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Re: “Fresh Paint

How 'bout this? Good mural & talented artist. Bad building & poor design.

Posted by Downtown on September 8, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Fresh Paint

Talented artist! It's too bad the architect and the developer had to slip this one through the back door. Since it can't be "seen from the street" it looks like they were trying to circumvent the BAR. A gain, too bad, because if contemporary architects and developers like this had a reputation for creating quality buildings instead of throw away trash then a tromp l'oeil or artist's "trick of the eye" like this one might fit right in with historic buildings all over downtown, not unlike the now century old "Hat Man" at Broad and Church. Again, the artist appears to be doing it right, but its the intentions of the sponsors that I question. If they were really concerned about a barren roof then why didn't they make it "Green" AND commission this mural, too? Why did the College of Charleston which has signed the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) not require the roof to be "Green"? Unlike art patronage of the past, this one is a little too self serving. I see the artist's talent but I also see at least one of the patrons thumbing their nose at the sytem of design review in the historic district. It's ironic that one of the patrons also helped to polorize the current debate over designs for new buildings with a winner-take-all approach. Now we have mostly (poor quality) modern vs. (knock-off) traditional. As a result Charleston historic districts are being steadily dumbed-down. Not even the talents of this artist can hide the inadequacies of this know-nothing building, just like a lot of other ones like it now going up in downtown Charleston. What's wrong with good traditional designs that have roots that include "Green" planning and a little fun with the paint? LS3P instead gives us Puritan adhearance to the "new order" with only cynical lip service to conservation and tops it off with an otherwise good joke that misses its punch line. Good mural & talented artist. Bad building & poor design.

Posted by Downtown on September 6, 2007 at 9:15 PM

Re: “ANOTHER VIEW ‌ Choice or Segregation?

Great discussion. It's also healthy to put a little skepticism on the table, if only to keep the proposal honest. In the end the Charter School group will be bound by public disclosure requirements and the law to ensure open access. By contrast Buist Academy is not. Those who oppose a Charter School to be located on the peninsula will continue to use fear and misinformation to sidetrack the debate. The nay sayers may even be motivated by greed and self interest, using that old rule of the crab pot. Just when one of the crabs begins to reach the top (and escape to freedom) the others in the pot are guaranteed to pull him back into the pot. Keep the discussion going. Some important facts may be brought out in the process.

Posted by Downtown on April 19, 2007 at 7:24 AM


In the school board article above recently elected school board member Ruth Jordan is quoted as saying, "I don't want to be a part of segregating our public schools." Hell, she's already part of it. What does she think downtown schools are, integrated? They've been almost exclusively all minority since CCSD took over. Get with the program Ms. Jordan, 'cause you're already a part of what's keeping our public schools segregated.

Posted by Downtown on April 18, 2007 at 1:43 PM
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