ReeDJPat 
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Re: “Racism still lives here

All I really ask is for creepy older white guys to not corner me in parking lots and tell me in a threatening tone that the police in Charleston "like going after people like me." Or not to be forced to show ID when picking up an order when none of the white people in line are asked to show ID. Or maybe despite being the 2nd person in line, I'm the last person to be helped at the deli counter. Yeah, growing a backbone will end the daily discrimination I experience in Charleston. Maybe people should just recognize that they're racist and discrimination is wrong.

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Posted by ReeDJPat on June 16, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Racism still lives here

Great article.

I moved to Charleston 2 years ago. I'm neither white or black. I'm brown. Racism does exist in Charleston. Discrimination does exist in Charleston. Folks are just more "polite" about being racist or discriminating. I've experienced it at the grocery store, in the parking lot at Lowes and most often when I try to purchase things in shops run by locals. Now I tend to shop at big box and online stores just so I don't have to feel unwelcome by store associates. On those rare occasions when I do purchase from a local shop, I make my white husband come with me so I'm not completely ignored by the salesperson. Also, as a mixed-race couple, we get strange/disapproving looks from older folks whenever we go out. I recently had a daughter and it makes me sad that I'm so relieved that her skin is so light because I know she'll have an easier time living in the South if she looks Caucasian.

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Posted by ReeDJPat on June 16, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Advocates for short-term rentals gain traction

Matthew, CA is ground zero for STR online platforms like Airbnb. So the long term effects of those STRs on the community and economy are fairly well known and haven't come to Charleston yet. Those cities in CA are battlegrounds for affordable housing advocates. I don't need my masters degree in urban planning to tell me that. However, I doubt those realities will sway any supporters of this ordinance. Money is the driving force behind it, not livability and most certainly, not community.

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Posted by ReeDJPat on February 17, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Advocates for short-term rentals gain traction

Maybe back in the day, things were different when money directly exchanged hands between a vacationer and a the owner of a STR, but with an online platform like Airbnb, there is less accountability.

Here are some examples of what STRs could do to a community:

1. Trash and a lot of it throughout the neighborhood.
2. Loud parties every weekend, especially during the summer.
3. Drunk and loud vacationers coming back to the STR in the middle of the night.
4. Ubers racing down the street.
5. Vomit on the sidewalks on Sunday morning.
6. Increased vehicle traffic.
7. Reduced street parking.

Also, judging from some of the activity in the affluent areas of Charleston, I'd be shocked if folks didn't complain. I don't have to be psychic. I just have to read the local papers.

People who own potential STR properties don't own the neighborhood. They share it.

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Posted by ReeDJPat on February 17, 2016 at 1:47 AM

Re: “Advocates for short-term rentals gain traction

I forgot to address the nuisance ordinance. Did you know that there is a nuisance ordinance for dilapidated empty buildings/lots that carries a fee of over $1000? Looking at some of the buildings on the peninsula, it's pretty obvious how often that ordinance is enforced. The City doesn't have enough urban planners, plan reviewers, inspectors, etc. to keep up with growth. The BAR had to be split up into 2 separate groups because they were overworked. The Sargeant Jasper lawsuit will just bleed more resources. Taking all of this into account, do I really think the City with low resources will be able to deal with the barrage of nuisance complaints from STRs? I'm doubtful.

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Posted by ReeDJPat on February 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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