Downtown Charleston Folly Beach
I'm well over 50 and growing up we always made large pitchers of tea and sweetened the lot. Though my Summerville native mother, a Depression era child and WWII teen always used saccharine tablets to sweeten tea--she didn't think all that sugar was good for us, though she always took her tea un-sweetened. And in answer to the question of iced teaspoons? Those silver patterns were created and sold by Yankees.
Linda Ketner would be an incredible mayor!
Amen Whitney! I'm with you. We need more buildings which don't "harken back" but harken forward with new materials, approaches and life. We are a next city. I, too, get nostalgic for the old Charleston, but I'll stagnate if I don't adapt and stagnation breed festering. I prefer to advance and prefer that the city I love do the same.
Charleston needs some amazing, astounding contemporary architecture. We need not be hidebound to the 18th century for stylistic inspiration. We're looking too much like Disneyland if we build all the new to just look like inflated versions of an 18th c Charleston house. London, Paris, Munich, Rome all have incredible new buildings which use materials in interesting ways. Would that were so here.
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.
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