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Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Welcome to Long Island

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Posted by Charlie Haber on May 4, 2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Mt Pleasant has absolutely no charm. It's become sterile and impotent.

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Posted by Marie Hebert Borkowski on May 4, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

This is a great article. I truly wish that other journalist and news outlets would focus as much time and resources on focusing on issue pertaining to growth instead of simply acknowledging that it is occurring. The cost of living is unprecedented. The median home cost is seriously out of this world and the constant drove of Ohio / Michigan folks has destroyed any small town feel the TOMP may have had. There is a paradigm shift when a place that was always known as the most desirable place to live is now the least desirable. This is becoming the definition of the Charleston area. A sad, yet true definition.

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Posted by Jacob Long on May 4, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Anyone that says that what is going in Mt.Pleasant is even remotely planned is out of their mind. It is utter chaos! That's the only way to describe what's happening in Mt.Pleasant. You can call us South Myrtle Beach.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 4, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Linda Page I cannot express how disappointed I am. Development is one thing but unchecked development that threatens our natural resources, fishing, wildlife, is not ok. You should know better but I suspect there's money to be made if you keep saying yes to developers. You may want to listen to your constituents.

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Posted by Stacy Steele on May 3, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Ms Barrett, your opinions are suspect since you make money off of unchecked development. Mount Pleasant is only so big and you cannot cram people into every square inch... That makes it unpleasant. It is NOT nostalgia that we long for, it's some breathing room and a return to the things that we so love about Mount Pleasant. Keep cramming people in and it will become like any other crappy place on the map with overcrowding in schools, too much traffic and no sense of community. Why don't you take yourself back to where you came from instead of trying to change our town to your liking?

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Posted by Stacy Steele on May 3, 2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Larry the Comprehensive Guide is a citizen driven document, that is a guidebook I respect the plan

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Cities and people are the same, growing old is a bitch, but pineing about the past and complaining about the present doesnt do you much good. Mt. Plastic has been an enthusiastic cheerleader in its promotion and growth, a way that is rather alien to us over on "the other islands". It projects treadiness and then seems shock when Ohio and Michigan carpetbaggers are drawn to it.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on May 3, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Escaping to Charleston's mother colony, Barbados

At least a few readers have spotted some of the mistakes in this article, like the capitol of the Island and the side affected by the Saharan dust, but some of the history is accurate, which is great, but the comment about Fox news and the people of South Carolina is certainly uncalled for.

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Posted by Charles Anthony Collins on May 3, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Linda Page. Why does the comprehensive plan change so often at the whim of developers? You have lost all credibility

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Posted by Larry Mahorney on May 3, 2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

If the town had continued to grow at the same density and character as the Old Village it would only consume a modest 21.55 square miles instead of the 45.28 it takes up now. Growth is not the issue, it's the pattern of that growth. The number of cars on the road isn't the issue, it's the length of the trip. Simple ideas but misunderstood by most people.

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Posted by bill e on May 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

In Metro Atlanta there is a new bumper sticker popping up-" ATL is FUL. Go away. " As a person who was raised between Mt. P and Atlanta, I've watched the two become more and more alike over the past 42 years. How the hell can that be?! Even in the early 1990s there was no comparison- and that was the way it should be (imho). My Wando friends laughed when I said I loved shopping in Charleston- the Citadel Mall or The Omni shopping was ten times more pleasant than Atlanta (known to many as a shopping Mecca). But, apparently, Mt. P town organizers decided that people shopping in Charleston wasn't bringing in money to Mt. P. Did that start bc they wanted more money in the coffers to pay their salaries? Hmmm. That was the beginning of the end.... Spiraling ensued. Now when I drive down any road in Mt P that's not in the Old Village, I can hardly tell if I'm on Peachtree or Coleman Blvd.
It breaks my heart. I can still feel the sand all over my body and the wind in my hair as I ride home from Station 22 in the bed of a blue pick up truck, a few dogs and half a dozen cousins at my side. Ms. Bennett- it's not just nostalgia. It was a better time. It wasn't just my youth; my parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents would say the same thing. Almost anyone from Mt Pleasant back then would say the same thing. I'd like to know if there are more than 100 people- who are not profiting from the sprawl- who would say it's better now.

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Posted by Reachel Goodnight Emerson on May 3, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

What can Charleston learn?
How about not to repeat history and stop plastering James Island with apartment complexes. The island is full.

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Posted by Sabine Schürg Dean on May 3, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

There are always more than one side to every story. Many of the challenges we face are well pointed out by our very talented planning commissioner Alys Campaigne. ""The backlash to growth threatens the very things long-time residents seek to preserve. Pushing for larger lot sizes, more parking, and limiting ADUs (accessory dwelling units) sends sprawling development to the suburban fringe and contributes to sky-rocketing costs of living. New high impact fees on businesses keep residents commuting beyond town limits to find work."

We see at every council meeting people who think they should be the last one invited into the community, and we have a Comprehensive Plan that encourages neighbor nodes, where you can live, work and play, but many new neighborhoods face resistance to interconnectivity. We need more places for people to work in town. The best quote I heard all year is, "you're not stuck in traffic, you are traffic." The issue with the Sweetgrass Overlay District for me is we are limiting the value of property that families owned for generations and now choose to sell. How is it fair for one person to have more development rights than other just because they are African American? I have a problem with that. I love being the Mayor during this challenging time because we are making strides to controlling growth and encoring the types of development that will make us better, but we can't just say no to everyone and send builders to our neighboring Town to the north, that will cripple us with even more traffic. We need to keep working together, especially on our next Comprehensive Plan, which is a community driven document that us helps us guide our future.

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

It should be mentioned that Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, while in council voted for The Boulevard and the Shem Creek parking garage/office building. She also voted to rezone the only affordable housing land back to regular residential zoning. This article is the type thinking that flooded Mount Pleasant with apartments. Apartments that were not built close to jobs so people could walk and bike to work. They were built for profit not the community.

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Posted by Joe Bustos on May 3, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Protest this Barrett woman.

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Posted by Amber Smith on May 3, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

It's because you didn't grow up here. I've watched this awesome little town become a huge disaster. It was fun and there was a ton of exciting things to do when I was younger. Now you can't go 5 minutes down the road with out getting stuck in some traffic. For folks that haven't been here for more than 20 years have no clue on what Mt pleasant used to be like. This is where I grew up and my roots are deep. But I go around every day finding it less desirable to want to stay. This is my home town and it always will. But I want my home town back!

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Posted by Andrew Long on May 3, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

Granted, I've only commuted to Mt. P, and only from in the mid-2000s, but I found mt pleasant to have no charm. Dive bars exist everywhere; that doesn't a town make. I found it to be exactly what was described by the author at vintage coffee - upper middle class white families with 2.5 kids who spend 3 hours a day in their cars and huge, sprawling neighborhoods with no connectivity and no way to walk or bike anywhere outside those neighborhoods. Commuter traffic (raises hand) is an absolute nightmare. Shem creek is a nice vista but you can't get inexpensive seafood or anything - just overpriced cocktails at new places like tavern and table. I'm sorry but I never got it.

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Posted by jennysays on May 3, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “With federal investigations ongoing, Charleston is not immune to anti-Semitic threats

Hi Lynnar,

I'm British and on vacation in Charleston. I stumbled across your comments whilst looking at restaurant articles.

You seem to have read a lot of false information - 'Mohammed" isn't the most popular baby name in the UK. (Not that there would be anything inherently wrong with that. The UK is a largely secular country - although historically/culturally Christian, belief in God/churchgoing is relatively scarce. The country is tolerant of religion, though, which applies as much to Muslims as it does to Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jewish people etc.)

On the subject of anti-Semitism, my wife and son are Jewish, and have never encountered any in the UK. That's not to say it doesn't exist, and of course it is deplorable in any form, but you are greatly exaggerating the situation. There were 1024 incidents in the most recent year, which is an unacceptable number, but it must remembered that these incidents include social media posts, graffiti etc. It's *because* anti-Semitism is taken so seriously in the UK (and other northern-European countries) that these figures exist and even the smallest of incidents is (rightly) included. Some right-wing outlets will try to conflate pro-Palestinian sentiment with anti-Semitism, which may skew your impression. Of course, there are many Jewish people in Israel who favour a two-state solution. Anyway, my point here is you have been given an entirely wrong impression by suggesting that northern Europe is descending into a Neo-Nazi dystopia.

On Sweden, the misrepresentation of the country has been covered extensively elsewhere. The way you describe Malm is inaccurate. I lived in Sweden for a long time, and Swedes are (by and large) proud to be an open country which welcomes those in need. That's not to say it's a country without problems, but show me one that is, at any point in history. This is a good debunking of the immigration/rape correlation myth.

I love America. My wife and her family are American. But this 'greatest country' in the world mentality sounds a lot like jingoism. By what metric? Economically? What about other equally (or more) important factors? Happiness? Quality of life? Health of population? Gap between rich and poor? Violence? Education?

Love the place you live, try to fix the things you don't like, but there is no such thing as 'the greatest country on earth'. America falls a long way down the list on many of the things mentioned above, and is wonderful in so many other ways.

I wrote this reply because you stated a lot of things about the part of the world I call home as fact, when they're not. Posting stuff like this on the internet makes the world seem like a worse and more scary place than it is.

I've enjoyed visiting your beautiful city.

Posted by Jamie Broadbent on April 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “City and state legislators push plans to bolster affordable housing in Charleston

The Homeownership Initiative has several homes in its inventory and is a great place to start to provide affordable housing. This legislation kicks the can down the road. We have a good start in the HI program it's just highly under utilized. Please Google it to learn more

Posted by John McCollum on April 27, 2017 at 4:29 PM
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