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Posted by 10sne1 on November 5, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “New Halloween remake to begin filming in Charleston

First of all. For everyone that is asking how is Jamie in the new Halloween movie. Because she did not die. In her last movie.. you need to watch the movie clip for the new Halloween 40 years later and then you will understand.. it is going to be a great movie.. happy to see Jamie Lee Curtis. Back I have seen all the Halloween movies and I think this one is going to be awesome!!!! Bud.

Posted by Alyssa Bae Hall on November 5, 2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Activists plan protest outside upcoming Citadel-hosted Bannon speech

"People United To Take Back Our Community" Really? I fully expect this to be a native tribe then. Somehow, I doubt that. Keep letting the people know what kind of scum and true hatred are out there while you are shutting down free speech.

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Posted by John Locke on November 5, 2017 at 4:22 AM

Re: “The 2017 City Paper Music Awards

Congratulations to all, and a special yahoo to Dallas Baker and Friends! Keep making music!

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Posted by Barbara Ann Rich on November 5, 2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

Why does every person who thinks the white race is genetically superior look like they are about three donuts away from a diabetic coma?

Steve Bannon is a Nazi. Those who would condone his beliefs and provide him an outlet to espouse them are Nazi sympathizers at best.

Rational people thought this debate was already settled. But if we have to fight another war to prove that bigots aren't welcome, so be it. Confederates will lose again. Nazis will lose again. Hopefully next time it will be permanent.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on November 4, 2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “As you head to the polls, consider if your voice has been heard

Yes, too much suffering in the Charleston area, and all over the US and all over the world. It is sad.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Y102.5 wants to know when you want to start hearing Christmas music

Right now! I so look forward to this time I'm 80 so I don"t have that many years
left. SO PLaY!

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Posted by Daisy Orme on November 4, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Darius Rucker Big Band Concert will feature Sinatra tunes at the Gaillard

Love this and pray I get tickets!

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Posted by Sandy Hightower on November 4, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

Frank good point!

Posted by Joseph Coker on November 4, 2017 at 1:52 AM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

The comment section seems to illustrate the three possible reactions pretty well.

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Posted by Frank Martinez on November 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

But where, Tupper? He has his opinions, and maybe folks of some persuasion don't agree with him, but he has the right to give a speech. Unlike the uberliberals we hear about being invited to some of our former reputable colleges, he just happens to be on the right. And when our representative Gilliard compares him to Hitler, then he is claiming to be the representative of the local blacks, where he is considered a Black community leader. I did not know the local blacks needed a "leader". They seem to be doing just fine on their own on the most part. What an insult to a complete subset of the population to say they need a person like Wendell, or that racist from NAN, to say they are "leaders". Bad choice of racists, don't you think? Oh, and you can thank NAN and Wendell to guarantee a sell out of the event over at the Citadel.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on November 3, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

Yeah, well, the man espouses white supremacy whose ultimate goal is to rid the world of the non-white drags on society using the white man's apparent "right" to succeed and control. That's way worse than despicable......it's inhuman. Speech that incites panic and violence (not unlike yelling "fire" in a crowded theater) should not be protected. This man is inciting the alt-right with dreadful and, sometimes deadly rhetoric. You've got to draw the line somewhere.

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Posted by tupper29406 on November 3, 2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Have the best hot dog toppings? Prove it to the Wiener High Council at The Tin Roof

Can we please all agree on using ketchup. If a certain "wiener judge@ was forced to consume endless amounts of ketchup I think we would all be better off

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Posted by Bear Barrow on November 3, 2017 at 3:09 AM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

Thanks Allen, you're so right

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Posted by Joseph Coker on November 2, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

If we do not believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we do not believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on November 2, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Darius Rucker Big Band Concert will feature Sinatra tunes at the Gaillard

Darius and Beth Rucker serve as honorary chairs for the capital campaign to build the new Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital at MUSC. All of the proceeds from this show will benefit this effort. The MUSC Children's Hospital is honored and humbled by their very kind generosity. We are most fortunate to call them friends.

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Posted by WandaBazemore on November 2, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

Thank you for a thoughtful and well written piece. The three responses you cite are quite accurate. Doubt, and its causes are a reality that most of us deal with on a regular basis.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on November 2, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Tecklenburg endorses affordable housing bond and urges Charleston to get out the vote

Actual photo caption - "Tecklenberg the idiot riding a Unicorn.

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Posted by EmpireInvisible on November 2, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “On election day, vote 'Yes' on affordable housing

@factoryconnection, thank you for your constructive comments. I understand (for clarity, I'm not the person you referenced) that this plan is intended to help working individuals and families. Unfortunately, I think the ends are still very poorly met by this design.

Developers want to build affordable units and high end units and medium units. The problem here is a math and a zoning one. Vacant land in West Ashley inside 526 is worth $300,000 to $1+ million an acre, generally cheaper further out and more expensive towards downtown. The most common zoning has a maximum of 7 units per acre, but then all kinds of setback and frontage requirements that really restrict lots to 1/4 to 1/3 acre. So the "floor" for a single family residence in about every West Ashley neighborhood is $100k, just for the land, before you even count the value of the house.

This isn't something that can be legislated away or ignored, it's the common price people are willing to pay to live here.

A household with takehome pay of $50,000 would be paying 1/3 of their income on housing (including tax & insurance) on a 30-year mortgage of a $250k home. The only way for a builder or developer to get the price of units down to around $250,000 is to be able to put more units on that same 1/3 acre lot.

**City and county zoning regulations are the only thing standing in the way**

I have personally inquired about building new or creating a duplex on three separate properties with city planners **where there were already duplexes on the same street**. Every time, the answer is "no, that would not be allowed". The current duplexes were built before the zoning was in place and are grandfathered in but new development would not be permitted.

On another lot, the original house was built up right next to the street because the lot was very shallow. Going forward the city refused to relax the setbacks (even though the other properties on the same street didn't follow the setbacks) requiring something like a house that could only be 15' deep. Ridiculous.

To be fair, I live in a property that had two houses on it (legal non-conforming, grandfathered in) and the Board of Zoning Appeals let us subdivide and create two lots even though one didn't meet minimum requirements. The City supported this because it was already non-conforming to zoning and they viewed the new non-conforming part (narrower lot frontage than neighboring properties) to be less-worse than existing non-conforming (multiple houses on one lot).

Maybe the Board of Zoning Appeals would approve the placement of duplexes or a relaxation of setback requirements where it fits the neighborhood on those other properties, but that is a lengthy and expensive process. That adds cost, time, and uncertainty to the process, which ultimately results in higher, less affordable housing prices.

Citizens are concerns about dense developments going where there's already undersized infrastructure. The answer is to allow development close to major roads and closer to downtown. Guess what: those are the places where the city zoning is the most restrictive. You could put 10 units on Magnolia Rd. in West Ashley with no impact on traffic whatsoever. Amenities are already there to support the new families.

We don't need to spend $20 million patching self-inflicted wounds, we need to stop shooting ourself in the foot.

Side note: i'm not sure we really need to do anything for working one-person households. You can share apartments and rent rooms in group houses. This is the norm in every moderately expensive city, and there's absolutely no reason taxpayers, with thousands of other pressing priorities, should be allocating scarce resources to helping a few individuals upgrade from their mom's basement or shared house to a studio or one-bedroom apartment. Families with children do need consideration, although, again, city developers are probably the least effective at meeting their needs.

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Posted by natehertel on November 2, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “On election day, vote 'Yes' on affordable housing

Jeff Barnes I think you're confusing "affordable" housing to accommodate more levels of the workforce and a housing project. The problem being addressed is that workers in the city, ones with jobs and incomes and everything, are unable to afford to live here. Pushing the working-class person farther and farther out into the hinterlands, extending their commute 15-20 minutes per year places an outsized burden on low-income earners. This city thrives on tourism, an industry designed to use lots of low-wage workers in kitchens, cleaning staffs, you name it. Expecting people to spend half of their income on housing makes it all a house of cards.

There are legitimate arguments to be made about the best way to address the problem of workforce housing scarcity, but be clear: this is a program for WORKERS.

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Posted by factoryconnection on November 2, 2017 at 9:28 AM
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