the ears, that require no theatre space, just a web link published in iTunes and Google Play, to produce/perform works by local playwrights and performed by local actors. It doesn't put people in the seats (there are no seats), but it does give an outlet to create and entertain beyond our borders.
FOBofSC - me too!
Perhaps the more accurate description should be the "Friendliest city to tourists and other visitors." Since these accolades come from magazines that cater to tourists and people who might want to visit Charleston one day, the better comparisons of friendliness (and livability) should be made by people who have lived elsewhere before moving to Charleston. I know that when people visit and feel appreciated, even when it is indeed for money and reputation, those people may either visit again and/or move here (my family being an example of those who choose that move). I continue to love Charleston, flaws and all. In almost 20 years of living here, I have seen positive changes in people's attitudes about minorities and gays, and about their willingness to accept other changes. I think that part of living in such an old city is accepting that change can be, and is, slow here, and appreciating that change when it does happen.
"In South Carolina, bike theft is treated as a misdemeanor, and when the value of the bike is less than $2,000, penalties are capped at $1,000 or 30 days in jail."
The reality, punishment is negligible. I've had multiple bikes stolen over the years, if & when the thief is caught, the consequences are geared towards funding the court system with fine money not compensating the victim.
I have yet to be reimbursed for a stolen bike. One thief had charges dismissed even though his DL was on file with Money Man Pawn as the seller/owner the day of the theft. NOTE: The bike was never identified by police in the pawn records during the course of regular investigations.
Another more recent theft (2 bikes) caught on video resulted in the thief's apprehension, and a short incarceration with personal recognizance release(twice) even with unrelated felony charges pending trial. He was never interviewed by police, bikes were never recovered, he was found guilty on both a misdemeanor & a felony charge but released with 'time served' and 2 yrs. probation. The courts have ordered restitution, but to date no funds have been received. The City court has issued a bench warrant for his arrest but the probation office will not enforce said order.
I've tried for years to have the Charleston police co-ordinate a bike registering event with the Neighborhood Association to no avail. Special thanks to Daniel for taking the time to see that bikes are registered and serial #'s recorded.
Registering your bike is a first step, but until the courts take theft seriously, expect more stolen bikes.
very well written and honest. I moved away from Charleston, from my home state, in search of a place where people are trying to do better. it's always hard to come back to see that things are still so backwards there.
You covered a lot in that one.....If we have so many problems, why are people pouring here? We have always done the best we can and will continue to do so for ALL our citizens and visitors. I am an optimist and believe our best is yet to come. I would same the same....just take a breath and let Charleston evolve a bit at a time. Heck , we are only 346 years old! Remember our Motto."AEdes Mores Juraque Curat"...."She guards her buildings, customs and laws."
It's gonna be a landslide in November. Dems will take back the Senate for sure, and maybe even the House.
We have been called the "friendliest city" not the "perfect city". I don't believe any municipality could earn that award.
Totally agree, and found our time in Charleston riddled with guilt... friendliness is not enough when a huge amount of your neighbors are in desperate need, Friendliness in not enough in the face of public schools systems failing kids and I would love to see more honest journalism expose the actual needs in the greater Charleston area to create a fulfilling large community of citizens that all benefit from the commercial/tourist opportunistic accolades that may bring tax revenue and help local business -- but Charleston's layered levels of neglected sectors need focus and care and cure and the entire community will benefit...ignore this type of journalism and the problems at your peril...
Well Stephanie, if you really think that way, maybe you should do something to actively change it instead of passively writing hateful articles. For one, I smile and say hi to people all the time, I help lost looking people on the street, and have offered rides to more than a few people in town.
What a sourpuss!! Try living in NYC or any other city up North!
Its the neck, always has been, always will be, at least to us from here. Don't give a rats ass what y'all want to "rename" it, we are still calling it the neck. I think I'm going to start randomly renaming stuff for no good reason too. Starting with the Market Street Area. Instead of Little Italy like NYC, it will now be known as Little Buckeye or maybe Little Toledo, how about Little Cincinnati?
For past 12 years i have heard older black folks in my neighborhood (North Central/ Huger Street....represent!) refer to this area as the the Neck. where is Murrays Meats? used to be on Rutledge where Jamals is located, but now it is up on the Neck. sometimes they say up the Neck instead of up on the neck, but regardless it is already the neck part of the Peninsula. I, too, am tired of the inventa a culture mentality pushing ut towards NoMo which is so 1980,s lamo, ya know. just my .02.
It's called constructive abandonment and it can also be considered as cruel and inhumane treatment. Depending on the state constructive abandonment can be legitimately used as the basis for a fault divorce.
I have to agree with Ima, I never heard anyone outside of the city paper call it anything but "the neck".
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