These are pretty hairy times for sure. The Dow is continuing to do a nose dive, and folks are being laid off like eggs in a hen house - one after another after another.
The Mountain Man Hey there, guy with the Grizzly Adams beard.
The age of the metrosexual is over. Dead and buried. From Seattle to Austin to Charleston, American men are ushering in a new golden age of hirsute pursuits.
Contest closed. Congrats to the winners!
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December 10, 2008 It was finals week, fall semester, 2008.
Man, during the last few years, the College of Charleston has transformed itself from a sleepy small-town school to a bustling, sprawling, growing urban campus that seems to be taking over downtown. First you had the completion of the massive new library on Calhoun Street in 2005.
1 Cool Blow St. Downtown www.onecoolblow.com
In January, the City of Charleston rolled out an ambitious redevelopment proposal for the area near Brittlebank Park and Joe Riley Jr. Stadium that's currently a wide, barren parking lot used most days for MUSC parking. The vision is for a multi-use community anchored by medical and tech-based businesses.
Property values keep rising in Wagener Terrace. In the nearby I'On-esque Longborough neighborhood, they're pretty out-of-reach for the average homebuyer.
Downtown There's some heavy competition for this category (just turn any corner on the peninsula after a particularly hard storm and you'll see what we're talking about).
Carolina First Arena 40 Calhoun St. Downtown
262-264 Meeting St. Downtown Want an easy way to entertain a young'un in downtown Charleston that doesn't cost a thing?
The quiet Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Scanlonville (a.k.a. Remley's Point) may seem like a nice enough marsh-front community to those few who even know it's there, but it's actually a culturally valuable community with a deep and fascinating history dating back to the 18th century. Scanlonville's heritage was almost irrecoverably disturbed during a recent legal battle between longtime residents and a local developer.
There it lies, off the northern tip of Isle of Palms, just below Capers. It's a rugged environment, home to a green development spearheaded by John Knotts back in the '90s.
Coleman Boulevard. Mt. Pleasant
MUSC's Ashley River Tower 25 Courtenay Drive.
Charles Towne Landing Old Towne Road.
975 Savannah Hwy. West Ashley The Coburg Cow has a little more spring in its spin these days.
Charleston Tea Plantation 6617 Maybank Hwy. Wadmalaw Island
www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org First of all, we have high hopes for Obama's stimulus plan, which really needs to hurry up and get working.
We had this category on our Best of Charleston readers' survey for years, and every year you, the people, voted for Calhoun and King. We took the category off simply because we got tired of it.
Sept. 28, 2008 www.charlestongreenfair.com
Downtown Over the past few years, the City of Charleston has been turning one-way arteries on and off the peninsula into two-way avenues, with a goal of making them more pedestrian friendly.
Loggerhead turtles are finicky nesters. After years of swimming the high seas, they'll instinctively come back to lay their eggs in the region, and usually on the very beach where they were hatched.
The Harbor View merge on James Island has been a nightmare for years. First, you've got the local yokels who refuse to use the right lane themselves and will be damned if they're going to let anybody else get by them on the right, so they straddle both lanes, preventing the big-city folks (i.e., people from cities and states where road planning makes sense) from moving traffic along.
Voodoo 15 Magnolia Drive. West Ashley
The beautiful view from the Cooper River bridge is enough to make you forget just how fast you're going. Thankfully, a 55-miles-per-hour speed limit and a healthy amount of traffic can usually keep a driver out of trouble.
www.charlestonfashionweek.com In only its second year, Charleston Fashion Week 2008 was a hugely-popular, nearly sold-out series of events.
Earlier this year, the City of Charleston unveiled a new way to pay for the parking meter: a prepaid charge card. Other communities, including Isle of Palms, have replaced meters with central parking kiosks where you pay for your time and put a receipt in the window.
The folks that call the Park Circle area home know there's a downside to the otherwise quaint mini-burg — sometimes you just can't get out thanks to the trains that cross over East Montague on one side and North Rhett on the other. If you get caught at the tracks, you can easily plan to spend the next five to 10 minutes sitting in your car waiting for Thomas the Tank Engine to pass.