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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Lowcountry Lowdown

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Charleston's printed accolades are not doing more harm than good. Yes, our infrastructure is suffering and it has been for a long time. Luckily the gas tax passed and road projects will start churning in the next few years. Like the writer states, the Rust Belt cities have lost key industries and now those cities are noticeably shrinking. Therefore, I would think it would be wise to not shew away tourists as tourism is a key industry of Charleston. Charleston is a wonderful place that is full of activities and entertainment. We should be happy that we live in a place that is on the rise, unlike the rust belt.

@NewslessCourier

That's because 526 is a solution for the terrible traffic through the Savannah/Folly/Maybank corridor. The land it is cutting through is already developed or already planned to be developed.

Posted by Drake23 on July 21, 2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Charleston and the area in general are suffering from a lack of infrastructure and planning, that was ignored for the last 40 years or so in favor of more glamorous projects like the Guillard, Aquarium, and others.

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Posted by RASPUTIY on July 20, 2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Charleston: We hate everything tourist related but don't you dare talk shit about the carriage industry.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on July 20, 2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Why did the writer propose 526 as a solution for traffic?All the ring road will do ( as reflected By other cities that were ringed by a road) is increase land for development and lead to its eventual decline into an even longer parking lot.

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Posted by LuvtheNewslessCourier on July 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Having lived in Austin in the 83-87 period, I witnessed the initial political success in the "stop the growth" movement as Abbott Labs, Dell and high-tech firms found this beautiful city a desirable place. With the University of Texas and an eager and trained workforce at hand, Austin rivaled Albuquerque as one of America's fasted growing areas. Unfortunately, by refusing to prepare for that inevitable growth with forward looking infrastructure improvements, areas like Round Rock, Georgetown and Pflugerville found themselves dealing with "MUD" districts or "municipal utility districts" and these were controlled by the developers not the people. My recollection is that the run-off and other environmental hazards of a privately maintained and governed utility system created problems for years to come. Perhaps the desire to control and regulate growth is tenable here in the Lowcountry, I hope so but my experience that the desire to stop it, no matter how popular is damn near impossible in a democratic society. Vaughn Burns

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Posted by Vaughn Burns on July 19, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

The obvious is obvious. Be thankful you live in a city where it has the incoming resources and optimism to deal with inevitable city growth, and vote in city leaders who can provide the community with long term vision and planning to take it where it can and should go. There's a reason nobody moves to and everybody moves from the upstate New Yorks of the world, they're the complete opposite in all ways, mentally as well as physically, of life here in Charleston.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 19, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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

Well said and thank you for continuing to bring the message of unity to our community.

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Posted by Amy Evans on June 25, 2017 at 2:59 PM

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
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