Resilient News

The first step to becoming a better advocate for your community is awareness of the latest events and issues that affect Charleston’s character and quality of life. The Preservation Society aggregates pertinent local, regional, and national news and articles as a resource for the community.

News :: February 11, 2018

What will the mayor do? John Tecklenburg has created a dilemma for himself, championing I-526 and declaring flooding his No. 1 priority. Soon, very soon, he may have to choose.

South Carolina legislators might have compromise to save the Conservation Bank
News :: February 9, 2018

The embattled State Conservation Bank might just be saved by a S.C. House compromise giving it less money and more responsibilities.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg puts flooding at top of priority list in State of the City speech
News :: January 24, 2018

"For more than 300 years, the people of Charleston have lived with the threat of hurricanes, high tides and flooding," Tecklenburg said. "But now, with rising seas, a history of ill-advised development in some areas, and three major flood events in three years, we simply must make flooding and drainage our city's top long-range priority."

Chief Resiliency Officer hired to stem the rising tides of Charleston
News :: January 24, 2018

Mayor Tecklenburg is taking a stand against the rising waters in Charleston. The concern is felt by anyone who braves the city's streets at high tide, and those who own homes and businesses in flood prone areas are looking for strong leadership and swift action.

Flood Mitigation, Choose Your Own Adventure Style
News :: January 24, 2018

Owners of buildings that are susceptible to flooding are currently evaluating what they can do to protect their properties. Here at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we have been going through that process with our site that frequently floods, the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois.

Charleston City Council to take next move in ongoing West Ashley turf war with North Charleston
News :: January 20, 2018

Charleston City Council is expected to take its first vote Tuesday to annex a huge swath of rural land in outer West Ashley, including two properties that North Charleston already annexed.

When Strategy Isn't Enough
News :: January 16, 2018

A January 10th op-ed in Next City stressed the theme that a successful urban development  project cannot simply rely on strategy to ensure a particular outcome. Instead, a city must create a detailed action plan that acts as a playbook towards achieving the desired goal.

News :: December 31, 2017

Surrounded by water, this old city is even lower than the Lowcountry. Half of its land is below sea level, and its soil is spongy. This is important because as New Orleans expanded and paved that soil, the sponge flattened. Wrung out, the city is sinking under the weight of its history.

Why S.C. preservationists are trying to keep a key tax break
News :: November 26, 2017

While these credits are a drop in the bucket relative to the larger debate over the national debt, corporate and individual tax rates, mortgage deductions, health care mandates and other far bigger-ticket items, South Carolina's preservationists are carefully eyeing what happens next.

Former Veggie Bin location rezoned to make way for housing
News :: November 16, 2017

Two Ansonborough properties, including the former location of The Veggie Bin, were rezoned from general business units to possible sites for affordable housing at a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the city's Planning Commission.

'A huge shift in our mindset' - Charleston looks at how best to treat flood-prone homes
News :: November 3, 2017

In a move that one Charleston preservation leader called "a sea change," the city will be more receptive than ever to property owners' requests to elevate their homes or other buildings, even along its most historic streets.

Set flood-defense standards
News :: October 11, 2017

Flooding is going to be a problem for parts of the Charleston peninsula for the foreseeable future. Even with some $2 billion in mitigation projects underway, planned or identified, there is simply no way that city officials can hold back a hurricane or prevent the occasional downpour.

What Do Houston's Pro-Growth Boosters Think Now?
News :: October 9, 2017

Hurricane Harvey inflicted an estimated $100 billion in damage on the Houston area in August and September, a catastrophe that some urban-planning pundits interpreted as a kind of cosmic comeuppance for the city’s decades of untrammeled sprawl.

Opinion: Move forward on Charleston's Low Line
News :: October 8, 2017

The Low Line, a linear park that could eventually become the second-largest on the Charleston peninsula, is an extraordinarily good idea. It would offer acres of green space in an increasingly dense part of the city while doubling as a piece of transportation infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Will Charleston get its Low Line? Deal goes before City Council on Tuesday
News :: October 7, 2017

After more than a year of quiet negotiations, Charleston soon could strike a deal clearing the way for the Lowcountry Low Line, a proposed park along the abandoned rail line through the Charleston peninsula from Woolfe Street to Courtland Avenue.

Charleston Planning Commission defers decision on short-term rental regulation
News :: October 6, 2017

The city of Charleston's Short-Term Rental Task Force met 11 times over the past six months to craft a policy to regulate the rapidly growing short-term rental industry.

Planning Commission meeting on short-term rentals turns into a real slobberknocker
News :: October 6, 2017

In what must have felt like watching your child take its first steps only to tumble down an open manhole, Charleston's Short-Term Rental Task Force was met by a questioning Planning Commission and a harsh public critical of the group's proposed rental regulations. 

Drainage engineer to Charleston City Council: Development among many causes of Church Creek flooding
News :: September 27, 2017

The lead engineer studying the Church Creek drainage basin confirmed Tuesday what outer West Ashley residents have suspected for years: recent developments have brought more flooding problems to their neighborhoods. 

Take quick action on flooding
News :: September 26, 2017

Charleston needs a flooding czar, a power broker with the unchallenged authority to make politicians and bureaucrats shiver in their Wellies. This person needs a blank check for engineering and financial decisions to make Charleston as flood-proof as possible, as quickly as feasible, say 2018 or 2020. Otherwise, the city will tread water till it drowns. Otherwise, homeowners will be forced to sell to the lowest bidders and the Charleston boom will fizzle into a layer of pluff mud.

Charleston region's economy humming at fastest pace in South Carolina
News :: September 25, 2017

The Charleston region's economy is growing at a faster rate this decade than any other South Carolina metro area, although its size still trails Greenville and Columbia, according to new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

West Ashley residents press engineers for answers about flooding in Church Creek
News :: September 22, 2017

There were more questions than answers at the public meeting Thursday about the flooding problems in the Church Creek drainage basin in West Ashley.

Flood, storm relief are achievable if leaders are willing
News :: September 22, 2017

It is now painfully clear that Charleston faces an existential crisis from storms and flooding. Irma provided the latest evidence that even a tropical storm can inflict extensive damage on a poorly prepared community.

Meeting tonight at Citadel Mall to go over flooding problems in West Ashley's Church Creek drainage basin
News :: September 21, 2017

The city of Charleston will hold a community meeting tonight on the flooding problems in West Ashley's Church Creek drainage basin.

The engineering firm hired by the city will share its early conclusions from 6-8 p.m. at Citadel Mall's center court.

A fix to flood-proof Charleston could top $2 billion and take a generation to complete
News :: September 18, 2017

Days after insisting they had no idea how much it would cost to fully protect Charleston from damaging floods, city officials acknowledged they did have a number for the fix — and that price tag is huge.

A tropical storm surge sends Charleston an urgent message: Here's your future
News :: September 17, 2017

Irma’s surge hit as if the sea had been shaken, a 4-foot slosh that poured over The Battery’s walls and crashed through dunes. It filled area marshes like an overfilled bathtub and turned the region’s most important medical complex into an island.

Let Beach, new tax stop the deluge
News :: September 16, 2017

Dana Beach sounds like a man who is about give us the no-holds-barred debate Charleston has needed for far too long: What to do about the rising seas?

Deal with flooding problems before it's too late to fix them
News :: September 16, 2017

Before reality TV became popular, there was a popular fictional television show (WKRP in Cincinnati) that began with the phrase “Wake up, Cincinnati!” Well, today Charleston residents are not on a fictional reality television show. Charlestonians are in a world of complex reality that no elected official in this state wants to deal with head on.

Charleston can't stop flooding, but there are ways to ease it
News :: September 13, 2017

It only took a glancing blow from Irma to turn Charleston into Sea World, which gets everyone talking about the city’s horrible flooding problems. Again.

Hard to avoid the subject when there are whitecaps in White Point Garden.


Federal flood program suffers from bad mapping, politics
News :: September 10, 2017

One of the most heartbreaking photographs from Hurricane Harvey shows a handful of nursing home residents sitting in wheelchairs in waist-deep water. Their assisted living facility, like countless other properties affected by the flooding in Texas, was located outside the 100-year flood hazard zone.

Charleston's 34-year-old list of drainage projects not quite half done after $239 million
News :: September 10, 2017

It's taken Charleston more than three decades and almost a quarter billion dollars to upgrade less than half of the city's antiquated drainage systems.

The good news is the city has long accepted the problem. In 1984, engineers analyzed each drainage system for flooding issues and handed the city a punch list of areas that needed to be fixed, and which ones it should handle first.

Charleston should learn from Houston
News :: September 9, 2017

Phil Dustan is standing in the bow as his friend and neighbor Jeff Eddy gently nudges his ancient 18-foot Redfisher down No Name Creek on the Stono River. It is Sunday morning, silent, the water smooth as glass. A snowy egret abandons his post atop a channel marker as we approach. Eddy edges past some crab pots.

City of Charleston staff to Short-Term Rental Task Force: allow rentals above crosstown, in suburbs
News :: August 29, 2017

The city of Charleston's planning staff is presenting a list of policy recommendations to the Short-Term Rental Task Force on Tuesday that outlines what the staff wants in the new short-term rental ordinance. 

A Vibrant Turnaround for a Neglected Charleston Neighborhood
News :: August 29, 2017

On Sunday mornings about a decade ago, shortly after he moved here, Stephen J. Zoukis used to ride his bike around a ramshackle neighborhood a couple of miles north of the city’s celebrated historic district and wonder why no one had built anything of note there.

Charleston City Market hotel approval sparks another lawsuit
News :: August 23, 2017

A property owner near Charleston's City Market has filed another lawsuit over a new hotel in the historic area.

Enforcement becomes key concern for Charleston's Short-Term Rental Task Force
News :: August 23, 2017

With a slew of short-term rental properties already operating outside of Charleston’s currently established rules, a major point of concern for Charleston’s Short-Term Rental Task Force has been the issue of enforcement. 

Charleston task force discusses whether short-term rentals should be legal citywide; survey indicates support
News :: August 22, 2017

About an hour before the city of Charleston's short-term rental task force was scheduled to meet Tuesday, the online vacation rental company HomeAway released the results of a local survey indicating that Charleston residents support allowing the rentals in all parts the city.

Maine coast has a complicated relationship with tourism
News :: August 19, 2017

It’s the middle of August and the annual invasion of “summer people” clogs both lanes of coastal Maine’s well-worn U.S. 1. Some pull their cars onto graveled overlooks for a needed stretch and a stunning view of the Atlantic shore.

Toughen up test for new hotels
News :: August 11, 2017

Charleston’s newest boutique hotel, which will occupy the upper floors of the former Bob Ellis shoe store on King Street, got the greenlight this week from the city Board of Zoning Appeals. It’s the fourth new hotel approved by the board in the past three months.

The return of the grand hotel? 'Top-level' project planned for City Market
News :: August 7, 2017

After months of speculation about what’s planned for an empty parking lot near the City Market — a 150-room hotel has been the most popular theory — project managers are unveiling their plans to neighborhood and historic groups.

ConNECKted Exhibit At City Gallery More Than Your Typical Art Show
News :: August 4, 2017

The artistic presentation “conNECKted: Imaginings for Truth and Reconciliation” opened at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Waterfront Park July 22 and will be on exhibit through August 27. But to label the presentation an art exhibit is an understatement – it is an expression of art as activism.

18-room hotel OK'd for Charleston's former Bob Ellis building
News :: August 3, 2017

An 18-room boutique hotel will breathe new life into the vacant Bob Ellis Shoes store at King and George streets in the heart of the peninsula's historic shopping district.

Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals gave the project unanimous approval Tuesday.

Cannon Street property owner sues city of Charleston over decision to deny short-term rental
News :: August 3, 2017

An Atlanta-based company that owns property on Cannon Street is challenging the city of Charleston's decision to reject a request to build a short-term rental on the lot in the Cannonborough-Elliottborough neighborhood.

Apres Midi LLC, the owner of 118 Cannon St., filed an appeal in the Charleston County Court of Common Pleas last week.

Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risks Becoming 'Disneyland on the Sea'
News :: August 2, 2017

VENICE — “You guys, just say ‘skooozy’ and walk through,” a young American woman commanded her friends, caught in one of the bottlenecks of tourist traffic that clog Venice’s narrow streets, choke its glorious squares and push the locals of this enchanting floating city out and onto drab, dry land. “We don’t have time!”

Neither, the Italian government worries, does Venice.

City of Charleston adding credit card readers on all downtown parking meters
News :: August 1, 2017

By the end of the year, drivers will no longer have to resort to digging in their floorboards for loose change to feed the parking meters in downtown Charleston. 

The city expects to install new readers that accept debit, credit and prepaid SmartCards on all 1,700 parking meters on the peninsula over the next few months.

Renew Urban Charleston Standing Firm on the Integrity of Historic Charleston's Buildings
News :: July 30, 2017

Renew Urban Charleston is in the process of renovating and repairing Charleston — all while staying in the guidelines of maintaining historic integrity.

Study finds Charleston's hospitality workers are overburdened by high cost of parking downtown
News :: July 30, 2017

Downtown Charleston is the regional hot spot for luxury hotels, upscale dining and bar-hopping — a major draw for the roughly 5 million people who visit the Lowcountry each year.

But while they lounge in their $300-a-night rooms or indulge in the city's award-winning cuisine, thousands of workers behind the $3.6 billion industry are driving onto the peninsula every day, hunting for parking spots that won't eat up too much of their day's wages.

Another hotel in Charleston's City Market gets a green light
News :: July 19, 2017

Another hotel in the Charleston City Market has been approved after the developers convinced a board that it won’t significantly add traffic to a nearby neighborhood.

The Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously agreed this week to allow a 50-room hotel that includes the former Wild Wing restaurant building on North Market Street and the site of the former Molly Darcy's Irish Pub on East Bay Street. The board deferred the request in January because of traffic concerns.

Building Boom in Boston Casts Shadows on History and Public Space
News :: July 11, 2017

Laws that restrict new construction from creating shadows on two of the city’s cherished public parks may be changed for a proposed 775-foot tower.

The Agenda: Southern economics will be affected by climate change; Millions on the roads; Budget vetoes waiting
News :: June 30, 2017

Is Charleston being spoiled by its success asks USA Today?

Help plan for transportation
News :: June 22, 2017

If there’s one thing that almost everyone in the Charleston metro area can agree on, it’s that traffic is a problem and transportation improvements are desperately needed. This week, and throughout the summer, local residents have the chance to turn frustrations into a plan for action.

Connectivity, lack of infrastructure main issues behind Lowcountry traffic
News :: June 21, 2017

It’s no secret that traffic is one of the biggest issues in the Lowcountry. But representatives of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments want to know what areas are the worst.

Plans to develop $1B Lorelei project off Charleston's upper peninsula fall apart over access road
News :: June 5, 2017

For the third time in a decade, a proposal to develop a prime piece of real estate on Charleston's upper peninsula has fallen apart.

Charleston bike share launch challenges users to burn 1 million calories combined in first year
News :: May 30, 2017

Years in the making, the city of Charleston's first official bike share program, Holy Spokes, launched with a ceremony at the Medical University of South Carolina on Tuesday. As part of the launch, MUSC Chief Executive Officer Patrick Cawley challenged bike share users to burn 1 million calories combined using the bikes during the first year.

Revitalize West Ashley 'gateway'
News :: April 25, 2017

The empty former Piggly Wiggly at the intersection of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road in West Ashley is an unfortunate metaphor for the neglect that suburban part of Charleston has endured for too long. As one of the “gateways” to the city for people arriving from I-26, the site deserves better.

More than 6,000 apartment units to rise in city of Charleston
News :: November 11, 2016

Nearly three-dozen apartment developments with 6,251 units are either planned or under construction in the city of Charleston. Their combined footprint is 261 acres: equal to three Citadel Malls or four Hampton Parks, a Post and Courier analysis has found.

Will Charleston get its Low Line? Deal goes before City Council on Tuesday
News :: October 7, 2016

Those hoping to create the Lowcountry Low Line have fewer than four months to act before their option to buy the land expires.