MelvintheBarbarian 
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Re: “A look at the future of Charleston's transportation system

I live in West Ashley and I'm currently without a car. I bicycle to work along Sam Rittenberg blvd. which is a dangerous activity. Many drivers don't realize that bikes are -supposed- to use the roads, and many more have no clue as to the limited visibility that a cyclist has to cope with.

Any trip of more than a mile or two is best taken by bus, but given last year's cuts it takes at least an hour or more to get down to the peninsula. CARTA is obsessed with running their buses at a profit, or at least break-even and they've cut routes to the bone in order to maximize revenue at the expense of customer service. The #32 bus, which runs between Super Stop and Bee's Ferry only runs once per hour, even at peak times. Forget trying to go to Folly Beach, Mt. Pleasant or James Island. You'll spend much of the day traveling.

If you're not approaching sixty (like me), you can try bicycling down Ashley River Road. Sam Rittenberg -> Rivers avenue is right out, due to the intransigence of the SCDOT to modify the North Bridge to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

By the time that CARTA and the COG get around to fixing these transportation problems, Charleston will be in gridlock. Businesses will not want to relocate here and skilled workers will not want to move here. 2040 is not soon enough. We've spent millions of dollars on 'studies' and what we've got is a dysfunctional mess. Smaller cities than Charleston have effective transit systems, why can't we?

Dave Crossley
Best Friends of the Lowcountry Transit

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Posted by MelvintheBarbarian on June 28, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Advice on organizing from Black Lives Matter Charleston's Muhiyidin d'Baha

An excellent article about a brilliant young activist. Charleston is privileged (no pun intended) to have Muhiyidin d'Baha working to make our community a more just place for all of us.

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Posted by MelvintheBarbarian on April 12, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “When Charleston County Council codes of conduct act as chains

I was at that meeting. Elliott Summey ate crow and Henry Darby had a meltdown.

The people who got up to speak were genuinely pissed off. Darby and Summey were required to be at that meeting. Those speakers weren't. They were citizens who felt strongly enough about the issues (especially Summey's comments about Anna Johnson) to get up off the couch after a long day of work and come out to tell the council how they felt. They (the speakers) were not professional politicians. They were mostly ordinary people who spoke from the heart.

Vic Rawls should understand by now that : 1. Sometimes your boss yells at you. That's a good time to listen. and 2. Real democracy is noisy. And messy. If he doesn't get this maybe he belongs in another place ... perhaps in the 19th century.

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Posted by MelvintheBarbarian on March 17, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Cherny runs for Congress again, upgrades to Democrat

Dimitri Cherny is a thoughtful and intelligent man. He's also a great listener, and if you challenge him on a point of politics, rather than argue with you, he'll try to find common ground.

I worked with Dimitri on his last campaign when the City of Charleston confiscated most of the yard signs we placed on highway ramps and at intersections (an expensive lesson well learned).

I believe in Dimitri but more than that : Dimitri is no fly-by-night kook. He is educated and fully capable of doing the job that the office demands. The People of South Carolina have given Mark Sanford more than his share of slack, given his performance. This time, we have a real alternative.

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Posted by MelvintheBarbarian on March 30, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Protesters threaten to shut down Ravenel Bridge toward Mt. Pleasant at 4 p.m.

Frustrated and angry? Good.

Try and appreciate how Charleston people of color feel at being treated like second class citizens by the police and by the press. Last week, a man was shot dead for the capital crime of having a busted taillight. Imagine every time you're pulled over having to worry, not about getting a ticket, but whether you'll survive the encounter.

These protests are not about the execution of Walter Scott by a rogue cop, although that was the focus. They're about a systemic problem in the way that we Americans treat each other. They're about the continued brutalization of a people whose only 'crime' is their skin color.

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Posted by MelvintheBarbarian on April 9, 2015 at 2:09 PM

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