Great commentary on Charleston and its place in the (contemporary) world. It's a perspective that I can relate too-- given that Charleston, the city where I was born, was never a place that I seriously considered living after college. Minds were too closed and its world far too insular to offer much opportunity. Perhaps that is changing now, and that is a very good thing...
I have always found it curious that there is such respect for the spectacular historic environment of Charleston but no real understanding of the history or sense of innovation that lead to the building of Charleston’s unique urban environment in the first place. Any real and complete appreciation of Charleston should include a respect for its innovative architectural pioneers and an understanding that this spirit is a much a part of Charleston as the actual historic fabric of the city. I left the City many years ago precisely because of this kind of regressive attitude towards modernity (and at that time, the 20th century). I prefer the messy vitality of a modern (and yes sometimes, even ugly), dynamic 21st century city any day to the frozen history of the theme-park inducing preservationist. While Charleston remains a great place to visit, it would truly be wonderful to see the city return to its days as a progressive and innovative architectural pioneer. Will Charleston be a plasticized colonial theme park or a real city—time will tell.
Yes, yes, What Mat said-- These liberatarian and tea party folks are living in a fantasyland-- and making up their own facts as they go-- It would be comical, if they weren't trying to take everyone else along for the ride.
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