I remember when Stoney Field opened. It was built on "reclaimed land" - the City of Charleston's garbage dump. Bishop England football players dubbed it Golgotha. It's a sin and a shame the City has chosen to let it fall into disrepair.
I also remember when Burke High School was a force for good in our community. I remember being thrilled by their band's performances in parades. I remember watching their debate teams in tournaments perform with poise and skill. I remember seeing Burke students around town - quietly proud and always joyful.
We, as Charlestonians, need to do everything we can to help Burke High School ascend to her former glory. She MUST become the shining jewel she was in Charleston's crown again. She deserves our help. Her students, past present and future, deserve our very best efforts.
Oh, yes!The whole area is a victim of gentrification! I remember when Wild Dunes was just that - wild dunes roamed by wild goats, and Mount pleasant was a sleepy village populated by some of the nicest people you could hope to meet. West Ashley was full of neighborhoods like the one I grew up in - quiet & peaceful. Now these places are full of "people from off" who don't give a hoot about us! They want gated communities where they and their friends can have their HOA's tell everyone how to look and live just like them!
These people also don't give a hoot about the peninsular neighborhoods. They are buying up houses that have been in families for generations & driving up prices in those neighborhoods (Wagner Terrace comes to mind) so that the remaining families face sharp property tax increases.
And the mom-and-pop stores that are closing all over the area just breaks my heart! I don't want to lose the Doscher's on Savannah Highway to a Whole Foods! We have a perfectly good Earth Fare over on Folly Road for those who want to shop for organic & GMO foods. Doscher's has been on Savannah Highway since, what, 1968? They carry local produce & sausage from Burbage's Meats, just down the road in Ravenel. They are a local icon.
What are we to do? How do we stop these people from off? How do we stop the developers from further trashing our city and her environs?
50 years ago local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops taught their members bicycle safety and manners. So did local schools. Many kids rode their bikes to neighborhood schools, even though there were no bike lanes around here. Bicycles were "Big Gifts" on Christmas Day for anyone under 12.
Now we have absolute fools who ride where they please, ear buds blocking out any sound input, who have no idea of traffic laws. At least, that's how it seems to this person! I hope these fools are not the majority of bicyclists on the peninsula, but they surely seem like it!
How do other old cities of comparable size to Charleston, with narrow streets & houses & sidewalks right up to the streets, accommodate bicycles, cars, and other vehicles?
Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes!
Cid95, you are so right! This sort of stuff has been going on at CofC for years, & it's been swept under the rug. I am so sick & tired of it!
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