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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Lowcountry Lowdown

Re: “Charleston has taken positive steps since the Emanuel shooting

What loophole? There is no loophole. Nothing to close. The nut who did this terrible thing underwent a background check. No law was broken. The term "loophole" has become a democrat talking point just as many other terms have been hijacked to mean something other than what they are. Let's be clear. Leftists don't give a hoot about the nuts, felons and terrorists. What they really want is to keep tabs on transfers between mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors.

They're after inheritances, bequeathals and gifts. They're also after the sales of inherited collections, however small they are. The goal is to disarm the public within one generation. New York, California, et al., already have begun by comparing death certificates to permits and taking guns from widows. They need to intimidate and control us because we're the source of all the money. Blackstone nailed the bottom line when he affirmed, The natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on June 21, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

What would Charleston be like if the old South's economy hadn't been built on a system that couldn't last? What would it be like if it had developed rapidly and consistently over its long history as the founding fathers surely envisioned? It would be a mega-city. Where would the people live then? Ridgeville would be like outer-Queens, New York. There would be a commuter train. Affordable housing units on the peninsula would be few and far between for the average Joe, as they are in Manhattan. Cities tend to be that way, but successful metros develop in a way that those living outside the center have amenities within walking distance. Our leaders need to quit talking and start requiring communities to be built the right way, with complete connectivity via frequent bus service, wide bike lanes, and commuter rail ASAP.

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Posted by Matt Woolsey on June 8, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

I moved to the area 21 years ago and enjoy living here but Charleston is such a pretentious town I may cash out and move back to Columbia, not because of the growth but for the financial windfall. I rarely go downtown anymore and when I do it is just to see shows. Tourist do not travel here to meet locals, what a silly idea. The people here are not special.

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Posted by D2 on June 7, 2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

Thank you for writing this Charleston and the surrounding areas really need to understand they are pricing the very people that help make this a top tourist destination out of the rental/housing market. They are going the way of Hilton Head Island and Kiawah they will have to literally bus their workforce in if they don't do something about this. I have many a story of workers that make 9.00 to 10 dollars an hour not being able to afford a place to live that is a sad commentary on our area it really is.

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Posted by Denise Mosley on June 7, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

So true all the things that make it great will gradually disappear. It's just common sense. Balance is severely necessary. If all the locals who made the city what it is cannot afford to live in their hometown then what's special about it again? It's like Charleston with no Charlestonians.

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Posted by eden0718 on June 7, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

Love these arguments. You complain about sitting in traffic? Try it in Charlotte or Atlanta, or even Raleigh - what we have would be welcomed by those people with open arms. They have traffic , we have relatively mild inconvenience. And as for projecting growth, Atlanta, Charlotte, and even Raleigh started with a central Downtown and growth came in concentric circles, so for example, in Charlotte you have growing population areas equidistant and surrounding a central city. New comers have similar distant commutes. To achieve similar growth surrounding Charleston's peninsula that growth would have to extend to Hollywood and Ridgeville and McClellanville. Be realistic - ain't gonna happen.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on June 7, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

Living and working in Charleston, heck the Lowcountry, is already cost prohibitive. Consider the number of hours people sit in traffic, multiply that by their hourly wage, and then add on the time away from family, friends or other obligations (which typically can't be measured), and we see a sum of a net loss. Yes, we've become popular and everyone wants to move here. But pretty soon, we are going to become the next Atlanta or Charlotte. It's just a matter of time.
And for all the locals, like myself, who cherish and exude the sweet manners, diverse culture, and southern dialect that attract so many transplants will quickly disappear.
Come together to support initiatives? I'm all for that. But it appears that those who want Charleston to explode into a mini-metro area of 'wealthy' residents have the upper hand.

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Posted by Ni-cole Mullinax Bernier on June 7, 2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Local municipalities should choose which heroes they honor

While I agree in principal with your opinion, but I don't find anything admirable in the City of New Orleans actions, in fact, they're more than hypocritical. I suppose it comes down to who's "oxen is being gored". They pat themselves on the back for removing all the Confederate memorials yet the individual responsible, more than anyone else in our history for single-handedly exterminating the Creeks, the Seminoles and my ancestors, the Cherokees, not only has the most prominent monument in NOLA, but the center square in the city is named after him. We even have his face on our currency. So spare me your righteousness New Orleans, when the creator of the Trail of Tears is the city's poster boy.

Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Local municipalities should choose which heroes they honor

"Opinions are like belly buttons. We all have them, and they are all different." Thank you, Mr. Greene, for expressing your opinions on Memorial Day. Consider reading the news more carefully, and you will find that New Orleans has left their Confederate Monuments out by dumps and City Vehicle Depots, not in museums. Consider studying American History a little more closely, and you might find your opinions changing.

Yes, our "Civil War" was anything but civil. The Union Army buried their dead on the battlefields when they could not ship them home. They made no attempts to bury Confederate dead, much like the English at the Battle of Culloden. This was why cities and towns all across the South erected monuments to "Our Fallen Sons -" so their families would have a place to mourn and remember their loved ones. The statues of the generals in both North and South came later.

Yes, a part of our community has been held back, put down and not heard from for too long. Yes, ALL Charlestonians' opinions should be heard in polite discourse. And, yes, our history needs to be remembered, ALL of it, lest we forget.

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Posted by newbattleaxe on May 31, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Good article. Cruel and unusual punishment, the developer has learned his lesson. He took a dump and turned it into a really nice hotel.

Posted by Russell Guerard on May 14, 2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

one less bar in charleston, we will perish of thirst...fuck the developers AND the shady. and especially shady developers.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 1, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

and in addition to that, how about you get off my lawn you damn kids!

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on May 1, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Dwayne:
Where to begin?! How about that you CHOSE to live next to a wedding reception/entertainment/music venue. We didn't.

How about that neighborhood associations exist to protect their quality of life from these interlopers wanting to make a buck and move on?

How about that the other rooftop bars that you cited are in business districts, not residential?

How about that one of the area's most prolific developers omitted including his crown jewel bar because of a "planning oversight?" For the last six years? You can't be that naive.

How about that he built the rooftop bar with an amplified sound system KNOWING that he did not have city approval to do so.

How about the way you marginalized the opponents from being "several dozen residents" to "a handful of residents" to "a few neighbors." Don't you read you own words? Our association has 179 homes. Our monthly meetings debated issues regarding The Dewberry for many years. Most recently, after hearing Mr. Dewberry's arrogant & condescending pitch, we voted almost unanimously to oppose his changes.

The city would have "greatly benefitted" from converting the old federal building by ANY developer. Unfortunately, we got this one because he was the highest bidder.

His entire first floor is virtually a bar. When he obtains the proper certificates of occupancy, guests can still take their drinks up to the roof for the view. He can even have unplugged musical entertainment.

So, now that you have the facts...enough whining for the poor developer and depriving guests of the view. How about some support [from you, a downtown resident], for the residents that have made and want to protect the charm of our neighborhoods?

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Posted by Ferris Kaplan on May 1, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

> Believe me, I get it.

No, you don't. Guess what, they didn't play by the rules, took an expensive gamble, and lost like they deserved to.

Happy May Day!

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Posted by Glenn Nelson on May 1, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

The Dewberry should absolutely be allowed to open the rooftop bar. The hotel is on Meeting Street, one of the busiest commercial avenues. It's unfortunate that this hotel is being discriminated against. How can a person get approved "event space" on the rooftop of 1 Broad, when the Dewberry can't get permission to serve booze up there? Just look around Marion Square....who has been denied? No one!

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Posted by Lawrence Burtschy on May 1, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Bravo to the city for turning down the application.Now let's put our energy to halt the hotels from taking away the Charleston we came here to enjoy. It won't be long before we won't be able to look out across the harbor and enjoy the views.

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Posted by giotta on April 27, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

You know how people say that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission? Not with construction permits. The professionals know this. They f*cked up. "Oh, but they're wealthy businesspeople, shouldn't they get their way with this neato thingy?" Dwayne asks.

No because that would make it even more f*cked up. The argument that they've rehabilitated the Rivers Federal Building is a red herring; they are getting their money out of that hotel and the restaurants just like they originally planned.

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Posted by factoryconnection on April 27, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Has anyone applied any science at all to the noise argument? Sounds to me (excuse the pun) that too many subjective arguments are being bandied around regardless of the merits of the case.

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Posted by Chris Leigh-Jones on April 27, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

It's called penance. Sin against the city planning board and play the price. Some latitude should be given that the owners took an ugly office building and turned it into an equally ugly looking hotel (externally) with a great bar.

That being said, there isn't a house or apartment closer than a city block away (on one side) and five stories below this rooftop location. Compared to equal venues like the Bohemian, the Watch, Stars, The Pavilion, the Vendue and even Revelry Brewing, this place is practically soundproof.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on April 27, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Ron,I thought that was "your" head. OH WELL!!!

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on April 27, 2017 at 7:22 AM
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