Reachel Goodnight Emerson 
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Re: “What can Charleston learn from what East of the Cooper has lost?

In Metro Atlanta there is a new bumper sticker popping up-" ATL is FUL. Go away. " As a person who was raised between Mt. P and Atlanta, I've watched the two become more and more alike over the past 42 years. How the hell can that be?! Even in the early 1990s there was no comparison- and that was the way it should be (imho). My Wando friends laughed when I said I loved shopping in Charleston- the Citadel Mall or The Omni shopping was ten times more pleasant than Atlanta (known to many as a shopping Mecca). But, apparently, Mt. P town organizers decided that people shopping in Charleston wasn't bringing in money to Mt. P. Did that start bc they wanted more money in the coffers to pay their salaries? Hmmm. That was the beginning of the end.... Spiraling ensued. Now when I drive down any road in Mt P that's not in the Old Village, I can hardly tell if I'm on Peachtree or Coleman Blvd.
It breaks my heart. I can still feel the sand all over my body and the wind in my hair as I ride home from Station 22 in the bed of a blue pick up truck, a few dogs and half a dozen cousins at my side. Ms. Bennett- it's not just nostalgia. It was a better time. It wasn't just my youth; my parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents would say the same thing. Almost anyone from Mt Pleasant back then would say the same thing. I'd like to know if there are more than 100 people- who are not profiting from the sprawl- who would say it's better now.

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Posted by Reachel Goodnight Emerson on May 3, 2017 at 2:58 PM
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