Forget it Jah - It's Charleytown
“It articulates why a "not-in-my-backyard" mentality should never trump a well-established system of ordinances and administrative approvals.”
By “system” you are referring to the long entrenched, thoroughly politicized process in which the Planning Commission’s recommendations are routinely dismissed along with the community’s rightful impact concerns - and that’s when they’re not being locked out altogether.
“These rules are created to give property owners reliable and predictable treatment by city authorities with regard to the development of their property.”
What is predictable is this: if there is commercial property in your neighborhood, then you must anticipate that its future development will only be constrained by the laws of physics. Your rights as a residential property owner are secondary at best, and will not have any bearing on the the approval process and its inevitable outcome.
"As a part of the settlement, the BAR will be protected from any further court challenge, and the Beach Company will once again submit its redevelopment plans to the approval process."
Extortion works like a champ every time. Besides, corporate citizenship is overrated anyway.
“....send Mark Sanford, Lindsey Graham, and Tim Scott whatever amount of money they require to stand up to the NRA.”
Do not fuck off at all, ImFromHere. In fact, keep it coming.
If this is going to happen, there needs to be a safe way to access the bridge from 61 – which has bike lanes, to 17 – which has the Greenway as a parallel route. As it is now, it is virtually impossible to safely make it to the bridge from 99% of West Ashley. This absolutely needs to be addressed in combination with this project – not later after someone is killed trying to cross Folly Road or Savannah Highway.
Many are understandably confused about all the 526 drama. And the breathless hyperbole ranging from “marshes choked with the corpses of hapless hurricane evacuees” to “ wholesale mass extinction of all known wildlife” isn’t helping either. So perhaps a metaphor is in order:
Let’s think of the state of South Carolina as an immense, border to border trailer park. Just a big giant trailer park. Not too much of a stretch, right? And then all of the cities – Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Charleston, are the individual trailers in the great big trailer park.
OK, so everything is orderly and peaceful in the community. The little lawns are kept up, most of the cigarette butts end up in empty paint cans where they belong, and everyone minds their own business – and their trailers, too. No loose, floppy screen doors, no broken windows, no clotheslines wrapped around random trees, and all the trash cans are stored around back. Everyone is dutifully minding their trailers except one – Charleston.
Seems that Charleston has a badly leaking roof, and they have ignored it for quite some time. Oh, they cover up the furniture with tarps when it rains, and they stretch the wet rugs out in the sun to dry, but they just can’t seem to take it very seriously. But being an opportunistic bunch, they passed the hat around the trailer park and collected quite a hefty sum. The other trailers were told it was for a hugely important, critically necessary project - so they put their needs on hold to help Charleston out.
And then Charleston took all the money to Costco, where they spent every penny on the biggest, widest, ultra high-def flat screen in the whole store.
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