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

Too much of anything in most cases is a recipe for disaster. However, coming to Charleston after living in a severely economically depressed area will open your eyes immensely. There were no jobs or opportunities for a better life in my previous home. I love this city and hope that we can find a solution to some of the problems created by its popularity.

Posted by couchqueen2020 on July 28, 2017 at 1:57 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

@EBF. You are wrong. A bed & breakfast is zoned residential, NOT commercial. If the owner lives onsite for at least 183 days per year, anyone can get a b&b license, South of the Crosstown that is. Why not north of the Crosstown or West Ashley, or J.I.? Why should I be denied a residential use of a residential home, just because I live north of this arbitrary line? I'll tell you why (according to the City and some of the task force members): No particular reason.

Posted by Matthew Doszkocs on July 27, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

@ Pat Hendrix: Regardless of what livability did io did not do for you regarding this one particular rental, I will repeat myself: Lee Batchelder explained at the most recent meeting of the task force that there have been ZERO (that's right ZERO) calls about owner-occupied B&B's. And yes making it illegal for me to run a b&b, a residentially zoned, older-than-Jesus traditional form of rental (the Inn of the X-mas story wasn't a Hyatt, I'm certain), this is akin to not allowing blacks, gays or anyone else to sit at lunch counters, stay at hotels, etc. Fear is ungodly and is what is tearing this community apart, not those of us can be responsible b&b owners. Charleston seems hell bent on letting fearful, uptight mostly-rich folks continue to violate people's basic rights, civil or property.

Posted by Matthew Doszkocs on July 27, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Bryan, after three cracks at your reply, I think that last post was your best. Nice work.

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Posted by Pat Hendrix on July 27, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Local groups respond to President Trump’s call to ban transgender military personnel

Where did this whole problem come from all the sudden...WTH??

Wow talk about problems...calm down everyone I think the new rules still allow you to cross dress part time.. You just can't be post op. lololol jk

how this would be enforced and or regulated is the real problem. Talk about the government in your business!

good article in my opinion

Posted by zee on July 27, 2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Mr. Hendrix you sure do have a lot of built up aggression against Mr. Green, based on your previous comments from his other articles where you are mostly bashing him. How about you contact City Paper and see if they'll give you a chance to write an article? You seem to believe you're an expert on everything Mr. Green writes and the city of Charleston, so why don't you contact CP and see if you can get a feature instead of having to leave comment after comment to get your close-minded, bitter messages across. My goodness, who has broken your heart? Ps...I'm sure Mr. Green would be willing to put in a good word at CP for you whenever you're ready to write your own op-ed piece . Good day!

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Posted by Bryan Whiteman on July 27, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Mr. Hendrix you sure do have a lot of built up aggression against Mr. Green, based on this and your previous comments from other articles. I have an idea, how about you contact City Paper and see if they'll give you a chance to write an article? I mean, since you seem to be an expert on everything Mr. Green writes, and the city of Charleston, why don't you contact CP and see if you can get a feature instead of having to leave comment after comment--oh, I forgot, they want people who can actually write and respectfully disagree about a subject, two areas where you are clearly weak. Take care now!

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Posted by Bryan Whiteman on July 27, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

The previous comments suggests that his property rights are being taken away by not being able to operate a short term rental. Wrong! His property rights, which he knew when he purchased this property, was to use it solely for residential purposes and not commercial, such as short term rentals, bars, restaurants, and 100 other prohibited uses. The only person deprived of their property rights by a change in the law to allow short term rentals are the surrounding property owners, who purchased their property on the basis that the property next-door was limited by zoning to residential uses.

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Posted by EBF on July 27, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Mr. Hendrix you sure do have a lot of built up aggression against Mr. Green, based on your previous comments from his other articles where you are mostly bashing him. How about you contact City Paper and see if they'll give you a chance to write an article? I mean, since you seem to be an expert on everything Mr. Green writes and the city of Charleston, why don't you contact CP and see if you can get a feature instead of having to leave comment after comment to have your voice heard; you'd think he Mr. Green broke your heart, so, bless your heart. Ps....I'm sure Mr. Green would put in a good word to try and get your voice heard on a much larger scale.

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Posted by Bryan Whiteman on July 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

"But it sounds like a call to police/livability would have solved your problem."

You don't think the entire block called the police and the livability court? They took months to even acknowledge the problem. When the city finally did something, the judge said the city needed to settle the issue once and for all before he fined the owner.

"not unlike how pre-civil rights era Charleston treated African Americans and their basic rights to life, liberty and happiness."

You're comparing short-term rental regulation in neighborhoods - in houses that are often worth millions - with Jim Crow and the systematic brutalization of African Americans after the Civil War? Let me throw this out there: You're an idiot.

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Posted by Pat Hendrix on July 27, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Hey Mr. Hendrix, sorry for your experience. But it sounds like a call to police/livability would have solved your problem. But you'd probably rather make sure NO Charleston homeowners can rent their property out, responsible or not. It's almost like you're saying, "well there was a spill in aisle four, so naturally...no more groceries for anyone." Lee Batchelder explained at the most recent meeting of the task force that there have been ZERO (that's right ZERO) calls about owner-occupied B&B's. Yet because of fear-mongering and knee-jerk reactions by a few "concerned citizens", the task force is now talking about restricting even bed and breakfasts in an authoritarian manner, not unlike how pre-civil rights era Charleston treated African Americans and their basic rights to life, liberty and happiness.

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Posted by Matthew Doszkocs on July 27, 2017 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Yoga is taking over Charleston on the DL

The Charleston yoga community is truly a wonderful & inclusive family of diverse people. The teachers I've had the pleasure of practicing with are consistent in their faithfulness to the roots of yoga & inspiring in the way they each bring their own personality to the practice!

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Posted by Joseph Nienstedt on July 27, 2017 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Activist Medea Benjamin doesn't stop to reflect

Medea is a national Treasure.

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Posted by Charlotte Edwards on July 26, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Activist Medea Benjamin doesn't stop to reflect

Just to clarify, it's Benjamin's daughter, Arlen, from her first marriage in Cuba, who is named after the Sandinista revolutionary Arlen Siu.

Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 26, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

"The City of Charleston recently concluded four listening sessions which revealed that Charleston residents are generally in favor of allowing homeowners..."

"the majority of the city has expressed a desire in seeing develop, according to listening session data."

Well hot damn, that's good enough for me! What's more scientific than some "listening sessions," right Dwayne?

Hey, buddy, get one of those airbnb houses next door and let me know how much you like it. We literally had tour buses rolling up on Rutledge Avenue for parties. It was fantastic. Idiots pumping music and having a good ole fashioned hoot five feet from where people sleep. Guys with no shirts on sitting on the porch threatening anyone who said anything about them parking on the sidewalk. You'd no doubt love it, Mr. Green. And speaking of your undying love of property rights, can I put in a pig farm and strip club next to your house? If I own the property, why should you object?

Hey, folks at the City Paper, just have a software program take over writing for Dwayne Green. A bot could write something just as predictable and inane as Dwayne without all the lawyerly dissembling.

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Posted by Pat Hendrix on July 26, 2017 at 2:42 PM
Posted by Michel Hammes on July 26, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

The most impactful issue with short-term rentals is not noise/pollution/traffic; it's that landlords converting their would-be long-term rentals into vacation rentals causes the long-term rental costs to skyrocket, due to decreased availability & higher demand. It's one thing for a homeowner to rent out a room in a house they live in, or post their home temporarily on a vacation rental site when they themselves will be out of town- it's a whole other bag to take a home that would be rented out to a permenant city resident and convert it to an airbnb to make a quick buck. It does the city as a whole a disservice. You want the people who make Charleston such a destination f&b town to be able to afford to live here? You want the tourists to keep coming back? Many cities have fought or outlawed Airbnbs specifically because of long-term rental inflation, not just because of the hotel industry.

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Posted by Sarah Kali Griffith on July 26, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Finally, a sensible and researched perspective, as opposed to the propaganda we've been getting from those with an interest in limiting their competition. Hotels, rampant development and lack of infrastructure are far bigger threats to the Charleston we all love.

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Posted by Bunny Byrne on July 26, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “What Would Schindler Do?

Schindler was an individual acting on his own, while organized religion is often a social construct and a distraction from the intent of God. While the Bible does speak of organized believers, it makes clear that they should be interdependent while providing protection, productivity, and outreach. Being organized is not the problem. Focusing on the rules and rituals of a religion is the problem.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 26, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Are short-term rentals really bad for Charleston?

Well written article. The task farce (yes farce) is comprised largely of opponents to STRs (by design, according to all evidence) and largely of people who live in the so-called historic district (including at least one member from the hotel industry, can you say, "conflict of interest"?) . They have been brazenly attempting to form a one-size-fits-all legislative position that would impose indefensible restrictions on the entire city according to what they and their persnickety friends would like, not what would make sense for the majority, nor what the majority of the city has expressed a desire in seeing develop, according to listening session data.

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Posted by Matthew Doszkocs on July 26, 2017 at 10:16 AM
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