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Re: “Could the crush of development mean curtains for the peninsula's theaters?

Sadly, these issues are nothing new. The arts community in Charleston has been struggling with the same questions and the same space / occupancy issues since the mid-1990s. As the director of the Arts Council who led a visionary study in 1994 which identified exactly the same questions, I've seen and heard all the issues. In Charleston, we have a dearth of affordable real estate, and lack neglected industrial areas which are the typical areas where arts projects flourish. Arts incubators like the one in Alexandria, Virginia started in industrial buildings in depressed areas. Charleston has lacked any sort of downtrodden area with masses of abandoned spaces into which the arts community could blossom. There was a slight glimmer with John Knott and the Noisette development in North Charleston...but that was a non-starter. As your article points out, it requires a rainmaker with capital to front the restoration expense of a neglected building. While Charleston has had a number of people who have funded the arts for years, these benefactors are passing on. And even if an organization had a benefactor, the organization still must have the ability to financially sustain a space after development - and ticket prices rarely account for more than a fraction of the cost of upkeep. I have hoped that Enough Pie will stimulate development in the Neck. Sadly, the desire for a clustered mixed arts district remains elusive in our community.

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Posted by Connection Maven on November 18, 2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Did you spot all the Charleston sights on 'Vice Principals' Ep. 1?

My mother always said, if you dont have anything nice to say, then YALL shouldnt say anything at all!

I hope yall all have a great evening! That means everyone; Debbie, Mat, The Ole Man, and of course our very own North Charleston SPARTAN!

Imagine all great things people could
accomplish, if we never worried about who got
the credit?
-UNKNOWN-

P.S. I never respond to any post / threads at all,
obviously besides this one. I would venture to
say that, more than 80% of the people that are
posting negative comments, etc... Male or female and of all ages. These are simple just
unhappy individuals with their self and screaming for attention! This is only my opinion, so please dont take it to heart! But I can tell you that I have
never created a Facebook Or twitter etc... I believe we can be used for a great team but Ive so many negative postings, FB can be used for a great things! We all have a right to our opinions, but Ive seen nothing but negative posting, comments, threads. Life is too short to be so hateful.

Posted by Bm22 on November 15, 2017 at 7:20 PM

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