So what if folks in the City Proper or in the upstate supposedly want this road? They won't have to live with a freeway going through their back yard, breathe the polluted air from traffic idling from Calhoun Street to River Road, listen to the engines, or have the oily stormwaters wash up onto their banks. They won't lose their dog park or their swimming pool or their quaint country neighborhoods and the neighbors that live there. Their properties will not lose value with a freeway running through them.
I-526 won't help traffic, it will bring development. Charleston doesn't need more housing units in a glutted market, nor more bottom-feeding service and retail jobs. We need to fix the downtown flooding. We need to capitalize on our burgeoning ability to attract cultured, entrepreneurial youth and experienced retirees to our beautiful town, so let's augment public transportation and green infrastructure. Let's embrace Charleston's future and not stubbornly adhere to misguided commitments to an ugly, expensive, and obsolete travel experience.
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