"For the city’s police chief and Mayor Joe Riley, the new ordinance requiring bars to hire larger security staffs is a good start. Mullen said the measure will free up the eight officers assigned to King Street to disperse into the communities."
Who didn't see that coming?
"I don't think the average C of C attendee is here primarily for the education..."
..Are you kidding me? I'm sorry that you're upset that you are blind to the fact that it is inevitable to experience everything you're complaining about if you live in a city that is also home to a college campus. The most special and unique part of College of Charleston is that it is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. It is in the middle of a city. What do you expect? I graduated from CofC in 2010 and have lived downtown ever since. To defend all of the students that you just insulted with your comment implying that we all attended college solely to party, you're dead wrong. You're right, there are a few bad eggs, but that doesn't mean that the "average CofC attendee" isn't going to college for education. That is complete bullshit.
High school students don't work extremely hard through all of school just to get into college so that they can get drunk and throw up all over your precious hydrangeas. Work hard play hard, and I can assure you that is the motto for almost every single college, including Vandy. I grew up around Wake Forest. If you want to see some kids from an outstanding school get really fucked up and do pretty much every single thing you just explained in detail, move there. Just because it's not an ivy league school doesn't mean we applied to get hammered every night.
I lived in Radliffeborough until I graduated. At one point, there was one professor on my street, the rest college students. Do you know what he did every time there was any noise? He called the cops. Instead of whining about the loud people in the middle of the night, call the damn police. I used to do it all the time and it usually solved the problems.
Now I live in Harleston Village, on the street where all of the mentioned cars were vandalized, I might add, and you could hear a pindrop on most nights. The act of vandalism that occurred was the first I've seen in my 2 years there. I live in a historic house with 3 young college guys above me who are relatively well-behaved. So, you're exactly right, most people, including me, will say that if you have a problem, THEN MOVE. Move to a different borough, like Harleston Village or South of Broad, instead of choosing to live in the ones that house the majority of college students and stop bitching about it.
He won't answer unless you request to be notified in advance.
I'm a pretty tolerant 30-something living in Elliotsborough on a block where I am one of 5 homeowners. The rest are all rental properties filled with college students, which was not the case when I moved here in 1991, or even when I moved back in 2006.
While I don't have a problem with every house on the block - the 5 kids next door are great - a few bad eggs certainly spoil the bunch. They vomit and pee on my steps and in my recycling bin, destroy every plant I've ever tried to cultivate in the tiny strip of land in front of the curb, and travel nightly past my house in herds yelling at the top of their lungs about anything that enters their sphere of consciousness.
The worst part by far, however, are the massive late-night weekday keggers. Not only are they ridiculously hard to sleep through, but morning usually brings a host of unpleasant surprises, like broken bottles littering the street and the sidewalks, smashed by departing revelers not caring about the vehicles, children, and pets that will have to pass through the next day, or just general destruction of property, especially against cars parked on the street.
In the last 3 years, my car (I don't have a driveway) has been hit while parked 5 times, always after a party, and the windows have been punched out twice. No notes were left, of course.
The worst part is that not all college students are like this.
I lived 2 blocks from the Vanderbilt football stadium in downtown Nashville's heart of student-dom for 3 years, and never had a problem. You could say it's particularly bad here because the school has limited growth because of the penninsula and a lack of dorms, but Vanderbilt is more-or less confined to the 440 loop and also has nowhere near enough housing. I would guess the lack of noise was partly because Vandy isn't a party school. I don't think the average C of C attendee is here primarily for the education...
I'm sure plenty of people will say "so you have a problem? then MOVE!" and yeah, that's what I'm doing - back to Nashville next month. Of course, I got my house at 1989 rates, and that is not an option for everyone in this still slightly down housing market, especially as the park behind my block is currently under development to be turned into yet more college-friendly housing.
As a native lowcountry-ian (and as somebody who grew up a stone's throw from Myrtle Beach) it's sad to be leaving, and to be seeing one of the last genuine lower/middle-class neighborhoods downtown disappearing. It's not all the students, of course, but they certainly don't help.
You know i've always wanted an antique bird bathroom for myself.
@Saildude and H2Oavenger - I couldn't agree more. I've often wondered what Waterkeeper actually DOES besides raise a bunch of money and throw parties for Charleston's socialites. The swanky fundraisers and galas that Waterkeeper throws in this town seem to be catered towards community members who care more about the image of giving and contributing than donating their own time or manpower. I'm not saying this doesn't have its place in the world of non-profit fundraising, I just wonder sometimes what true effects this organization is having toward the ultimate goal of clean and safe waterways for the Lowcountry.
I would love to be wrong about this, but I've yet to see or hear otherwise. Cyrus, you are young and hip...I'm sure you have read all these comments as well...what say you to Saildude and H2Oavenger's claims?
Clarkie, your comment about the "sodomite pride parade" got me tuh thinkin.
Q. What parade command does the troupe in the sodomite parade have a hard time executing?
A. Close the rear.
That's absolutely the wrong reason.
I get paid nothing for my non-work at the fake non-profit, sir.
I have the same question for all "non-profits".
How much is your CEO paid?
At this point, I'd like to point out that my fake non-profit (The Foundation for Doing) has not received a single donation since its inception. We also have not asked for any.
Honestly, there's no "us", either. The whole thing was a single parody newsletter I wrote years ago.
I'd tell you where to go for more information, but that would require effort.
Be nice if someone in the media asked Cyrus a direct question about finances or requested an annual report. Something like, "What were your gross receipts by year for 2009 thru 2012". A non profit shouldn't bat an eye at providing this information if their finances are in order.
Cyrus told me he and Andrew are paid $40K a year each with gross receipts of around $120K. The post card Cyrus links to is for organizations with gross receipts under $50K ($25K if before 2010).
I'm guessing receipts ramped up over the years but then again how is anyone supposed to know if they won't be transparent?
The Charleston Waterkeeper does not care about your water, it is a fund raising organization. They raise funds to pay for all things fabulous...The Water Ball, Oyster Roasts, boats that don't get used, the lawyer that poses as their water quality expert, the high rent office space at the Maritime Center. They even have other people raise money for them (Half-Moon Outfitters is a common victim). I have known of this organization since it began in Charleston, but have seen very little effort to keep our waterways clean. What is even more startling is that there are no water quality results, no pictures of this dedicated team cleaning up our waterways, and no summaries of past initiatives on their website. This organization has the awesome opportunity to bring together the community for clean-ups and citizen water quality monitoring. Unfortunately, I don't ever see this happening. In the past they have been invited to collaborate with Agencies and other environmental organizations, but are just not interested. I am not one bit surprised of this news. It's about time that Charleston hears about the shell corporation that is Charleston Waterkeeper.
Your "end of story" is moot, as it follows all my "end of story"s...
End. Of. Story.
You "personal liberty" folks are being pretty slow on the draw here.
Oh, that's right: property rights trump privacy rights, which is why you aren't concerned about ALPR....
Or the City of Charleston.
Sorry, as usual, wrong.
End of story.
The Mayor is deluded as is the current chief of police. Did these geniuses not speculate the rise of tourism is part of the problem and not solely those CoC students? The City needs to have officers at every apartment/multifamily housing unit like in West Ashley with this weekends current shootings. Charleston may be praised by Conde Naste for the tourists but it's a far from perfect for the residents who live beyond the peninsula.
Buffum is a snake oil salesman
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