Wonderful space for an event. Went to a Guerrilla Cuisine dinner there a couple of weeks ago and was surprised at how pretty the distillery hardware looks with the right lighting and how warm and comfortable the space was - especially for a warehouse and work site, at that (the bathrooms are a literally shining example). A few strategically placed pieces of art (big works well) and beautifully set tables were all that was needed to transform what would be a cavernous area in the back into a really cool, even elegant, venue. I know others worked hard to make that transformation and I WAS under the influence of some fabulous food, but the end result of GC & others' efforts highlighted the possibilities of the distillery space itself. The Striped Pig people proved very hospitable folks, dedicated to their craft and eager to share the process & results with willing fans. Sampled some powerful but oddly delicious moonshine & a more finished product. It is obvious that a great deal of thought went into making this space a welcoming place to hang out, whether for an event or just a visit.
Sorry, but I don't think this article added much of value to the discussion. Policies which encourage people to get assistance with the root causes of their homelessness are fine. Those causes vary greatly, person to person and family to family; that's why a variety of solutions and partners are needed. The idea that providing immediate assistance to people where they are somehow creates more homelessness really misses the mark. Most people are made homeless involuntarily by circumstances that came to be beyond their control. Anyone who embraces a life of real homelessness - living rough in a camp or in a car or someone's shed or in a doorway - and does so in order to get free stuff - is obviously suffering from some kind of mental impairment. A very difficult life for so little in return, you know? The author makes an assertion about the motives of One80 Place board members just based soley on their professions and positions in the community. He states flatly ("frankly...") that they aren't interested in "any solution to homelessness that challenges the capitalistic status-quo notion of housing as a commodity that should be bought and sold instead of a basic human right". That's quite an assertion to make about these individuals and ignores the fact that these are the professions most involved in the long-term solutions to homelessness that everyone seeks.
It pains me to hear the hatred and fear in so many of these responses. And like a smell can do, it brings back too much of what dismayed me about Charleston. I now live in Olympia WA, a smaller city that manages to treat a far greater number of homeless with compassion and concern. The numbers have grown here, as they have across the country, but the response here is at least as concerned for those suffering homelessness as it is for the impact (and it is real) on the rest of the community. Many of the local churches cooperate in running shelters and there is a real concern and coordinated effort among the many parties affected, including the homeless themselves. They are tolerated sleeping in the parks, and in encampments just out of sight, as long as their panhandling is not aggressive and there are not other complaints for health or safety concerns. Being offensive in odor or sight, or troubling the sensibilities of even our children, is not a bar to being treated with respect and compassion. There are bitter people here too and those whose lives are ruled by fear but they are many fewer even though our homeless are more numerous. It is a more peaceful, less hostile environment for most of us, at least compared to the hate-filled "bum protests" in Charleston.
In T-Rav, South Carolina has finally found its place on the world stage of politics. Comic relief.
"relive" herself - like re-incarnation?
Add $15 to the ticket and provide a limo or bus to and fro. Class sounds great!!! :-)
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