One thing that is missing in the article is that neither of the whites involved were Charlestonians. Roof was from the Columbia area and the crackhead on Broad St. from somewhere else. Most of the Charlestonians I know would never be so rude. I know there are lots of exceptions but this is just another case of the northern press trying to stereotype Southerners. After all it is and has been for years that the white Southern redneck is the butt of most of the jokes and ridicule in the media.
This is what livability court is for and it works. Believe me once they have been hauled before Judge Molony they get it just like they do on Judge Judy. Better yet, get the names of the offenders and call Community Outreach at the College at 843/953-5611. They will take action too. Both need a name and if possible an address where they live.
Leon Stavrinakis has shown by his record that he has the leadership skills to move the city forward.
My hesitation about supporting him is that he seems to be owned by the tourism industry as evidenced by a large portion of his contributors are connected to it. As a long time resident of the peninsula I can say that we are drowning in tourists. They are everywhere and a major portion of our traffic congestion can be attributed to them. Presently over a thousand more hotel rooms are under construction
or in the planning stages. Where are these people going when they get here and what are they going to do? I say that it is time for the tourism industry that has grown rich in recent years to start picking up more of the cost of running local government. Of course they will say they pay property taxes, accommodation taxes, etc. The rest of us do the same and even more. Those who live downtown pay some of the highest property taxes in the state, lay out huge sums on insurance and maintenance; all so the tourism industry can ride people by
and have them ooo and ahhh over the beauty. Right now we need more money for roads, education, public transportation. It is time for the tourism industry to pick up the main portion of this cost. I do not see Leon Stavrinakis doing this as mayor. Unfortunately I will see him laying it on all through increased property taxes like Major Riley recently did for more policemen on King St. The bars and night clubs that were causing the problem should have picked up all of the tab and not everyone in the city. What do people in West Ashley and James Island have
to do with disorderly conduct on King St.?
Hopefully Mr. Stavrinakis will address this issue as the campaign unfolds.
This issue was topic of the Central Business District Revitalization Commission way back in the 1980s. There used to be one in the band stand at White Point Gardens but perverts took it over in the 50s and it was closed. When the band stand was restored back in the 90s there was talk of re-opening the rest rooms and charging a fee to pay an attendant as in most European tourist cities but it too was nixed by city hall.
This was positively the ugliest design ever proposed for the city in its entire 300-year history, totally lacking in any sense of aesthetics and would have condemned three generations of citizens to look at it almost daily. Thank god it is gone. But my question to former president Barker who pursued this thing is why did he have to go to the left coast to find an architect? Hell go all the way to Asia where they seem to know good modern architecture. To top it off last year Clemson's School of Architecture celebrated its 100th birthday. Over the past century the school has received tens if not hundreds of millions in state support and contributions to turn out tens of thousands of graduates. Yet not one of those graduates was deemed good enough to be the lead architect on this project. Have we been wasting our tax money on this school all of these years?
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