Thank you for this excellent article. I've been following Enough Pie's work with both skepticism and hope. The redevelopment they propose has a lot to offer to Charleston but it ultimately seems to be a gentrification project in its current iteration. I am all for improving a place (or "creative placemaking"), but if it's not of the community, it's bound to be gentrification. It's heartening to hear about their micro-grants program, but it will take a lot more community engagement than that to achieve inclusion. I'm not sure if there are City policy/regulation mechanisms that could be employed to prevent gentrification, but using those or creating them would certainly be a show of good faith.
Jarrett Calder nailed it.
The projection used here--6 feet--is in line with current projections of global average rise. It's on the high end, but still very feasible. It's very important to keep in mind that we on the East Coast of the USA have 3x to 4x the rate of the global average. That means we should definitely be looking at the high end. Plus, recent studies show that the IPCC studies underestimated the amount of rise that we have witnessed up to now, which means they likely also underestimate future rise.
More importantly, though, is the point that our community needs a much greater awareness of the phenomenon and as Sean says, that's what the project does. The fact of the matter is that the sea is rising, the land is sinking, and people need to be aware of this fact.
Great article. Thanks for covering this.
John Cecil makes a good point here: that we already have plenty of bridge capacity to John's Island--we just need improvements at the "chokepoint" intersections like 17/Main Rd. and Folly Rd/Maybank Hwy. Case in point--when is the last time you were caught in traffic actually on a bridge to John's Island? For me the *only* time that has happened was during PGA on Kiawah.
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