the flaw to Mr. Parker's argument is that the housing costs will likely be too high for the average employee at MUSC or CofC. If anything, the low rents they just eliminated in the old Sgt. Jasper now forced people who perhaps lived there and worked downtown to move off the peninsula and drive to work.
I cannot even begin to go over the many flaws with this position because it would take far too long. Even the title is flawed. Any building built now, whether modern or traditional, would be considered "contemporary" which simply means something built now.
The fact is that the vast majority of applications that have come before the BAR in the past 10 years have been approved no matter what they are. Check the stats. Not only are more than 95% of things approved, more than 70% are unanimously approved.
For decades owners of properties in C-E (i have had many buildings in C-E) have been desperate to see businesses and residents renovate and revitalize the area. Now that it is happening many complain about the noise. Well, you live in a city. It is urban. There is a lot of noise in an urban setting. There is even more noise when it is a college town-and Charleston is a college town (nearly 1/3rd of residents on the peninsula are students). Should the noise stop at 11? Sure, that would be nice but now you would hinder many businesses from making enough money to pay the increasing rents, taxes and insurance. If the noise is too much then add police. Owners of non-owner occupied buildings pay 300% more in property taxes. Could it not be expected to have more services since the tax bill is 300% higher? Closing bars at 11 only moves the noise and parties deeper into the more residential areas. For those of us who remember when the ordinance for bars to close at 2 AM came into affect, we remember that instead of noise dissipating throughout the night, it became a mad rush of noise at 2 AM. The 11PM closing may have the same impact. It is a difficult balance and one that may not happen as our city is definitely becoming more and more a college town and it is the student money that is driving much of the revitalization. An 11 PM closing will not solve the issues.
This article is something The Committee To Save The City has been saying for 15 years. The city is slowing dying for residents. The corner stores, the commercial businesses laced throughout the city, the livability for locals is dying. It is dying at a slow, steady pace. Nearly everything you see these days is geared around tourists.
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