Just order a 1/4 chicken plate and you will be happy... especially if you add an order of plantains. So delicious, so filling. Sure, the restaurant decor is nothing to write home about, but nothing in that area of N. Charleston is all that nice. The people that run Pollo Tropical are super friendly with good service though. If you want good food, check this place out!
Last time I checked, Clemson is a state school with a head coach making upwards of 2 million dollars (per year) in tax-payer money. Although I wasn't asked my opinion of how my tax dollars are spent, I certainly think that winning football games should be the coach's first or second priority - along with molding his players into respectable, thoughtful men. In no way should the coach (or any state employee) be focused on bringing players closer to god/jesus with my tax dollars. I know the line separating church and state is often non-existent in South Carolina (and much of the south), but for football fans everywhere, Clemson needs to start focusing more on the 12 games each year rather than the 12 apostles.
Clearly there is not enough "legal" bike parking available, especially when one considers the convenience of such parking. While I appreciate having more bike racks on the streets and in local parking garages, one of the best perks about biking is that I can lock up at my destination. I don't want to walk 4 blocks from the bike rack to the restaurant/bar/store I'm patronizing, so until there are numerous bike racks on every street corner, I'll keep using the closest tree.
The national bikeshare companies are only interested in Charleston for one reason - they can make money. They do not care about the community or how area residents' lives are improved; they just see an opportunity to establish marketshare in a City that is rapidly growing in popularity, and they want to cash in. This same thing is happening with all of the new development of hotels/apartments/condos. The funding for these projects is from out-of-town/big city markets and the developer is doing the work simply to make money at the expense of our way of life and NOT because they actually care about the future of our town.
The City has a great opportunity to not only establish a successful bikeshare program, but to help other causes as well. Why not establish a program that helps channel profits to local children, whether to prevent childhood obesity or simply help improve the quality of local education? While there are many other options as to where the profits can possibly go, the ONLY way this will work is if it is done on a LOCAL level, especially since it's abundantly clear that more money stays in the area economy when spent at local businesses.
I LOVE the idea of more golf carts on city streets....it's actually part of my utopian vision for Charleston. Ideally the City would encourage more people to use golf carts rather than traditional vehicles, especially downtown because no one really needs to go faster than 30mph on these narrow streets. Offer free parking at meters and garages; close down certain streets to golf carts, bikes and pedestrians only; give tax credits or other incentives - these are just some of the many positive (and easy) changes the City could make. More golf carts would help reduce our impact on the environment and improve traffic flow, a win-win.
Mat (and Chris/all of City Paper)...You do a great job of reporting about City growth and upcoming changes (which I appreciate), but you always seem to do so after the fact (except for the recent article on the Sergeant Jasper apartments.) I think it would be very beneficial if the City Paper made a point to raise up and discuss these issues at the very beginning of the planning process, so that the community could get involved earlier (when their input is more likely to be accepted) and express our wants ahead of time. I know the information regarding committee/board meetings is available somewhere on the City's website, but it would do well to have at least 1 staffer make regular reports on the going-ons before it's too late. Besides, there often are community members who raise concerns to the planned developments, but given the way these boards are setup, their input is often (and easily) brushed aside...and there is no one to report on any of this. Clearly the citizens of Charleston are a passionate group, so it would be great it we could all find out more about these planned developments before it's truly a done deal...and the City Paper is the perfect avenue to transmit this information. Just a thought...
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