Practical Solutions 
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Re: “Climate change campaign makes stop at the Battery

Yep everyone thinks it's great and are all about it until they realize decrepit "historic" houses with single-pane windows with gaps in the windows, walls, floors, and doors are part of a huge, collective, neglectful energy efficiency problem here in Charleston - but the preservation/historical societies etc will have none of it, or make it a huge pain in the butt to make necessary improvements to do Charlston's part to combat the problem. And with so many renters living in houses built in the 1840s, they pay the $300 power bills for 1/3 or 1/2 of a house, so there is no incentive for the landlords/owners to make them more energy-efficient. In fact, there's disincentive to do so. So we look like a city who sits around with our thumbs up our butts, not doing our part, and relying on others to fix the problem.

I wonder if this is how we got labeled "snobby."

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Posted by Practical Solutions on July 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Rezoning the Sergeant Jasper apartment building will have a big effect on what replaces it

Building out instead of up is an absolute waste of an incredible opportunity. The way to prevent a city like Charleston from feeling more crowded is not sprawling, flatter buildings! Building up allows both residential volume AND use of the surrounding land, such as the nearby baseball field, playground, tennis courts, or even the simply open field adjacent to Lockwood/Broad, which gives the area a more spacious feeling. Not to mention, balcony views of Charleston and the water are incredible, but are sadly few and far between. Charleston's vibrant crowd of young professionals tend not to be millionaires (yet?), and as a student, I can attest to how difficult it is to find an apartment in a safe area, close to campus, with washer/dryer and dishwasher, and for less than $1,000/month per bedroom. A high rise is the only way to achieve such value; otherwise, it will be unaffordable, have a waiting list, or both (Bee Street Lofts). Ashley House is the only other high rise in the immediate area, and while many would consider it outdated (most units do not have W/D & DW), it remains 100 years more modern than the vast majority of other options its area. It blows my mind that it sounds like they've essentially ruled out the concept of building a tall, beautiful, modern, energy-efficient, building to replace an aging one - all in the name of flattening the skyline over affording a positive, attainable experience for the everyday residents who make this city so great. For the "mix of college students, MUSC nurses and interns, young urban professionals, and retirees" you mentioned who currently live there, a flatter development means more of those people would be forced to live elsewhere, which also notably could mean more cars on the road - especially for the first 3 on that list who currently are able to bike/walk to work/class on the peninsula if they move out to West Ashley, James Island, or Mount Pleasant - and I think we can all agree we'd rather have less of that. Efficient use of the land should be a priority - the building can be designed to enhance Charleston's beauty, no matter how tall it is.

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Posted by Practical Solutions on May 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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