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Re: “The Charleston Lie

As you settle in to your own happy blandness, you pick up on a way to critique the rest of the city for their happy blandness? "Charleston's tourism industry uses its perception of its own power to belittle and diminish the very thing that gives a city its soul: its network of varying and blended neighborhoods." You base this righteous indignation on the comments from a couple of Pedicab drivers?

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on June 7, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Geez, I think it's simply ignorant pedicab people who needs to come up with things to say on the tour. I'd humor them one day by standing out by the street with signs describing who you are, a real show and tell experience for the tourists. I'll bet that pedicab will find another route!!

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Posted by Deb Baker on June 7, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Nice wrong "assumption" that I'm not black, lecturing us on being classy

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 7, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

"As for the African American experience..", the non-black person writes, insistent on educating readers, as he pulls from his own robust experiences of being Black in Charleston... innnncredible. Stay Classy folks.

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Posted by Benjamin Starr on June 7, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Perhaps you can meet with the pedicab folks and educate them on the impact of their informal tours and provide them some relevant info to share

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Posted by cyndi fisher on June 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Now I understand why you haven't written for the CCP in a while.

You've taken a perceived "micro-aggression" - a passing remark from a pedicab driver (not exactly high on the intellectual PC scale, and who may or may have not be the same guy, according to you), - who made a disparaging comment about your neighborhood. You then take this isolated occurrence, which you fully admit was ridiculed by your friends when you posted it on Facebook and an example of you own challenges ("I can be a little prissy"),and attempt to turn it into an opinion piece about how the the tourist industry has turned Charleston into gentrification hell. From there you make broad baseless statements about the Charleston tourist industry and those who visit our fair city. As if these turistas are only interested in limiting their Holy City experience to the white bread cliches of horse drawn carriages, over priced King Street meals and the trap we call the City Market.

The reality is that the vast majority of people who traveled here (and move to, like you) want to experience the very diversity and hospitality that we all cherish and which is on display everyday in this city. From the history of downtown to the uniqueness of the hidden distinct hideaways all over the peninsula (and area for that matter). A hospitality that is as open and diverse as any major city (I'd say more) and welcoming to a wide variety of incomes, races, colors, genders and sexual orientations. Charleston is one on the leaders in carving out unique tourist experiences across the board.

In a recent article by well known author and Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award winner Andrew Collins (Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA and six regional gay guides on destinations ranging from San Francisco to Amsterdam) says: "Charleston has developed an increasingly loyal following among gay travelers in recent years. It's a formal city in a socially conservative state, but the gay Charleston scene has become relatively open and quite fun. Many hotels now enthusiastically court the GLBT market". He goes on to equate us with Savannah, one of the top LBGT destinations in the South.

As for the African American experience, Charleston is already one of the fastest growing African American vacation destinations from where you can learn about the evils of slave history in the south, the Civil Rights Movement specific to Charleston, the unique culture and art derived from African American traditions still alive today in the city and the excellent Gullah Tours which introduces participants to one of the oldest black cultures in the United States. Include the large number of black-owned African / Caribbean restaurants in the area and, with the soon completion of the International African American Museum, those tourist numbers will continue to rise significantly.

No, Charleston's tourist industry doesn't care about income, race, color, gender or sexual orientations, it only cares that that everyone enjoy their experience and leaves lots of legal tender when they go home. Perhaps you should get off your porch sometime and actual find out what's happening in the city you chose to move to.

But your right Ms. Gilchrist, there is a Charleston Lie, and we know exactly who's trying to "peddle" it.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 7, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

...I heard him explain that my peninsula neighborhood is getting "besieged upon by people on welfare."

WTF kind of tour is that dude giving? "Come one, come all to my tour of the besieged hellscapes of Charleston! You heard about it in the President's inaugural address, now experience it first hand in an entirely unprotected and slow pedicab!"

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Posted by factoryconnection on June 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Great commentary!

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Posted by Go Hoyas on June 7, 2017 at 9:07 AM

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: “Charleston school superintendent responds to heated criticism in end-of-year address

So what happens to the teachers and principals that you have screwed over in the meantime?????

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Posted by Patricia Hamilton Finley on June 6, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Mark Sanford rode a tiny motorcycle while forcing BuzzFeed reporters on a tour of his plantation

I can't believe I'm saying his, but for the first time ever I'm behind Mark Sanford on an issue. If the idiots at Buzzfeed thought they were going to get another kind of experience in spending the day with him, they apparently didn't do their homework. I've never seen an incident like this before where Sanford actually seemed of superior intellect and character than his interviewers. I guess that's a result of an age where rank amateurs only need a camera and a microphone and can claim credibility on the internet. If you can come off looking like you were sucker-punched by Sanford you need to find a job you're capable of. Good on ya, Mark.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on June 6, 2017 at 11:02 AM
Posted by Richard Dix Dawson Jr. on June 6, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg joins city leaders in vow to uphold Paris climate agreement

The Mayor's proposals indicate the sincerity of his belief in climate change and the potential harm to the port city if no precaution is taken to avoid it.
I commend him in his foresight, but it is an unreasonable stretch to connect these actions to the Paris Agreement. True, both rest on the belief that global warming is real and that man can alter or mitigate it, but beyond this, there is no action that any mayor can take that specifically parallels the requirements of the Agreement. It is inconceivable that any American city can or will take on the substantial financial burden that the Agreement demands on its members.
The only connection of the two is spiritual.

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Posted by Vincent Savage on June 5, 2017 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg joins city leaders in vow to uphold Paris climate agreement

So with Mayor Tecklenburg's vowing to adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement" mean that our city taxes will be going up to satisfy the provision of the Agreement that "developed countries" (the USA) should pay $100 billion annually to countries affected by climate change"?

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 5, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Columbia mayor pushes local support for Paris accord; ACLU sues another S.C. county over jails

What do you think Mayor Benjamin will do reduce the world's CO2? Bike to work, sell his car, not use airplanes?

The Paris agreement is about money, unless he has billions of dollars to give to Africa for clean energy production, he can't do anything but talk. Sorry to seem cynical but that's reality.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on June 5, 2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?

The question should be "Why western women are less appealing than videogames to males ?" but of course that's not possible in a gynocentric society where women have no responsibility, women are always seen as good, women can't be blamed and men have all the pressure, all the responsibilities, receive all the hate, have to accept misandric biases against them since they day they were born. Truth is that not only women are to blame for this, is the zeitgeist's bias that discourages any pursuit for long or even short term relationshits. When an entire society does nothing but hate on males through biased laws, biased schools, biased people, biased courts, biased colleges don't act surprised when those males stop caring about anything but themselves. That's right, this generation of gamers is a product of YOUR society that not only neglected them but outright hated, antagonized and demonized them.

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Posted by VeryNormal SimplePerson on June 5, 2017 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?

"Why are white men turning on women? "

> Pay less taxes
> More privileges
> Way easier to spare jail
> Can put any men on earth in prison just for yelling "i was raped"
> Get free things from the mighty government sugar daddy
> No need to sign up for the draft
> Can have female-only spaces and events.
> Bitch about some wage gap to get even more free stuff
> Get reduced penalties when commiting crimes (or spare jail, even after commiting monstrous crimes)

With this kind of treatment, even my dog would want to become a woman.

To hell with this male shit. Trap life here i go.

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Posted by Jeff 1 on June 5, 2017 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Trump's anxiety in Saudi Arabia gives hope

Oh how edgy, how brave.

Another one of your over-the-top opinion pieces demagoguing your own personal boogeyman, all things Trump. But I see now you've upped the ante by calling him a "dog", and by extension those who supported him and voted for him ("speaking out against cats in rooms full of other dogs") while the leaders of Saudi Arabia, a country that systematically subjugates women, that persecutes and kills gays and transgenders, where religious freedom is non-existent and where they routinely execute those who decide to leave Islam, these leaders you have singled out with praise as "lions and jaguars".

We're all eager to read in future opinion pieces what other colorful derogatory phrases you can come up with for your favorite obsession.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 4, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Charleston’s African American Museum dealt setback as state funding is dropped

well this is great but the confederates will want some absurb mesueum too. Also will all the csa monuments be incoorparated in the African American museum (I do not like this term)

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Posted by Leonard Hilton on June 4, 2017 at 9:58 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
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