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

I remember seeing and going(unfortunately) to hugest parties, keg and college frat parties downtown in some old Charleston single houses back in the early 90's. One where the second story porch fell from so many kids being on the porch.. there were so many of these every weekend! Anywhere from Ansonborough, all the way down king St. In and around a Hampton Park and the crosstown too.
I remember when I first started driving and I wasn't allowed downtown because it was so rough and there was crime in most areas that are now just beautiful.
This city has become incredibly beautiful. It doesn't matter wether we ban short term rentals, the rent in the city IS going to go up. It's just a fact. Wait until they finish building the west edge project for all the doctors and medical students. You think the crosstown ghetto areas are going to remain at 1000.00 per bedroom? ( which is already jaw dropping)
We are LUCKY and blessed to have such fortune come this way. It's safer, cleaner, and we have so much culture here. The only ones or locals who will afford to live in and around the city will be the very wealthy and those who are allowed to compete with the big hotels to save there homes by renting them out in any form.. So, that for someone like me, I might have the chance to retire their one day. It is no easy job managing and having a long term renter or short term renter. It is work.
If you own a house and your neighbor has loud college kids, or bachelor parties or too many cars or a pig farm or a strip club. You. should. move. and find a better quality of life somewhere else than in a CITY. Maybe one with a big yard and neighbors far from you. When you sell your house, you'll probably do very very well because of everything your fighting against. Until then, call and make complaints.
But, do not try to force change that suits you best because you got it so good. Change is inevitable and I have full confidence that the city will do a good job enforcing the peace and noise ordinance etc to the best of their abilities going forward. It's a learning curve and everyone has to be patient while our little old city changes to keep up with ALL this big business and money. We should be so lucky and grateful!

Thank you Mr Green for the article, it was well written and sounds like it is the true heart of most locals in the city.

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Posted by Annie Mayo on July 28, 2017 at 10:23 AM
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