James Liphus Ward 
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Re: “Charleston can lead the country by getting its story straight

Thoughtful piece! Thank you for your well-stated narrative. By way of sharing a recent experience here, I did hear one tour guide in a relatively new establishment introduce her discussion of some "slave quarters" by reaching out to her audience "I don't know what you think about slavery"... Apparently, she had gotten push back from folks defending the institution and was trying to negotiate/tell a story without giving offense.

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Posted by James Liphus Ward on November 16, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Question #12: How would you protect the city against increased flooding and sea level rise?

I am glad to see that folks are starting to think of using the natural systems to help with flooding and not depend entirely on engineering. Small improvements to reduce the amount of runoff and slow it down before it gets to our receiving bodies makes sense in the short term. Of course, in many places downtown we have already paved virtually everything and it is too late for anything but tunnel and pumps. This is why I wish the City would actually spell out its drainage objectives more clearly for the new development that is happening on the neck.
Currently, the City is planning on a point system which would credit the developer for innovation in development. This begs the question that someone needs to spell out a more comprehensive drainage solution that would apply to the whole area, not on a lot-by-lot basis. We can plan for communal surface drainage areas that would decrease the infrastructure costs. The areas can also be the basis for a open space/park system similar to the one for the Fens in Boston.
Another key element in new development is to look at raising the City similar to what is being done in San Francisco and Tokyo. The kinds of development being proposed today recognizes the higher flood plain. What we need is to recognize that we are building a whole new landscape - a platform landscape. In so doing, we can plan these area together and more comprehensively and we can attempt to deal with the issues occurring on the existing ground levels better as well. For example, this type of city landscape is a natural for planning mass or trolley transit connections.
So ... lots of levels need to be worked through and coordinated, especially in considering a phased, more careful retreat from and build up over the rising sea levels. One step at a time, but being ready for what could be really devastating without plenty of preparation.

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Posted by James Liphus Ward on September 14, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Mt. Pleasant school adopts program from organization that thinks family values groups are bigots

Even if I agreed with your column's initial idea of having to approve of an entire organization's activities to admit to their having something worthwhile to say, your column is guilty of building a broad case on a truly flimsy base. It simply collapses under its own weight. If you limited your focus to something specific and researched a bit more beyond a few clicks of a mouse, it would certainly improve your writing and might even allow you to think more rationally. …Or would you rather stir the pot and just make people mad at each other?

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Posted by James Liphus Ward on November 28, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Re: “The Board of Architectural Review wastes the time of world-renowned architect Brad Cloepfil

Seriously, to blame the BAR is a bit ... one-sided. Surely, the project managers at Clemson had been keeping a head count on the number of folks they had ... helped in one way or another. I do think it would be a good idea to keep tabs on the potential conflicts of interest on each project, but wait .... that is the journalists job! If this idea of delaying a world-class architect is your take-away from this debacle, you really need to take a course in what constitutes the "public interest", much less what is the real news behind the story.

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Posted by James Liphus Ward on October 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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