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.

Forged in Charleston, American College of the Building Arts hit a milestone in 2018
News :: December 9, 2018

Founded in 2004, the college has boasted a 100 percent job placement rate within students’ fields of study for its last three graduating classes. Alumni have gone on to lucrative careers in preservation or high-end building, and some, including Woodall, have traveled abroad to learn from the best.

New property taxes in outer West Ashley to pay for Church Creek drainage solutions
News :: December 7, 2018

The Preservation Society of Charleston also voiced support for the new district, and encouraged the city to find similar creative funding strategies for drainage issues throughout the city.

In SC, many train depots have been preserved, repurposed
News :: December 7, 2018

There are 23 old train depots across the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And many others also might survive, even though they no longer function as train stations.

SC land slipping away from families amid fragile claims and explosive growth
News :: December 6, 2018

Nearly 120 years after the Civil War ended, a 1984 study estimated that heirs' property still accounted for 41 percent of black-owned land in the South. Since that time, population growth has soared in South Carolina’s coastal counties, making heirs' land increasingly desirable to developers.

Charleston is a top 10 US city for shopping local, according to new study
News :: December 6, 2018

A few years ago King Street was named one of the top shopping districts in America. Now, a new survey places Charleston among the top places to shop locally.

Charleston drops plan to buy historic East Side school, saying it’s too costly to renovate
News :: December 6, 2018

The historic Henry P. Archer School building on Charleston's East Side won't be redeveloped by the city, but it could still be brought back to life as a housing development. 

Charleston's Crosstown drainage project needs another $30 million and six more years
News :: December 5, 2018

Original plans set the budget at $154 million, with a completion date of 2020. Now it's not expected to be done until at least 2024 and run about 20 percent more expensive than anticipated.

Few entry-level homes are being built in the Charleston area. Here's why.
News :: December 4, 2018

The median price of a house in the region jumped 6 percent through the first 10 months of the year to $265,000, and the number of homes on the market dropped 5 percent to about 5,700 in October, measurably down from the 6,500 needed to keep supply and demand in check across the region.

Just outside Beaufort, America's 'Lost Century' is slowly being found
News :: December 2, 2018

It’s a story of South Carolina’s first European settlement, one that took root a century before the English established Charles Towne, or Jamestowne or the Plymouth Colony, for that matter.

Charleston hotel supply growth among fastest in the U.S., reports say
News :: December 2, 2018

Charleston’s hotel supply grew about 5 percent compared to the same quarter last year, just slightly faster than Boston.

State preservation tax credit helping to preserve historic Charleston homes
News :: December 1, 2018

Since it was established in 2003, the South Carolina Historic Rehabilitation Incentives Act has enabled 91 Charleston homes to be repaired to maintain their historic character and reflect America's past.

How much does tidal flooding cost Charleston? Nobody really knows.
News :: November 30, 2018

Last weekend's tidal flooding--which included the sixth highest tide on record in Charleston--was driven by a perfect storm of meteorological factors, even though no rain fell.

Preservation SC puts historic Edgefield hotel on the market
News :: November 25, 2018

Built in 1919, the Plantation House Hotel has sat vacant for many years. But Preservation South Carolina, a nonprofit that works to preserve historic structures statewide, hopes to see the building restored to its former use.

Downtown Charleston church's proposed demolition back up for review
News :: November 25, 2018

The proposed demolition of a historically African American downtown Charleston house of worship is headed back to the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Thursday for consideration.

Demolition at Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District surprises preservationists
News :: November 23, 2018

For years, North Charleston resident and Navy veteran Don Campagna has fought to preserve the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District, a collection of 32 buildings built mostly to treat wounded servicemen during World War II

In auto-choked Charleston, the remains of a trolley network sit beneath the streets
News :: November 18, 2018

Commuters fuming in Charleston-area traffic can only imagine what it would be like to have a network of transportation alternatives including passenger trains, trolleys and ferry boats.

Charleston-area rents up nearly 4 percent from 2017, report says
News :: November 17, 2018


The Lowcountry looks to stay busy construction-wise in 2019, as new multifamily mid-rises are set to reach the highest point in close to two decades.

SC high court hears carriage company case against Charleston over stable
News :: November 12, 2018

A debate over the meaning of the word "stable" came before the state Supreme Court last week in a dispute between a carriage-tour owner and the city of Charleston. 

Development plans for historic plantation rankle Berkeley residents
News :: November 6, 2018

Moncks Corner officials said they have not yet seen the plans for the 800-acre tract, which stretches to the Cooper River. Some speculated the development could include as many as 1,200 homes.

South Carolina Historical Society Opens Museum in Newly Restored Charleston Fireproof Building
News :: November 1, 2018

Nearly 200 years later, the South Carolina Historical Society, which now owns the 9,000-square-foot building, decided to convert it to a state history museum. It moved its 2 million-piece archive from the Fireproof Building to the nearby College of Charleston, and then embarked on a $6.8 million rehabilitation, completed in June of 2018.

Some secrets may soon be unearthed at a very historic Charleston home site
News :: October 31, 2018

Pearce Development, which plans to build the hotel where the Pinckney family’s mansion stood until it burned in the 1861 fire, recently announced it has hired Brockington and Associates for the dig.

Charleston-area cities confront flooding in different ways. That's making it worse.
News :: October 30, 2018

Amid mounting public pressure, some efforts are emerging now to foster more collaboration among governments on flooding issues. But some think it’s time for Charleston-area leaders to consider an even more unified approach. 

Charleston's top flooding official resigns after hearing mayor's plans to replace her
News :: October 30, 2018

The director of Charleston’s Public Service Department, the city's highest-ranking engineer who guides decisions about drainage and flood prevention, resigned on Monday after nearly three decades on the job.

6 hot spots where Charleston's region is changing the most
News :: October 19, 2018

Recent Census estimates have told part of the story, as the Lowcountry is home to some of the nation’s most rapidly growing cities and counties. But there’s more to the story than numbers alone; there’s the changing feel of places.

Half of people in Charleston say they'd ride a bus downtown, but most currently drive alone
News :: October 17, 2018

The Charleston Parking Study examines current and future parking trends for peninsula residents, businesses and employees. It could lead to changes in where people can park, how long they can stay in one space and how much they'll pay.

Lowcountry state representatives form new flood prevention taskforce
News :: October 15, 2018

Chaired by Sandy Senn under the direction of Peter McCoy, the "Countywide Intergovernmental Flood Protection Taskforce Committee" intends to meet quarterly with the purpose of bringing together government agencies and citizens to discuss flooding and ways to fix existing infrastructure.

 Charleston area leaders take step toward finding regional solutions to flooding crisis
News :: October 15, 2018

The Countywide Intergovernmental Flood Prevention Task Force Committee, comprised primarily of state senators and representatives, met for the first time Monday to discuss the new group’s mission to help residents resolve flooding issues in their neighborhoods. 

Charleston's new short-term rental rules enforceable so far, but debate rages on
News :: October 14, 2018

Councilman Keith Waring proposed a number of sweeping changes to the ordinance last week that would remove some of its key features, reigniting a fiery debate that had mostly died down since the ordinance passed.

Netherlands' approach to flooding might pull Charleston out of 'negative spiral'
News :: October 12, 2018

"The Dutch don’t choose one water-handling method over another. They do it all," City Planner Jacob Lindsey said. 

Editorial: It's too soon to change Charleston's rules on short-term rentals
News :: October 8, 2018

Charleston’s new short-term rental rules are far from arbitrary or rushed. They are the product of a year of public input and debate.

Federal flooding study of Charleston peninsula could bring money for infrastructure
News :: October 8, 2018

The Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin an investigative study of the flood risks on the Charleston peninsula — a critical step to get the federal government’s help to protect the historic heart of the city from rising seas and worsening storms.

'Severely distressed' SC areas qualify for tax breaks -- even parts of downtown Charleston
News :: October 2, 2018

A thriving part of one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations has been named an Opportunity Zone — a “severely distressed” area where federal tax breaks are offered to developers and investors.

A focus on fall offerings for SC visitors; Citadel grad is new head of State Parks
News :: September 30, 2018

Visitors to Charleston are invited to participate in the Preservation Society’s 42nd annual Fall Tours, starting Oct. 4New this year is a tour highlighting award-winning homes and the first “Spirits Among Us” tour. 

 

Downtown Charleston church could soon see wrecking ball
News :: September 23, 2018

Macedonia AME Church will ask the city's Board of Architectural Review on Thursday to approve demolition of the structure at 48 Alexander St. The congregation is moving to a new facility in West Ashley.

How will South Carolina cope as 'extreme' weather becomes the new norm
News :: September 23, 2018

...when the winds die down and the waters recede, we mostly spend our money rebuilding in the same spots where disasters have struck time and again, with little heed to the lessons learned along the way.

Plans to expand Charleston's Waterfront Park receive final approval
News :: September 19, 2018

Federal regulators have issued the final approval for a plan to extend Joe Riley Waterfront Park to a portion of the State Ports Authority property next door, the city said Wednesday.

Another Charleston hotel planned for rapidly changing upper Meeting Street
News :: September 18, 2018

Another hotel could replace a dilapidated property in a rapidly changing section of upper Meeting Street.

Tropical Storm Florence's impact in the Charleston area: 'We got lucky'
News :: September 15, 2018

Instead of a predicted 2- to 4-foot storm surge on the barrier islands, inshore tides were 2 feet below normal, Sullivan’s Island reported, as Florence winds blew out to sea. On Isle of Palms, the Police Department reported only “light rain and wind” Saturday, and no significant damage.

Five Ways Cultural Institutions, Landmarks and Zoos Are Prepping for Hurricane Florence
News :: September 13, 2018

Kris King, executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, tells Charleston City Paper's Connelly Hardaway that museums, particularly those housed in historic estates, follow a general set of rules when preparing for storms.

How Charleston's stately historic homes are prepped for hurricanes like Florence
News :: September 12, 2018

People with historic homes in downtown Charleston prepare for hurricanes a little differently than your average homeowner. Kris King, executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, chatted with us this morning about hurricane prep for those who live South of Broad (and those similarly situated).

A look inside an old Charleston warehouse that's now a luxury home South of Broad
News :: September 8, 2018

Lee Tawes and Marsha Russell's home at 4 South Adgers Wharf was built around 1800. It used to serve as a warehouse on the Charleston Harbor. Tawes and Russell purchased it in 2014 and oversaw extensive renovations. The home will be featured in an upcoming tour of the Preservation Society of Charleston. 

New Charleston group fights to save creek, marshes from development on West Side
News :: September 7, 2018

A new coalition, Friends of Gadsden Creek, announced plans Thursday to oppose the development’s proposal to get rid of the creek that runs through the project site. The group, with about 60 members, includes residents, scientists, engineers, health care professionals and others, according to a release.

Massive Ocean Waves May Play a Role in Nuisance Flooding
News :: September 4, 2018

When huge planetary waves that spawn in the open ocean reach land, they can raise local sea levels along the coast. Could tracking these waves help scientists predict flooding months in advance?

A first look at the plans for the new waterfront park heading to West Ashley
News :: August 31, 2018

The first public park with direct access to the Stono River is coming to West Ashley. The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s new Stono River County Park will take shape on an 85½-acre property off Main Road on the coast of West Ashley, overlooking Johns Island near the Limehouse Bridge.

Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don't Blame Cars.)
News :: August 31, 2018

One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Today, outside a few major urban centers, it is barely on life support.

Preservation Maryland offers alternatives to razing 10 Ellicott City historic buildings
News :: August 29, 2018

Preservation Maryland is offering Howard County a list of alternatives to razing 10 historic structures on Main Street in Ellicott City.

Houston Voters Back $2.5 Billion Plan to Bolster Flood Defenses After Harvey
News :: August 26, 2018

Voters in Harris County, which includes Houston, easily passed a $2.5 billion bond measure late Saturday to overhaul the region’s flood-protection system, a year after Hurricane Harvey battered Texas.

The PSC is hiring a Director of Historic Preservation
News :: August 25, 2018

The Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC) seeks a Director of Historic Preservation (DHP) to oversee its preservation initiatives.

App aims to find cheaper parking in Charleston but rules stand in the way
News :: August 24, 2018

There are potential roadblocks in Charleston as well. Jacob Lindsey, planning director for the city of Charleston, said that city’s residential zones would also technically ban commercial activity like renting out parking space. 

Charleston airport saw 20% jump in passenger traffic in July
News :: August 24, 2018

Passenger traffic climbed 20 percent in July at Charleston International, extending a double-digit growth spurt for South Carolina’s busiest airport. 

SC Supreme Court to weigh in on Charleston cruise ship terminal debate
News :: August 21, 2018

A case that will help decide whether the State Ports Authority builds a new terminal for cruise ships near downtown Charleston is headed to the state’s Supreme Court.

Charleston City Market hotel project clears first hurdle
News :: August 19, 2018

The Planning Commission unanimously voted last week to grant the zoning changes to allow the 115 rooms that are planned and a height of up to four stories. The developers plan to ask the Board of Architectural Review for another half story, which BAR could grant “based on architectural merit.”

20 things to know before daring to park in Charleston
News :: August 16, 2018

Altogether, downtown motorists discover about 400 parking tickets on their windshields each day. And this time of year is when the parking crunch is felt anew, as grade schools and colleges start back up and locals return from vacation.

A downtown Charleston home will be torn down after flooding left the owner unable to sell
News :: August 16, 2018

Scores of homes in Charleston’s historic district have been damaged from flooding during the past three years. Some of them have since been jacked up and placed on new foundations, but none have been lost. At least not until now.

Charleston might ask Johns Island developers to help pay for area's infrastructure
News :: August 14, 2018

Johns Island is now the fastest growing area of the city of Charleston, but residents are still living with the infrastructure of a small, rural island. To speed up public improvements such as new roads and drainage systems, the city is considering creating a municipal impact district, or MID, on the part of the island seeing most of the new development.

Hotel plans for Charleston City Market parking lot gain neighborhood, city backing
News :: August 13, 2018

The Planning Commission would have to agree to let the city abandon the right of way, rezone the resultant single lot to allow up to 150 rooms and grant the additional height up to four stories. The Board of Architectural Review could approve an additional half story based on architectural merit.

Two age groups driving South Carolina population growth bring different housing needs
News :: August 12, 2018

Two very different demographic groups dominate South Carolina’s growing population, bringing with them implications for the state’s home building industry.

More hotels proposed for the Charleston region
News :: August 12, 2018

The Liberty by Hilton Club project that will replace the Starbucks and the Charleston Digital Corridor offices at Calhoun and East Bay streets is moving ahead.

Charleston's plan for vacant East Side site falls apart, Harvard experts step in
News :: August 9, 2018

“We’re all frustrated. I think the East Side has been patient for too long,” she said. “We understand … but it just seems like we’re always put on the back burner. That may not be true, but that’s how it feels to us.”

Charleston parking lot nearly doubles in price in three years
News :: August 9, 2018

The Heights Equities affiliate paid $4.06 million for the less-than-one-third-acre lot with 40 parking spaces, or just over $100,000 a space.

The Global Tourism Backlash
News :: August 7, 2018

Tourism is highly concentrated in a handful of destination cities around the world. Today, roughly half (46 percent) of all global tourism is concentrated in the top 100 cities, where tourism grew almost 25 percent faster than the worldwide rate.

Charleston luxury apartments on rise for students, but imperfect fix to housing shortage
News :: August 2, 2018

The College of Charleston, for instance, expects about 11,000 students for the fall semester, but the school only has the capacity to house about a third of them.

 
Frank Lloyd Wright's only Lowcountry home is about to get twice as accessible
News :: August 2, 2018

Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts will soon have a chance to tour his only home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry on an annual basis. The home was previously only open for public tours once every other year.

New WestEdge building to break ground today in Charleston -- under a tent
News :: August 2, 2018

The third multistory building set to rise in the developing WestEdge community on the Charleston peninsula will officially be launched today — under a tent because of all the recent rain.

Commentary: Flooding crisis a threat to Charleston's survival and not enough is being done
News :: August 2, 2018

Flooding has reached a crisis point in the Charleston region. This is true not only on the historic peninsula, but also in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, James and Johns islands and unincorporated parts of the county.

Risky Waters
News :: August 1, 2018

There are signs of development seemingly everywhere on Johns Island, at the edge of Charleston, S.C. Traffic on and off the island routinely backs up. Balloons and arrows posted on utility poles direct motorists to open houses. Signs advertise single-family homes from the low $200s, a bargain compared to those a short drive away in central Charleston.

Project shores up Brick House Ruin on Edisto Island to buy time for preservation
News :: July 30, 2018

EDISTO ISLAND — Last week, for the first time in years, Simons Young stepped inside the shell of the structure known as Brick House without any sense of impending doom.

Who in Charleston deserves to suffer from flooding crisis?
News :: July 30, 2018

Now is not a time for trivial talk of wet lawns or photo-ops in hip waders or hardhats; there are real people whose lives are being destroyed in places like Shoreham, Shadowmoss, James and Johns Islands and the downtown East Side neighborhood.

Even the suburbs can be walkable
News :: July 28, 2018

Really, even people who live on the peninsula generally need a car every now and then. And realistically, no amount of creative transportation thinking is going to completely change that — ever. But just because cars are going to remain a part of Lowcountry life doesn’t mean that they have to be a part of every trip to every destination.

Daniel Island Ferry billed as 'future of transportation' for downtown workers
News :: July 27, 2018

On Friday, crew members returned to the scene, this time as part of an experiment called “Boat to Work,” where almost 40 passengers boarded the Ms. Evelyn in the early morning mist for a ride from the island to downtown Charleston. 

Emanuel showcases $70 million stormwater diversion tunnel in Albany Park
News :: July 24, 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday cut a ceremonial ribbon to showcase a $70 million underground pipeline that has already proven its worth in alleviating flooding that has plagued Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

With The HOP consistently behind schedule, CARTA to review park-and-ride shuttle's route
News :: July 23, 2018

Razmyar says he’s been late to work four times this month because The HOP didn’t arrive as promised.

Charleston should get ready for a million residents
News :: July 22, 2018

Before too long, more than a million people will live in the Charleston metro area. It’s likely to be a decade or more before the region crosses that population threshold. But we need to start thinking of ourselves as a mid-size city sooner rather than later.

Regional planning needed to halt the ‘sprawl, y’all’
News :: July 21, 2018

Housing volumes are growing dramatically while real transit concepts remain on the back pages of regional agendas, such as they might exist.

Up to 8 inches of rain inundates Charleston area, flooding roads, cars and homes
News :: July 20, 2018

Thunderstorms on Friday dropped a half foot of rain on the Lowcountry, submerging thoroughfares during morning traffic, inundating cars and homes, and adding to the already hefty financial toll of flooding in Charleston.

Don’t get stuck in Charleston
News :: July 20, 2018

Here are our top tips for not getting stuck in Charleston: A-Number-1: Don’t go through standing water. Charleston floods. Our drainage system is old, and even when it’s not high tide, it frequently can’t handle even a small summer shower.

105,000 Homes Await Construction in the Charleston Metro Area
News :: July 18, 2018

Are Charleston-area residents prepared to welcome another quarter-million neighbors? They'll need to be, because plans to build nearly 105,000 homes have already been approved by towns, cities and counties throughout the three-county Charleston metro area.

Charleston zoning board reluctantly approves another hotel, says options are limited
News :: July 18, 2018

The board that approves new hotels in Charleston says they’re aware of the perception that too many hotels are being built on the peninsula, but all they can do is minimize the effects unless council changes the rules for approval.

Hicks column: Bikers must merge with commuters for better infrastructure
News :: July 18, 2018

Right now, the community is trying to secure a $12 million federal grant to help build a cycling bridge across the Ashley. We’ve been turned down once already.

One of Charleston's most intriguing archaeological sites could be lost forever
News :: July 16, 2018

"I think this (Pinckney mansion) site — and the former Charleston Cooks site — are prime examples of the need for an archaeological ordinance. These were both early sites on the colonial waterfront that we need to know more about..."

Why more affordable housing in SC isn't getting built where it's needed most
News :: July 16, 2018

It might seem like common sense. If there's such a high demand for affordable housing, then shouldn't developers be scrambling to supply it?

Town of Mount Pleasant to consider yearly limit on housing permits
News :: July 16, 2018

The Town of Mount Pleasant is considering putting a yearly limit on the number of permits they approve for new housing projects.

Can South Carolina's ghost towns see their spirits revived?
News :: July 15, 2018

Even though the number of applications for preservation projects has doubled in recent years, many sites across the state remain in dire need of attention.

Charleston BAR doesn't want to tear down historic school for affordable housing
News :: July 12, 2018

The historic Henry P. Archer School building on Charleston's East Side won't be torn down for an affordable housing development. 

Hicks column: Charleston accepts its bigliest award yet, and it's yuge
News :: July 12, 2018

So much winning. Our friends at Travel + Leisure magazine have named us the No. 1 U.S. city in the world for the sixth time in a row. It’s great, isn’t it?

Historic Charleston SCE&G building next to Gibbes Museum targeted for condos
News :: July 11, 2018

The historic SCE&G building next to the Gibbes Museum of Art on Meeting Street could be converted into condominiums, according to a potential developer.

New short term rental rules take effect Tuesday in Charleston
News :: July 10, 2018

New, stricter rules go into effect Tuesday for people in Charleston who want to use their homes as short-term rentals. After complaints, the city is going to crack down on those who don't have permits to operate their homes as Air BNB's.

Charleston seeking ideas for how to revive former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley
News :: July 9, 2018

The city of Charleston wants residents' help deciding how to turn a former grocery store site into a community destination for West Ashley.

SC lawmakers fail to reach deal on using tourism-related taxes to fund flooding projects
News :: July 8, 2018

With sea levels rising, state lawmakers in South Carolina are seeking to use tourism-related taxes to help pay for projects that could reduce the number of flooded streets and damaged homes in Charleston and other coastal communities.

Expanded hotel project near South Carolina Aquarium takes another step forward
News :: July 6, 2018

The redevelopment of a former public housing project near the South Carolina Aquarium is entering the backstretch, with new investment activity on a parcel where a hotel is expected to go.

News :: July 6, 2018

“Biscayne Green was created to showcase not just what a safer Biscayne Boulevard could look like, but also how providing more public space for residents could transform Downtown Miami. For the pilot project’s duration, Downtown Miami was buzzing,” notes the project team.

$643,000 in grants will preserve African-American civil rights history in SC
News :: July 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service spread $12.6 million across 24 states to fund 51 different projects that will document the African-American struggle for equality. 

Has Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg delivered on his campaign promises?
News :: June 30, 2018

Mayor John Tecklenburg’s campaign literature “A Plan for Charleston” contains several measurable goals. Here’s a sampling, followed by updates on whether they’ve been achieved so far. 

Coastal SC's traffic hell surges with explosive Charleston growth, beach vacationers
News :: June 29, 2018

The three main barrier islands in the Charleston area — Folly, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island — are all communities with year-round residents. But by their nature, all three locations have limited connections to the rest of the region.

Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg will seek re-election. Here's how his first term is going.
News :: June 29, 2018

The plot thickened almost immediately after he took office. Council vs. mayor. Tecklenburg has faced a skeptical City Council at almost every meeting he's led. 

Former Bi-Lo site in downtown Charleston sold to Greystar
News :: June 26, 2018

The long-awaited redevelopment of the former Bi-Lo supermarket on Meeting Street is coming back into play.

America's 11 most endangered historic places
News :: June 26, 2018

From a formerly enslaved person's home to the most famous US road, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has included both well-known and forgotten historic sites on its 2018 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

'Fix Flooding First:' Lowcountry-wide group pushes for action on drainage problems
News :: June 22, 2018

Neighborhood groups from Johns Island to Mount Pleasant have partnered with historic preservationists and conservationists in a new effort to convince Lowcountry leaders that addressing flooding problems should be their top priority. 

Coalition asking Charleston County Council to 'Fix Flooding First,' before roads
News :: June 22, 2018

Eleven organizations are partnering together to ask Charleston County Council to make flooding issues a priority in the Lowcountry.

Almost 9,000 South Carolinians live in homes at risk of flooding dozens of times a year by 2030, study says
News :: June 21, 2018

A new study chronicles the effects of climate change and rising seas on U.S. coastal properties, and the results are not looking pretty for South Carolina.

Sea level rise study shows Charleston area one of the riskiest places to live in Southeast
News :: June 18, 2018

Within the next three decades, nearly 8,000 homes in Charleston County could flood at least 26 times a year if the sea level rises by 2 feet, considered by climate experts to be a worst-case scenario.

What Alabama Can Teach You about Storm Resilience
News :: June 18, 2018

Resilience efforts are often siloed, Hodde notes, and meetings with different parties in the room “knocked down those barriers.” Hodde calls it “resilience based on community.” He says, “it’s enabled us to connect the dots, get the right people in the room, and build trust.”

Charleston ranks 36th of 250 metro areas in apartment rent growth
News :: June 17, 2018

The median price for a two-bedroom unit in the region is up to $1,130, up 1.8 percent over the past month and 3.6 percent higher year over year, the San Francisco-based rental unit service said in a new report.

Eight-story building proposed for downtown Charleston
News :: June 14, 2018

An eight-story building is being proposed to take over where Hughes Lumber used to be on Mary Street in Downtown Charleston, between King Street and Meeting Street.

King tides and rain could test Charleston's new flood control valves
News :: June 12, 2018

Notoriously flooding Beaufain Street and other downtown Charleston low spots get the test in the early evening for the next few days. King tides sweep in starting Wednesday.

Charleston's tourist taxes could help city fix flooding
News :: June 11, 2018

"It’s not a slam dunk, but I’m optimistic," Kimpson said. "You can have the best Spoleto, but if you can’t get to it because of flooding, you can’t have a festival."

Charleston residents help set framework for revamped West Ashley Bikeway, Greenway
News :: June 11, 2018

West Ashley's linear parks might see a facelift in the near future that would improve their appeal and functionality.

Sun setting on Charleston's notorious 'sunny day' flooding spots
News :: June 8, 2018

Earlier this year, the city installed 17 check valves at assorted locations around Cannon Park and Colonial Lake downtown and West Ashley's South Windemere neighborhood.

With a new Whole Foods opening, expect higher housing prices in West Ashley
News :: June 7, 2018

Recent national studies by real estate websites Zillow and RealtyTrac have found that property values tend to rise significantly whenever a specialty grocery store such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe's opens nearby. Other research has found the same to be true for Starbucks.

Barcelona Finds a Way to Control Its Airbnb Market
News :: June 6, 2018

Barcelona’s efforts to rid itself of illegal vacation apartments could be the most effective crackdown on Airbnb yet.

Charleston Wendy's site sold to hotel developer; 250 hotel rooms eyed for MUSC office tower
News :: June 4, 2018

The west side of the Charleston peninsula appears to be a new hot spot for hotels, with several projects proposed for the area totaling over 500 rooms in the works.

Mount Pleasant's plan to extend Long Point Road withers in face of resident opposition
News :: June 4, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT — Following an outpouring of opposition from residents living along Long Point Road, the town is putting the brakes on a $16.5 million road project.. that calls for running pavement across a corner of historic Boone Hall Plantation — treasured in the town as one of the few remaining large, green spaces

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester looks for public input on regional transit plan
News :: June 4, 2018

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments will hold an open house Wednesday seeking community feedback as part of an analysis of high-capacity rapid transit alternatives.

Taller buildings possible for North Charleston while S.C. beach communities limit going higher
News :: June 3, 2018

North Charleston has become the most recent South Carolina coastal city to modify its height rules. City Council voted May 24 to remove a large swath of land from the Ashley River Scenic District: from Interstate 526 to the Northbridge, which links North Charleston to Charleston via S.C. Highway 7

When Mount Pleasant was small and diverse, affordable housing was created
News :: June 3, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT — South Carolina's fourth-largest city was quite a different place in 1950, a racially diverse town with fewer than 1,900 residents. Even then, affordable housing was a problem.

Public asked to 'think big' for future of West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway
News :: June 2, 2018

Dramatic improvements to the West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway are on the horizon. The city and the Charleston Parks Conservancy are working on a master plan for the two linear parks.

Activists at East Side intersection ask motorists to 'please slow down'
News :: June 1, 2018

A crowd of 50 people braved 90-degree weather at the corner of Meeting and Brigade streets Friday evening for a rally intended to raise awareness for the lack of traffic signals signage at the intersection.

Planning For the Rising Tide To Lift More Boats
News :: May 30, 2018

“We live in a relatively built environment. There are a lot of areas along the Bay where there’s not a lot of room to build up or move back … ‘How do we live with water?’ is how a lot of the teams framed the question.”

Hicks column: West Ashley's silver lining in Mount Pleasant's 526 traffic woes
News :: May 30, 2018

But Gov. Henry McMaster’s call to finish Interstate 526 for once has even the most pessimistic highway proponents — public officials — hopeful.

Charleston County debates renovating, selling, demolishing former Charleston Naval Hospital
News :: May 30, 2018

Charleston County Councilman Teddie Pryor suggested Tuesday that the $66 million estimated cost of renovating the former Charleston Naval Hospital could be reduced by not upgrading the 10-story building's ability to withstand earthquakes.

Charleston allows more floodplain developments than other coastal cities
News :: May 29, 2018

Public Service Director Laura Cabiness defended the city's approach, arguing not all floodplains would be impacted by fill, so there's no need to regulate it in a uniform way. She said discouraging fill across floodplains would restrict the city's growth. 

Mount Pleasant is growing faster than Seattle--and Austin, Denver and Charleston
News :: May 29, 2018

It's more of a question. Are the pressures that come with rapid growth — traffic, crowded schools, soaring home prices, diminished quality of life — due to how fast the population grows, or the number of people added to the population?

South Carolina is the 7th most popular state for new residents
News :: May 28, 2018

South Carolina's population continues to swell, and it remained a Top 10 most-popular destination for people on the move last year.

More hurricanes than usual this year? NOAA says maybe
News :: May 25, 2018

This hurricane season isn't likely to be much worse than usual — but it could be, federal forecasters said Thursday.

For Charleston travelers, traffic inconvenience turns into 'worst-case scenario'
News :: May 24, 2018

Some said they hadn’t seen traffic so bad in decades.

Audio-guided smartphone experience gives voice to Charleston's iconic statues
News :: May 24, 2018

Eight of Charleston's statues and markers soon will come to life, at least for people holding smart phones.

Charleston area, Upstate cities see explosive growth, while Columbia loses residents
News :: May 24, 2018

New residents poured into South Carolina's coastal and Upstate towns and cities in 2017, adding to a population that's passed the 5 million mark, new census estimates show.

Charleston to build affordable houses in West Ashley, financed by apartment developers
News :: May 21, 2018

"We have been eagerly awaiting the construction of seven affordable homes in this neighborhood," said resident and neighborhood association President Diane Hamilton.

New Orleans City Council to consider ban on most whole-home short-term rentals in historic neighborhoods
News :: May 21, 2018

The New Orleans City Council will consider a motion that could result in a ban on the issuance of two types of licenses for short-term rentals in the most popular neighborhoods.

Hicks column: Charleston's bridge over troubled waters is just the tip of the iceberg
News :: May 21, 2018

Right now, the Lowcountry is gridlocked. There are only two ways to get between Mount Pleasant and the area's two job centers — and one of them is shut down. The state came in last week and closed the westbound Interstate 526 bridge over the Wando River.

Hospital wants to demolish vacant Charleston office building to create parking
News :: May 20, 2018

A vacant, four-story office building in downtown Charleston soon could be history along with a neighboring structure.

Why no new hotels have been announced in Charleston for several months
News :: May 19, 2018

No new hotels have been announced in Charleston for several months, but that doesn’t mean the boom is over locally and in other parts of South Carolina, according to planners and developers watching the market.

Upscale townhouse development planned for Charleston's lower peninsula
News :: May 13, 2018

The Beach Co. plans to build 20 single-family attached townhomes on St. Mary's Field, where Broad Street and Lockwood Boulevard meet on the southwestern peninsula.

Pass flood relief bill quickly
News :: May 11, 2018

The state’s legislative session officially ended Thursday, but there’s still a twinkle of hope lawmakers will OK a bill that would give Charleston a new stream of funding to help fight downtown flooding.

Downtown Charleston restaurant eyed for demolition and future development
News :: May 6, 2018

Developers will ask the city's Board of Architectural Review on Wednesday to demolish Sushi Blue Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood at 61 State St.

Where Commuting Is Out of Control
News :: May 6, 2018

Lack of affordable housing and sub-par mass transit are boosting the ranks of “super commuters” in some regions outside of pricey metros.

Hicks column: An honor for Septima Clark, 120 years in the making
News :: May 2, 2018

Her citizenship schools influenced King, made her the first woman on the SCLC board and is credited with helping three-quarters of a million African-Americans register to vote by the end of the 1960s.

Painter Jonathan Green portrays pioneering educator Septima Clark in new portrait
News :: May 2, 2018

Clark was the daughter of a formerly enslaved man and a woman of Haitian descent. In addition to teaching for nearly 40 years in the Charleston and Columbia areas, she organized hundreds of "citizenship schools" that taught literacy and helped register more than 50,000 black voters.

College of Charleston students envision ways to 'outshine' John C. Calhoun monument
News :: May 1, 2018

The debate about Confederate monuments tends to boil down to two sides: Leave them up or take them down. Nathaniel Walker, an architectural history professor at the College of Charleston, knew a lot of his students were caught somewhere in between.

Charleston ministries push elected officials to forge new affordable housing plans
News :: May 1, 2018

With housing prices in the Charleston area still hovering well above the national average, a coalition of local ministries has convinced elected officials in the Lowcountry's largest cities and towns to team up and do something about it.

Venice Erects Gates Against a Flood of Tourists
News :: May 1, 2018

Against this backdrop, Venice is also getting the wrong sort of international attention at a time when it is struggling to maintain its viability as a real city, rather than a floating museum. To do that, the city needs to better manage its tourist numbers.

Berkeley County neighborhood quietly building 4,500-home community near Charleston
News :: April 30, 2018

When finished in about 15 years, the 2,300-acre Carnes Crossroads community will be home to about 4,500 houses, a hospital, medical offices, apartments and retail tenants.

Regional affordable housing plan pushed by Charleston justice ministry
News :: April 30, 2018

The county's 2014 report found that half the region’s renters were living in housing they couldn’t afford, a much higher proportion than the national average. Since it was published, the costs to own or rent homes in the centrally located areas have only skyrocketed, even as new apartments have popped up to meet the demands of the growing region.

South Carolina metro areas are growing, but its cities struggle to keep pace and inequities arise
News :: April 29, 2018

South Carolina's urban areas have become the key driver of the state's economy, but aged annexation laws have prevented its cities from growing in an orderly way.

Charleston already has power to address Johns Island flooding. So why a moratorium?
News :: April 28, 2018

For months, Johns Island residents have been in an uproar about new subdivision developments that seem to be causing flooding problems that they say weren't there before the onslaught of construction.

Venice to separate tourists and locals over busy May Day weekend
News :: April 27, 2018

Can Venice save itself from its own popularity? With large crowds expect to descend on the city from April 28 to May 1, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro says "urgent measures to guarantee public safety, security and liveability" will be implemented.

Study: Charleston ranks No. 1 worst place in U.S. to start small business
News :: April 26, 2018

New York-based RewardExpert, a two-year-old start-up firm itself, studied 177 metropolitan areas across the U.S. with populations above 250,000 and found the Charleston region to be the unkindest for start-up ventures.

Charleston's income inequality gap is growing nearly as fast as Seattle's
News :: April 26, 2018

The gap between rich and poor in Charleston is widening, according to two new analyses of what people earn here, cementing a stubborn pattern of inequality in one of South Carolina's wealthiest and fastest-growing regions.

One of Charleston's most visible gateways may get a big facelift
News :: April 23, 2018

In its early history, people arrived in Charleston by ship and noticed the city's steeples. Today, most arrive on Interstate 26 and notice a growing cluster of tall buildings.

Charleston Park and Ride Lets Workers Save Big
News :: April 23, 2018

The five square miles that make up Charleston’s downtown peninsula — which sees an estimated 15,000 visitors daily — is grappling with severe traffic congestion and parking challenges that cost local commuters precious time and hard-earned money.

Charleston leaders look at pausing development in flood-prone parts of Johns Island
News :: April 23, 2018

Amid rising concerns about flooding on Johns Island, city of Charleston leaders on Monday asked legal staff to draft a new moratorium proposal that would temporarily halt developments in the island's flood-prone areas. 

8 historic places at risk in South Carolina as picked by preservationists
News :: April 21, 2018

Across all corners of the state, significant and diverse parts of South Carolina's history remain at risk.

Hicks column: Don't turn Charleston neighborhoods into theme parks
News :: April 20, 2018

Is Charleston going to be a living, breathing city--or a historic theme park?

Charleston OKs another big development in a Johns Island floodplain
News :: April 20, 2018

A controversial subdivision development with up to 205 homes will be allowed to move forward on a flood-prone property along Johns Island’s riverbanks.

Construction start date set for Hilton timeshare project on Charleston Starbucks site
News :: April 19, 2018

The pieces are falling into place for the 100-unit timeshare on the Starbucks site at East Bay and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston.

Charleston airport breaks single-day passenger screening record at TSA checkpoint
News :: April 18, 2018

With more airlines offering more flights to more destinations as tourist season kicks into high gear, Charleston International Airport set a new record for single-day passenger screenings earlier this week.

Sand mines necessary for development but rural Charleston area residents worry about safety
News :: April 16, 2018

As growth stretches its arms into the outer reaches of the Lowcountry, master planned communities now butt up against rural land holds, some that have housed generations of families.

40 Under 40: People Saving Places
News :: April 16, 2018

Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla is the proprietor and lead architectural historian of BVL Historic Preservation Research. Based in South Carolina, the firm specializes in historic property research, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and historic tax credit consulting.

Paris Could Pull 43,000 Airbnb Listings by This June
News :: April 12, 2018

Paris is cracking down. The city already restricts homeowners to renting out their homes for no more than 120 days a year, and officials are now taking Airbnb to court, with the claim that more than 43,000 homes listed on the site are unregistered with the government.

Charleston finally lifts ban on short-term rentals, but the new rules are strict
News :: April 11, 2018

After a year-long process to rethink the city’s strategy, the free-for-all is coming to close. Charleston City Council finalized a new set of rules Tuesday that allows short-term rentals citywide, but only under strict circumstances. It bans whole-home rentals and requires property owners to stay home whenever they host guests.

Leaders listen to ideas for making Charleston's Crosstown safer for pedestrians: 'We're here again'
News :: April 9, 2018

In the aftermath of yet another person being struck and killed on the Septima P. Clark Parkway last week, state and local officials visited the crash site Monday and heard suggestions of how to make the deadly Coming Street intersection safer for pedestrians.

Officials: Abandoned homes, vagrants, fires a big problem
News :: April 9, 2018

Charleston fire officials say vagrants starting fires in abandoned homes is a big problem. Investigators say a fire that destroyed a home at 645 East Bay Street Monday morning may have been the work of vagrants. The house was 118 years old.

Inside City Hall, boxes full of untapped history await North Charleston's city archivist
News :: April 7, 2018

"There's a perception that a lot of the history is in the original settlement," he said. "A lot of those people owned land outside Charles Town-proper. And a lot of that land was here." 

Charleston's new height rule bogs down hotel planned for ex-Dixie Furniture site
News :: April 7, 2018

The Board of Architectural Review has the power to approve an extra floor based on "architectural merit and context," city zoning administrator Lee Batchelder said, though it has yet to do so.

News :: April 3, 2018

The Preservation Society of Charleston is seeking a diligent, self-motivated and preservation-minded intern to work within our Advocacy and Preservation department this summer. Applications due April 17, 2018.

If you're moving out of Charleston, here's where you're most likely to go
News :: April 3, 2018

The Charleston region continues to grow like crazy, to the tune of 38 new people to the area a day. Much of that growth is going to Berkeley and Dorchester counties, thanks to their cheaper costs of living and larger inventories of developable land than Charleston County.

With bigger cruise ships heading to Charleston, some push for city to tax passengers
News :: April 2, 2018

Just after sunrise at the end of Market Street on Friday, the Carnival Ecstasy docked at the State Ports Authority's Union Pier and emptied thousands of passengers from a five-day cruise onto the city of Charleston's sidewalks.

Charleston apartment supply outpaces demand and rents are forecast to fall
News :: April 1, 2018

Loads of new apartments are coming online, being built or are in the pipeline for the Charleston region. But during the past six months, supply outpaced demand and could eventually bring down rental rates, according to Charlotte-based apartment research firm Real Data.

End delay on short-term rental rule
News :: March 28, 2018

Charleston officials and resident stakeholders have been studying the issues related to short-term rentals for more than a year. It’s a complex and important subject with a major impact on livability in a popular destination city, so the time and effort were more than warranted.

Charleston Needs That African American Museum. And Now.
News :: March 28, 2018

a subdued, modernist, 47,000-square-foot pavilion raised above the ground on thick columns clad in precast oyster-shell tabby will house the International African American Museum. A graceful project, long discussed and years overdue, the museum has brought together two very different talents...

Charleston City Council refines short-term rental ordinance but holds off final vote
News :: March 26, 2018

Charleston City Council reached a general consensus Monday night on how to regulate short-term rentals across the city but decided to postpone voting on the new rules until the next meeting.

Putting numbers on Charleston's short-term rental problem
News :: March 25, 2018

Either 1.5 million more tourists visited Charleston in 2017 than during the previous year, or the area’s short-term rental boom is as massive and impactful as critics have asserted. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Congress' Last-Minute Budget Bill May Actually Prove Good for Cities
News :: March 23, 2018

In a midnight vote to avert another looming government shutdown, Congress overwhelmingly approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill that, for once, didn’t shortchange cities.

North Charleston moves ahead with 10-year lease for improvements to former Navy base
News :: March 22, 2018

North Charleston City Council voted unanimously Thursday to work with the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority to begin and complete various renovations on the former the Navy base.

Taking down the Sgt. Jasper apartment building in Charleston a painstakingly precise process
News :: March 21, 2018

One of downtown Charleston's tallest buildings is coming down with more of a protracted hum than a sudden thud.

Charleston's key traffic fix for Johns Island is nowhere near completion after a decade
News :: March 21, 2018

One of Johns Island's critically needed road projects isn't much closer to being built than when the plans were adopted about a decade ago. Meanwhile, the many new subdivisions in the fastest-growing part of the city have added thousands more cars to the equation.

Charleston's shuttle for downtown workers launches next month, parking meter rates double next day
News :: March 21, 2018

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority announced Wednesday its downtown park-and-ride shuttle is launching April 15. The following day the city will double parking meter rates from $1 to $2 per hour and extend its enforcement period to 10 p.m.

Charleston sues North Charleston for claiming outer West Ashley land
News :: March 21, 2018

The city of Charleston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have filed a lawsuit challenging the city of North Charleston's annexation of a rural West Ashley property. 

Nearly 900 apartment units proposed in 4 developments in Charleston area
News :: March 18, 2018

Close to 900 new apartment units are proposed in four new developments throughout the area from the peninsula to Daniel Island to West Ashley.

Earthquake insurance rates rise as S.C.'s risk heightens
News :: March 17, 2018

In 1886, a 7.3-magnitude quake startled Lowcountry residents one warm August evening just as everyone was about to go to bed.The ground underfoot will give way again, possibly on a similar scale within the next 50 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

PSC is Hiring
News :: March 16, 2018
Retail Sales Associate – Full-Time and Part-Time available
 
Unlike many retailers, The Preservation Society of Charleston store has been growing rapidly.
In fact, we have more than doubled our business in just the past twelve months alone. That said, we need to add personnel to help us keep growing our business.
Charleston visitor count up sharply as short-term renters are added to mix
News :: March 14, 2018

Charleston entertained almost 6.9 million visitors last year, a number that blows previous estimates out of the water because it includes short-term rentals for the first time, according to a new report.

City of Charleston plans to buy vacant East Side school for affordable housing
News :: March 12, 2018

The Charleston County School District and the city of Charleston are teaming up on a plan to turn an unused school building into affordable housing, and at the same time, shore up funds to restore Burke High School's football field.

Coastal floods to be nearly as common as high tides in South Carolina within 80 years, NOAA says
News :: March 9, 2018

Tidal flooding is accelerating along the South Carolina coast, including at Charleston, federal researchers say. The coast might flood nearly every day by the turn of the century almost 80 years from now.

As development races ahead, so do efforts to save African-American settlement communities
News :: March 9, 2018

After the Civil War and Reconstruction, newly freed slaves and their descendants settled into dozens of new communities around Charleston, and most of these communities still exist today, at least in part.

Downtown Charleston workers dread higher parking fees, but new bus service could offer solution
News :: March 8, 2018

With Charleston planning to double parking meter fees later this month and enforce them well into the evening, those who work in the bars, restaurants and hotels downtown fear they will be hit the hardest.

Affordable housing, public transit are priorities in Charleston County's new plan
News :: March 8, 2018

Providing more affordable housing and better public transit are priorities in a draft version of the updated Charleston County comprehensive plan.

Catholic Diocese of Charleston selling Broad Street mansion for $6.25 million
News :: March 6, 2018

If the listing gets anywhere near the asking price, it would be one of the most expensive home sales on the peninsula. The sign by Handsome Properties went up Monday on the wrought-iron fence.

Preservation Society of Charleston | Annual Report 2016-2017
News :: March 5, 2018

Click to view the Preservation Society of Charleston's 2016-2017 annual report

Standing by 'our families' if not our neighborhoods
News :: March 4, 2018

A long line of little guys (and gals) queued up at the microphone last week to plead with City Council to protect their property rights and allow them to cash in on the Airbnb economy. It is the big guys you don’t see that you want to watch — if you can.

Another man-made flooding fiasco in the making on Johns Island
News :: February 28, 2018

Developers are using building methods that disrupt the land's natural capacity to absorb water, causing a compounding problem as more subdivisions multiply without a coordinated drainage plan in the fastest-growing part of the city.

New rules to legalize, regulate short-term rentals in Charleston pass first City Council review
News :: February 26, 2018

A new set of rules that would allow short-term rentals across Charleston for the first time won initial approval Monday.

80 years after first opening, Charleston's Old Slave Mart Museum adds new layers of history
News :: February 23, 2018

When Charleston's Old Slave Mart Museum opened its doors on Feb. 21, 1938, the privately run tourist attraction was a ball of contradictions.

What Land Will Be Underwater in 20 Years? Figuring It Out Could Be Lucrative
News :: February 23, 2018

In Charleston, S.C., where the ports have been expanding to accommodate larger ships sailing through the newly widened Panama Canal, a real-estate developer named Xebec Realty recently went looking for land to build new warehouses and logistics centers.

Charleston named finalist in national contest for its tidal flooding alerts idea
News :: February 21, 2018

The city of Charleston has an idea that caught the attention of Bloomberg Philanthropies: Tailored alerts for residents about tidal flooding.

South Carolina tourism spending continues to break records, agency reports
News :: February 21, 2018

Tourism spending in South Carolina — the state's biggest industry — continues to break records, according to the latest figures released Wednesday morning.

Major renovations give new life to some of Charleston's historic houses
News :: February 18, 2018

“The preservation movement began here and these projects illustrate why Charleston remains a national leader in preservation,” says King. “Simply put, authenticity matters here and these homeowners have gone above and beyond to preserves pieces of it.”

Demolition sought on upper King Street buildings in Charleston
News :: February 18, 2018

Evening Post Industries, parent company of The Post and Courier, will ask Charleston's Board of Architectural Review Wednesday to demolish four structures from 631 to 637 King.

Editorial: Charleston area faces an affordability crisis
News :: February 18, 2018

It’s a great time to try to sell a house in the Charleston area. It’s not such a great time to try to buy one. And good luck paying the rent in the meantime.

The
News :: February 16, 2018

Why is it imperative to not only preserve black history, but to push it towards the forefront of preservation?

This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density
News :: February 15, 2018

At approximately 57 people/acre, this is more dense than the average densities of both Tokyo (25 people per acre) and Vancouver (22 people per acre), making it a fantastic example of how traditional urbanism can still be built and accommodate dense populations without the default of becoming a high-rise megacity.

'You learn how to survive': Cleveland Sellers recalls the Orangeburg Massacre in Citadel lecture
News :: February 14, 2018

The title of Sellers' guest talk Tuesday afternoon was "My Walk Through Civil Rights History," and it had a time stamp on it: Fifty years ago this month, state troopers opened fire on unarmed student activists from South Carolina State University who were protesting a segregated bowling alley in Orangeburg.

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking
News :: February 13, 2018

Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much remains unknown about how millions of enslaved Africans used it in their kitchens and how it got to those kitchens to begin with.

Johns Island moratorium looks dead, but concerns about development there remain very much alive
News :: February 13, 2018

Johns Island residents flooded into the Charleston City Council meeting Tuesday to argue for and against a proposed 6-month pause on new home-building there.

Charleston City Council adopts West Ashley Master Plan, vows not to 'put this on the shelf'
News :: February 13, 2018

Charleston's largest suburb now has an expansive master plans to shape its future.

Charleston will have to choose between flooding prevention and I-526
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.

Take time to get Johns Island right
News :: February 11, 2018

The Johns Island Community Plan adopted by Charleston City Council in 2007 is an excellent document for the most part. Too bad it has just been sitting on a shelf since then.

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.

Sunny day flooding could soon be history in Charleston as new valves hold back highest tides
News :: February 9, 2018

Charleston is making a relatively small investment, less than half a million dollars so far, to keep some streets from flooding on sunny days.

Charleston could halt development on Johns Island for 6 months over traffic concerns
News :: February 8, 2018

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will ask City Council on Tuesday for a six-month moratorium on residential developments on Johns Island, which could delay the construction of about 2,000 homes planned within the city's limits.

100-room timeshare on Starbucks site gets green light from Charleston board
News :: February 7, 2018

Plans for a 100-room timeshare on the site of the popular Starbucks at Calhoun and East Bay streets got a crucial thumbs-up from a Charleston zoning board Tuesday.

We Need Complete Neighborhoods
News :: February 7, 2018

Cities are divided into neighborhoods, and if you’ve ever spent time living in a walkable city without a car, you know that your quality of life is largely dependent on the amenities within your neighborhood — the walkshed of your home.

Senate committee OKs bill allowing tourism to fund drainage projects
News :: February 5, 2018

A bill that would allow municipalities to use tourism revenue to fund drainage projects and flood abatement efforts is working its way through the S.C. Legislature.

Fourteen projects honored by Preservation Society with Carolopolis Awards
News :: February 4, 2018

As it has for more than six decades, The Preservation Society of Charleston took a night to celebrate building projects — restorations, rehabilitations and new projects — that honor the traditions, history and lifestyle of The Holy City.

Rising development a growing threat to Charleston
News :: February 4, 2018

Charleston is being threatened by the universal force of water: storms, rains, flooding, and rising seas. We live in the Lowcountry, formed as the sea receded during the last Ice Age. We live on a remnant shoreline just a few feet above today’s sea level. Water flows downhill to the sea. Its path twists and turns, following the subtle path of least resistance above and below ground. It carves streams into the softer soils along the path of least resistance like the roots of trees through soil that also helps water seep into the land.

Planning Commission sends short-term rental rules to City Council
News :: February 1, 2018

The city's Planning Commission said that properties outside of the Old and Historic districts must only be five years old to qualify for a short-term rental license in a Wednesday night meeting.

Density's Next Frontier: The Suburbs
News :: February 1, 2018

According to a new study, the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis—and a potential solution.

'Imperfect' rules for Charleston's short-term rentals now in the hands of city's elected leaders
News :: January 31, 2018

A standing-room-only crowd showed up at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting to get in a few last requests before the vote. This was the fifth time the commission has considered the subject, following six months of work by a citizens committee.

The High Cost of Short Term Rentals in New York City
News :: January 30, 2018

A new report from McGill Urban Planning professor David Wachsmuth and his team provides an analysis of Airbnb activity in New York City and the surrounding region in the last three years (September 2014 - August 2017). 

Tackle short-term rentals soon
News :: January 27, 2018

As the Planning Commission and City Council continue the debate about short-term rentals, the alternatives are clear — protect our neighborhoods by adopting the STR Task Force’s and city staff’s recommendations or forever lose what makes our city special.

Boston Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals Like Airbnb
News :: January 26, 2018

Their message: investors on Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms are buying up property to serve as short-term rentals, putting even more strain on the already tight long-term housing market and displacing low-income residents in the process.

Long Savannah, a huge West Ashley development 13 years in the making, takes another step forward
News :: January 26, 2018

One of the largest planned developments in Charleston’s history is poised to change the landscape in outer West Ashley.

Charleston's International African American Museum gets $100,000 from First Citizens Bank
News :: January 25, 2018

Charleston's International African American Museum moves closer to its fund-raising goal with a $100,000 donation from First Citizens Bank.... At last count about $6 million more was needed before seeking bids for construction.

Public invited to discuss regional transit plan at open house on Monday
News :: January 24, 2018

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments will host an open house Monday to discuss the Regional Transit Framework Plan.

Charleston City Council votes to annex West Ashley properties to keep them from North Charleston
News :: January 24, 2018

Charleston City Council unanimously approved two annexations of outer West Ashley properties on Tuesday in an attempt to keep two parcels in the historic plantation district from joining North Charleston and being developed in the future. 

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 Mayor John Tecklenburg expected to set more livability goals in State of the City address
News :: January 23, 2018

“We do many things in city government every day, and all of these initiatives matter. But now is not a moment for big speeches about small things. Instead, it is a time for setting clear priorities. It's a time for speaking directly about our plans."

The Schoolhouse to be among Carolopolis Award winners
News :: January 21, 2018

For more than 60 years the Preservation Society of Charleston's prestigious Carolopolis Awards have been presented to centuries-old homes and buildings in the historic district of the peninsula. But at least one of the 14 awards this year, to be given Thursday night at the Riviera Theatre, has broken the mold and represents a sign that preservation efforts are branching beyond traditions.

Charleston board to review plans for accommodations on Starbucks site
News :: January 21, 2018

Charleston's Board of Architectural Review will consider a request to demolish the Starbucks at Calhoun and East Bay streets and plans for a 100-room hotel or timeshare on the site

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.

Building the Young Preservationist Movement
News :: January 18, 2018

When you look around at historic preservation events in your community, who do you see? Do you see a spectrum of individuals who represent the diversity of your community in terms of gender, ethnicity, profession, and age? If not, the time to work toward a more inclusive preservation movement is now! 

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.

Black history sites abundant in Charleston
News :: January 14, 2018

Charleston has a disproportionate number of black history sites compared with other parts of the state, largely because the harbor was a main point of entry for enslaved Africans, and because the area's rice plantations, which relied on slave labor, generated so much wealth.

News :: January 14, 2018

Illegal short-term rentals are a little like palmetto bugs — turn on the light and they go scurrying out of sight. Let me explain.

The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening this Year
News :: January 9, 2018

This year, the museums in destinations from Virginia to Malta showcase regional as well as global treasures. From the first Scottish outpost of the Victoria & Albert museum, in Dundee, to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, there’s something for everyone.

Charleston City Council will get three new members Tuesday. What do they want to do?
News :: January 7, 2018

Charleston, South Carolina needs all of its leaders working together for the entire city. We hope our new members will help keep the oars in the water in unison.

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.

Carolopolis Award by Charleston Magazine
News :: December 30, 2017

They’re affixed to structures throughout the Historic District and beyond: circular plaques mingling English and Latin around an engraving that resembles the City of Charleston’s seal. The image reflects our metropolis’s motto, Aedes mores juraque curat, which means, ”She guards her buildings, customs, and laws.” And it’s for the “guarding” of buildings that the Preservation Society of Charleston grants Carolopolis Awards; it’s bestowed 1,400 thus far and will add a dozen more to the count this January 25.

Why the West Ashley annexation battle could spell trouble for traffic, drainage and preservation
News :: December 23, 2017

Charleston and North Charleston are fighting over a huge territory in West Ashley in an epic annexation clash not seen since Charleston took Daniel Island in the early 1990s.

Charleston trying to annex huge West Ashley property before North Charleston has the chance
News :: December 20, 2017

With North Charleston poised to annex a large piece of undeveloped land in West Ashley, Charleston City Council made a pre-emptive strike Tuesday to take the area first.

What Charleston's proposed short-term rental rules would mean in your neighborhood
News :: December 20, 2017

The Charleston Planning Commission is expected to take its final vote Wednesday on one of the area's most contentious topics: a proposed ordinance regulating short-term rentals in the city.

Lobbying is completely unregulated in most S.C. cities, leaving room for possible corruption
News :: December 17, 2017

In most cities across South Carolina, lobbyists could meet with local officials behind closed doors without anyone knowing it.

The world's most popular tourist destinations are being 'loved to death'
News :: December 16, 2017

An influx of new travelers can have a major impact on the environment and locals’ livelihoods

Historic Henry Hutchinson house on Edisto Island now a happy camper as it awaits restoration
News :: December 14, 2017

Houses are built to provide shelter, but one of this island's most historic homes needed — and just received — a shelter of its own.

Protect historic tax credits
News :: December 13, 2017

Charleston’s representatives in Washington have been broadly supportive of Republican efforts to pass new tax legislation. No question, reform is needed.

These 10 Charleston artisans are creating goods with a Southern accent
News :: December 11, 2017

"The city is so rich with creative and unique talent, our store now focuses exclusively on local makers and their incredible crafts," said Andy Archie, Director of Retail Operations at the Preservation Society of Charleston. "The Makers program was envisioned as a way to provide a storefront on King Street for the many makers who couldn’t afford to be there on their own."

Major new hotel north of Charleston's Waterfront Park not roiling the waters
News :: December 9, 2017

For a city well known for heated battles over architecture and new hotels, the most recent project at one of Charleston's most visible and historic parcels has so far been met with remarkable calm.

Handmade for the holidays: Palmetto State offers plenty of gifts for home that go the extra mile
News :: December 2, 2017

It’s been happening in the Charleston area for years, but the movement, which one new shop owner in Greer likened to a “farm-to-table” movement for the home,  seems to be spreading across South Carolina.The renaissance, ranging from the traditional crafts of the Catawba people near Rock Hill and the Gullah of the Lowcountry to high quality furniture and more modern arts and crafts, offers South Carolinians opportunities to make their holiday shopping have more meaning and purpose.

What to know about Charleston's short-term rental rules before Planning Commission's review Monday
News :: December 1, 2017

The city of Charleston Planning Commission could finally vote on the proposed short-term rental ordinance at a special meeting Monday afternoon after deferring it twice in the past few months.

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.

Building Charities buys, restores and sells historic homes to benefit charities
News :: November 26, 2017

"The Building Charities business model is a perfect example of genius at work and is exactly what we encourage our students to do themselves. Mrs. Hazard is looking at an industry and using her creativity and innovation to disrupt a market, something every entrepreneur hopes to achieve," says Burr, adding, "There could be no finer memorial to Billie (Hazard) than restoring houses while also providing money to charities."

Short-term rentals threaten to drive up Charleston's high housing prices and displace residents
News :: November 25, 2017

Over the past few years, many homes traditionally rented by residents have been converted to short-term rentals. In popular neighborhoods, property owners can earn twice as much renting to visitors as they would leasing to long-term tenants, according to data from Airdna, a California-based consulting and analytics firm that tracks Airbnb rentals.

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.

Folly Beach's short-term rentals a 'huge moneymaker,' but city aims to rein in crowds, loud parties
News :: November 16, 2017

Folly Beach is taking steps toward cracking down on short-term rentals that disturb their neighborhood's tranquility with big crowds and loud music. City Council is weighing new rules that would apply to properties rented for fewer than 30 days. Hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfasts would be exempt. Protecting the quality-of-life, tracking short-term rentals and ensuring public health and safety are goals of the effort.

King Street lunch counter sit-in plaque replaced after two years
News :: November 15, 2017

Nearly two years after the original plaque, installed in 2013, was knocked down by a delivery truck, the The Preservation Society of Charleston reports that a new plaque is finally now in place.
 

Disagreements continue over how to best regulate and police short-term rentals
News :: November 8, 2017

A joint session of the Planning Commission and Short Term Rental Task Force underlined the continuing chasm between members of both bodies on how to best regulate short-term rentals

Charleston's housing crisis is on pace to mirror San Francisco's. Shunning development could make it worse.
News :: November 5, 2017

The Charleston region is quickly becoming a place only the wealthy can afford to live. With soaring housing prices, stagnant wages and a swelling population, the Lowcountry is barreling down the same path that made cities such as New York and San Francisco some of the most expensive places in the world to call home.

'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.

Want to trace the history of homes and land in South Carolina? There's a bounty of resources.
News :: October 28, 2017

In South Carolina, thanks to public records that go back more than 300 years, the potential for researching a building's history, and the lives of those who lived or worked there, is possible, too.

How Airbnb Affects Home Prices and Rents
News :: October 24, 2017

The home-sharing service's listings may take long-term rentals off the market in an area

There's a Smarter Way To Pick Infrastructure Projects
News :: October 23, 2017

How well do we prioritize what to build or fix? Not well at all, says a new report.

Why is 'Affordable' Housing So Expensive to Build?
News :: October 23, 2017

As costs keep rising, it's becoming harder and harder for governments to subsidze promects like they've done in the past.

City of Charleston Transportation Plan
News :: October 18, 2017

The City of Charleston has faced tremendous growth in the past twenty years and needs your help in determining transportation options for the future.

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.

Hicks column: Where do you park all that traffic rolling into Charleston?
News :: October 11, 2017

This is just how ridiculous it has become to park in downtown Charleston:

The city is currently trying to find 30 parking spaces for a business that wants to set up shop downtown. You know, economic development. The company already has office space, but nowhere for its employees to drop their cars during the day.

Charleston City Council approves plans to help fund Lowcountry Low Line, Ashley River pedestrian bridge
News :: October 11, 2017

Charleston City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to help fund the Lowcountry Low Line and an additional bridge over the Ashley River, setting two of the region's most ambitious bike and pedestrian projects on a path to reality.

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.

South Carolina Gullah Geechee commission hires new leader
News :: October 8, 2017

The group charged with preserving the culture of the enslaved Africans who worked the coastal rice plantations while also increasing economic opportunities is getting a new leader with multiple talents.

In Charleston, historic preservation versus rising seas: When is it OK to raise a historic home?
News :: October 8, 2017

Asked why he wants to raise his Rutledge Avenue home by 2½ feet, Jack Margolies gestured toward his neighbors.

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.

Charleston's first parking study in 20 years could bring new parking rules, higher fees downtown
News :: October 7, 2017

The process of updating the city of Charleston's parking system downtown for the first time in 20 years could vastly change where people can park, how long they can stay in one space, and how much they'll have to pay for it.

Build bike, pedestrian bridge
News :: October 7, 2017

Charleston County Council has been the only thing standing in the way of a safe route for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the Ashley River in the short term. A thoroughly vetted plan to convert one lane of the Legare Bridge for non-car traffic was senselessly voted down in August.

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.

What do you think about the Plan West Ashley Draft Report?
News :: October 6, 2017

Do you want to learn more? Do you have questions or comments? Your voice matters! There are upcoming opportunities throughout the month of October for community members to comment on the Plan West Ashley Draft Report.  

Bike, pedestrian bridge over Ashley River gets $3 million in Charleston County support
News :: October 6, 2017

A plan for an $18 million bike and pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River near the T. Allen Legare Bridge cleared a hurdle Thursday.

Mass transit for the future
News :: October 6, 2017

It’s going to be a while — about another seven years — before passengers step aboard Charleston’s first true mass transit system. That’s just the frustrating nature of building a major new infrastructure project in the current federal regulatory environment.

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. 

Stand-alone Ashley River bridge for cyclists and walkers proposed
News :: October 5, 2017

After decades of controversy and failed proposals, it might still be possible for cyclists and walkers to get a safe path across the Ashley River.

Urban Americans Want to Age in Their Neighborhoods
News :: October 5, 2017

Plenty of retirees still dream of retiring to a sun-soaked southern locale—witness the still-vigorous growth of cities like Phoenix, Arizona, and Fort Myers, Florida. But the vast majority of older Americans—more than 70 percent of those over 50, according to a 2014 AARP survey - plan to “age in place,” or stay in their homes or communities. 

Strong stand on rentals
News :: October 5, 2017

Months of work by the Charleston Short Term Rental Task Force culminated last week when the group voted to send to the Planning Commission a draft of what may well be one of the country’s toughest ordinances on the issue short of an outright ban.

Charleston History Commission grapples with reconciling Calhoun’s legacy and bigoted beliefs
News :: October 5, 2017

While their conversations may be rooted in the past, Charleston's History Commission is all too aware that their decisions will have a significant effect on the future of the city.

Love Urban Architecture? There Are Maps for That
News :: October 4, 2017

The most visibly arresting buildings are, paradoxically, sometimes the most overlooked in the modern cityscape.

Weigh in on Low Battery
News :: October 4, 2017

One of the most iconic locations in Charleston also happens to be a critical piece of flood prevention infrastructure and a prominent public space. It also needs to be replaced.

SCE&G extends sale process for downtown Charleston offices
News :: October 2, 2017

South Carolina Electric & Gas has extended the sale process for two office buildings it owns in the heart of the downtown Charleston tourism district.

The high bidder was scheduled to be decided late last week, but the arrival of Tropical Storm Irma on Sept. 11 "slightly delayed" the buyer notification period, spokesman Paul Fischer said Monday.

Here's How 1,379 Affordable Housing Programs Stack Up
News :: October 2, 2017

Anticipating a less affordable future, Philadelphia is considering requiring developers of residential projects of 10 units or more to set aside 10 percent of units at rents or purchase prices below market rate. New Orleans has a similar voluntary program right now — and it could become permanent. In Boston, developers can pay into an affordable housing fund to get zoning clearance to build bigger.

Preservation Society of Charleston's fall home tours are far more than eye candy
News :: September 30, 2017

For the first time since 2014, the Preservation Society of Charleston’s fall house tours will not kick off with a natural disaster, even though last month’s Hurricane Irma came close enough.

Coast Is Clear: South Carolina's tourism industry working to make up losses after storm scares
News :: September 30, 2017

For the third year in a row, businesses that cater to visitors along the South Carolina coast are working to salvage the early fall tourist season after a major storm.

Public presentation scheduled to discuss plans to raise the Low Battery
News :: September 29, 2017

If the massive flooding experienced along the Battery during Tropical Storm Irma was any indication of what’s to come, the city of Charleston faces an increasing threat from rising tides.

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. 

The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals
News :: September 27, 2017

Seated around a table inside a small room at the Gaillard Center, members of Charleston's Short-Term Rental Task Force were almost two hours into their Sept. 20 meeting when Richard Buchanan first spoke at length. The reserved attorney appointed to the task force by City Councilman Peter Shahid had remained fairly silent as the group debated the finer points of shaping the new set of regulations that will govern short-term rentals throughout the city. But when Buchanan did address his fellow task force members, it wasn't to discuss parking requirements or business permits. His concern was the rapidly changing city that hummed around him.

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.

CARTA offers support for app to help riders navigate local bus routes
News :: September 26, 2017

Just in time for fall, CARTA has announced a new tool to help riders navigate the local public transportation network. Partnering with mobile app Transit, local riders will now be able to receive real-time updates on when their bus will arrive, navigate their trip step by step, and learn about any delays or disruptions in service. 

Ponds Conservancy to present artifacts from archaeological digs in the Summerville area community
News :: September 25, 2017

The Ponds Conservancy will next month present artifacts found by archaeologists digging in the Summerville area community.

The event is 2-4 p.m. Oct. 15 in the historic Schulz-Lotz farmhouse at 324 Hundred Oaks Parkway.

New North Charleston apartments offer discount to first responders, educators
News :: September 25, 2017

North Charleston's newest apartment community opens its first units later this fall and is offering a special rate for first responders and educators.

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.

Charleston Short-Term Rental Task Force votes to send proposal to City Planning Commission
News :: September 25, 2017

The city of Charleston's Short-Term Rental Task Force voted Monday to send a proposal for new regulations to the city's Planning Commission.

'It's just not safe': Two years after Charleston's Rethink Folly Road plan, progress is slow
News :: September 24, 2017

Two years after a $500,000 study was developed to envision a new future for James Island's main corridor, efforts to transform Folly Road into a complete street remain on the slow track.

City should tax tourists to help pay for flooding solutions
News :: September 23, 2017

Which is worse: They didn’t know — or they didn’t tell us?

After years of dodging the truth, the city finally put a number on what it will cost to save Charleston from the rising seas: more than $2 billion. As scary as the $2 billion number is, the words “more than” should be equally chilling. What government construction project do you know has ever come in on budget and on time?

'Time-out' on Johns Island
News :: September 22, 2017

Is Johns Island built-out? At 84 square miles, it’s the fourth-biggest island on the East Coast, about a third of it in the city of Charleston and within a self-imposed Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

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.

Rest of Magnolia project site in Charleston is sold at bankruptcy auction
News :: September 20, 2017

A Texas real estate firm is set to buy 31 acres of the Magnolia property on the upper peninsula and is in talks to acquire the rest of the site, setting up a revival of the long-dormant redevelopment project.

CVB takes on staffing crisis threatening Charleston's reputation for hospitality
News :: September 20, 2017

Even though it’s collecting resumes from culinary school graduates and working food-and-beverage professionals across the country, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hasn’t yet solved the thorny problems of housing and transportation that people relocating for a downtown restaurant job will inevitably face. So as a safeguard, the organization is now recruiting people who don’t have a background in the industry, but already have a peninsular address.

Emanuel AME Church being tented for termites as it grapples with major repairs
News :: September 20, 2017

As Charleston's Emanuel AME Church prepares to mark its bicentennial next year, church leaders are beginning repairs to make sure their historic building lasts at least 100 years more.

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 bold new vision for West Ashley
News :: September 17, 2017

Charleston’s suburbs haven’t gotten nearly as much attention from city officials and planners over the years as the peninsula. That is changing.

The city’s largest suburb is the focus of an impressively ambitious revitalization effort that has been in the works since earlier this year. The first draft of the Plan West Ashley master plan was released this week.

Chugging along: South Carolina commercial real estate market humming in economic boom
News :: September 17, 2017

Construction cranes dot the skyline. The stock market is on a tear. And the economy is on more solid footing after the long slog from the last recession.

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?

Let committee do its job
News :: September 16, 2017

Mount Pleasant needs a good comprehensive plan to help guide the town’s explosive growth over the next ten years. And by most accounts, a good and inclusive team of 34 community members is set to help develop that plan over the next few months.

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.

Housing protections at work
News :: September 15, 2017

One of the last relatively affordable apartment complexes on the Charleston peninsula will soon disappear only to be replaced by a massive new 300-room hotel and expensive new residences.

Chartres cleaning dusts off historic preservation issues
News :: September 15, 2017

Which do you prefer? The black or white Madonna of Chartres cathedral in France — neither or both? Your call. Of this much there should be no doubt: Historical preservation is a cause well worth supporting. But which part of that history is best preserved? Just selected slices of it? And if so, which ones would you choose to save, new or old or a mix? Let’s hope we can all agree on one thing: The novel concept of brand new history is an obvious contradiction in terms.

Draft of West Ashley Master Plan ready for review, community input
News :: September 14, 2017

The planning document that will guide the future of West Ashley is one step closer to completion. 

Dover, Kohl & Partners, the national planning firm hired to study and create the master plan for Charleston's largest suburb, has published its first draft for residents and city officials to review and critique before a final copy goes to City Council by the end of this year.

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.

 

Charleston City Council approves $12 million bond to help East Side, funded by special tax district
News :: September 13, 2017

The city of Charleston's long-delayed plan to improve the peninsula's upper East Side is showing signs of life again.

City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan for $12 million in bonds generated by a special tax district in that area to fund capital improvements for revitalization of parts of the East Side, North Central and East Central neighborhoods.

Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings
News :: September 12, 2017

In recent years, many older and historic buildings have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding that occurred during hurricanes and tropical storms. The purpose of this booklet is to help building owners minimize structural and cosmetic flood damage.

Grapevine: A different kind of 'listening session' for Charleston short-term rentals
News :: September 11, 2017

Like a nice, quiet evening? You'll probably want to avoid downtown Charleston at 7:08 p.m. on any given Friday.

That's the precise moment when overall average volume levels are the highest in the Holy City, according to a new report from NoiseAware, a Dallas company that monitors decibels at short-term rentals, such as those offered through Airbnb.

Short-term improvements head to West Ashley while work continues on master plan
News :: September 11, 2017

While the long-term plan to revitalize West Ashley is still under construction, smaller projects to improve the Charleston suburb have started taking shape.

At its meeting last month, Charleston County Council approved the following sidewalk extensions which will help connect West Ashley's neighborhoods and commercial areas:

  • Sycamore Avenue, connecting to Magnolia Road.
  • Carriage Lane, connecting Ashley River Road to Old Towne Road.
  • Markfield Drive, connecting Savannah Highway to the West Ashley Greenway.
  • Orleans Road, connecting the Sam Rittenberg Boulevard intersection to Hazelwood Drive.
  • Stinson Drive, also connecting Savannah Highway to the West Ashley Greenway.
Irma a reminder about flood insurance in South Carolina
News :: September 10, 2017

Jennifer Fanning has been piling her floor covering materials up off the floor. She's been through this drill before.

In 2015 her North Charleston store was flooded out after heavy rain in August, leaving her with $300,000 in damages. Then rain came through the roof during the October deluge that swamped much of the state. In 2016, pools of rain from Hurricane Matthew leaked in through the walls.

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.

Saving Society Hill: The birthplace of the Pee Dee looks to its past for new life
News :: September 9, 2017

SOCIETY HILL — As Brian Gandy sifted through the soggy letters in a plastic bin inside the Coker Rogers Store, he realized he was handling pieces of history more than a century old.

His sense of excitement soon turned to a feeling of urgency as he brainstormed about how exactly he could salvage a deteriorating and irreplaceable part of Darlington County's past.

Drayton Hall's new visitor and education center taking shape near iconic plantation house
News :: September 5, 2017

Drayton Hall's new $5 million visitor and education center is steadily taking shape, despite recent heavy rains and mud at the plantation museum site.

It's arguably the most significant construction at Drayton Hall since its surviving plantation home was built in the mid-18th century.

Yes, This is Transit
News :: September 5, 2017

I always tell transit advocates that, if you really want transit, build a place. Successful transit connects successful places (and sorry, Andy Card, but a park-and-ride is not a successful place). 

Charleston launches civics workshop to boost participation in city government
News :: September 4, 2017

For new Charleston residents or novices to city government, a Charleston City Council meeting might be a bit overwhelming.

In a single evening, the 12-member body and Mayor John Tecklenburg can sign off on dozens of capital projects, grant applications, zoning requests and new ordinances — all of which can have huge impacts on the way the city functions.

Tough new rules on rentals
News :: September 3, 2017

Charleston’s Short Term Rental Task Force still has two more meetings to develop a draft ordinance to present to City Council this fall. But after eight months of meetings, the outlines of what that ordinance will look like are starting to take shape.

So far, the plan looks like a good one.

A Controversial Restoration That Wipes Away the Past
News :: September 1, 2017

CHARTRES, France — The pilgrim did not find what he was searching for. As a child, Patrice Bertrand heard his mother recount details of her visit to the shrine of the famous Black Madonna of Chartres Cathedral, 60 miles southwest of Paris. Now Mr. Bertrand, 41, of Nantes, was following in her footsteps. But he was perplexed by what he discovered: “The statue I came to see is not here anymore,” he said. The Black Madonna had become white.

Charleston mayor calls for African-American monument, plaque at Calhoun statue
News :: August 31, 2017

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg asked the city’s History Commission on Wednesday to consider adding a number of revised historical markers as well as some new monuments across the city in an effort to create a more balanced narrative of Confederate-related history.

Charleston Harbor deepening funds finance 600-acre conservation deal
News :: August 30, 2017

A conservation group has purchased about 600 acres near the east branch of the Cooper River through a preservation program tied to the Charleston Harbor deepening project.

Charleston's History Commission to discuss mayor's call for fuller story of Confederate monuments
News :: August 30, 2017

The city of Charleston's History Commission on Wednesday will take up Mayor John Tecklenburg's call to update the John C. Calhoun monument in Marion Square with more historical context about what the South Carolinian stood for. 

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.

Group of Charleston area business leaders aim to build support for CARTA's bus rapid transit system
News :: August 28, 2017

Charleston County voters decided in November to fund a bus rapid transit system with the new half-cent sales tax, but the effort to build local support for the project is still in full swing.

Short-term rentals spiked across South Carolina as visitors flocked to S.C. for solar eclipse
News :: August 27, 2017

With hordes of visitors coming to South Carolina last week to catch the solar eclipse but too few hotels to lodge them, homeowners earned millions of dollars renting their homes to the star-gazing travelers.

Airbnb, an online booking platform for short-term home rentals, reported that 10,600 guests stayed in Airbnb-booked properties in the Palmetto State on Aug. 21, generating a combined $2 million for hosts. It was the company's biggest night ever in South Carolina, exceeding its expectation of 7,000 guests. 

South Carolina local governments turn to moratoriums to pause too-rapid growth, or used car lots
News :: August 26, 2017

Moratoriums are what can happen when residents and local officials feel like they’re getting too much of something too fast and feel overwhelmed.

Increasingly, residents of fast-growing areas across South Carolina have been calling for temporary freezes on certain types of development — sometimes lasting years — and local governments have been approving them.

Five historians revisit topic of Confederate monuments
News :: August 26, 2017

After the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel AME Church, many in the Charleston community embraced opportunities to consider and debate the South’s history of oppression and the myth of the Lost Cause.

North Charleston backs plan to lease historic Chicora Elementary to Metanoia
News :: August 25, 2017

North Charleston City Council on Thursday agreed to give a nonprofit group 18 months to line up investors to renovate the rundown former Chicora Elementary School.

The Rev. Bill Stanfield, CEO of community development organization Metanoia, has said the group needs to have control of the historic building so that it can get a financial plan in place to renovate it. The plan includes raising at least $9 million in donations, grants and other kinds of financing.

Floors, not feet, the new ruling principle for architecture in Charleston
News :: August 24, 2017

Charleston City Council approved last week a sweeping new set of rules meant to stop many of those design trends in their tracks while setting a more creative way forward for the future of Charleston's architecture.

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.

Charleston City Council candidates finalized for Nov. 7 election
News :: August 21, 2017

All six Charleston City Council members whose seats are up for election this year are asking voters to send them back for another four-year term. Most of those incumbents are facing challengers.

The filing period for City Council's even-numbered districts in the Nov. 7 election closed at noon Monday.

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.

Safe bike route still essential
News :: August 19, 2017

Charleston County Council can no longer hide behind endless, pointless studies and delays. Councilmembers simply do not support a vital, potentially lifesaving project to convert one of four lanes on the T. Allen Legare Bridge over the Ashley River for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Mount Pleasant cruises
News :: August 18, 2017

Charleston continues to welcome, if that’s the word, 104 cruise ship stops a year. That’s the maximum number that city officials agreed to accept in a pact with the State Ports Authority. Years later, it continues to generate controversy, and a lawsuit to halt it is still pending.

Proactive work on parking
News :: August 18, 2017

Minimum wage workers shouldn’t be asked to trade more than two hours worth of pay to park in a parking garage in downtown Charleston while they work. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the situation in which many of the peninsula’s hospitality and restaurant workers find themselves.

Damaged Kress plaque honoring lunch counter sit-in could be reinstalled before end of year
News :: August 16, 2017

It was a loading truck that knocked the plaque down. After the Preservation Society of Charleston installed in 2013 a King Street historic market to honor the bravery of 24 students from Burke High School who sat down at King Street's Kress lunch counter on April 1, 1960, a delivery truck smacked it down last year, and it's been in limbo ever since.

A unique city
News :: August 16, 2017

Once upon a time there was a small town occupied by early settlers known as Charlestowne. In spite of many local hazards such as alligators, snakes and pesky mosquitoes the settlers made it into a nice place to live.

City of Charleston agrees to spend $41,000 to shore up structural flaws at Read Brothers
News :: August 16, 2017

The city of Charleston has hired NBM Construction to perform emergency repairs on the Read Brothers buildings on upper King St.

City Council voted Tuesday to approve a $41,000 contract for the work. City Councilman Bill Moody said the city's legal staff declared this an emergency situation.

City of Charleston to Update Permit Software
News :: August 14, 2017

The City of Charleston will switch to a new and improved permit and land management software, EnerGov, on August 14, 2017.  With this upgrade, users will have access to online permit management, increased reporting capabilities, as well as inspection scheduling and tracking.

Individuals who frequently do business with the City are encouraged to register for a free Customer Access Portal (CAP) account, which enables users to schedule inspections and renew business licenses online. Beginning in late 2017, CAP users will also be able to submit, pay, and track permit applications and code violation complaints online.

New study appears to doom Ashley River bridge bike lane conversion
News :: August 11, 2017

A new study casts big doubts about whether the T. Allen Legare Bridge over the Ashley River will ever have a lane converted for bike and pedestrian use.

The city and county of Charleston entered into an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to make the change, but the project has been deferred for three traffic studies that looked at its impact on vehicle traffic.

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.

Charleston's Read Brothers forced to close, get repairs due to 'significant threat to life safety'
News :: August 10, 2017

We are sad and concerned to see yet another unfortunate situation as this. Our local businesses and historic buildings have been the catalysts of Charleston's success and we need to protect them.

First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe
News :: August 10, 2017

With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Yet, as “tourism-phobia” becomes a feature of the summer, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has defended the sector, calling on local authorities to do more to manage growth in a sustainable manner.

City of Charleston buys former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley, beginning redevelopment plans
News :: August 9, 2017

The city of Charleston on Tuesday completed the purchase of an old Piggly Wiggly grocery store site at a prominent West Ashley intersection, securing its future as a symbol of the West Ashley revitalization effort.

After months of negotiations, Wintergreen Capital, a Charlotte-based development firm, agreed to sell its 2½-acre site at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Sumar Street to the city for $3 million — about $1 million more than the firm paid for it in 2014.

West Ashley Revitalization Commissioner pushed group to consider a transit technology he invested in
News :: August 8, 2017

The national urban planning firm hired by the city of Charleston to create the West Ashley Master Plan has worked all year on concepts to improve the city's oldest suburb.

Many of the ideas Dover Kohl is pitching center on traffic and transportation fixes, such as extending sidewalks, connecting bike lanes and creating West Ashley shuttles that would run in their own lanes of traffic.

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.

Separating fact from fiction while touring Charleston
News :: August 7, 2017

We live in a world where there seems to be as much misinformation as there is truth. At times, it is tough to tell what’s what. We hear terms such as fake news and have come to expect spin doctors to put their interpretation on what we just heard and why we should believe it or dismiss it.

It’s only natural, then, that in a tourist-driven, historical city such as ours that certain myths exist surrounding some of what did or didn’t happen here.

American College of the Building Arts offering three fall continuing education classes open to the public
News :: August 7, 2017

This fall, the College of the Building Arts is offering continuing education classes open to the public. Three classes will be offered to start: Intro to Interior Design, Architectural Computer Graphics, and Charleston Architecture: A Historical Perspective. The 14-week classes start Sept. 11, are held 6-9 p.m. one night a week, and are taught by a trained expert in the respective fields. Each course costs $500 and enrollment is limited. Get started by applying online.

Huge volunteer turnout to create growth plan for Mount Pleasant
News :: August 5, 2017

Illustrating the broad concerns about growth and development in this fast-growing town, a whopping 250 residents have volunteered for a steering committee to craft the next Comprehensive Plan.

Eventually it will be cut down to 30.

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.

Stop whining
News :: August 1, 2017

Are there some things you don’t like about your community? Are you doing what everyone else does when they don’t like something? Are you whining about it to your friends, neighbors, social media connections and all the other people in your life?

If you’re annoyed do you take it to social media or complain to your neighbors? That always results in useful conversation.

Do Short-Term Vacation Rentals Change the Character of Historic Neighborhoods?
News :: July 30, 2017

As the appeal of living in a historic neighborhood continues to grow across the country, the arrival of short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) has challenged many residents to ensure that the “neighbor” stays in their neighborhoods. The result is a complex debate about the benefits versus negative effects of this $30 billion industry.

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.

Don't expect any easy answers on short-term rentals in Charleston
News :: July 28, 2017

Just when Charleston gets all these fancy new hotels, everybody starts wanting to rent houses.

Wouldn’t you know it.

News :: July 27, 2017
National housing expert to meet with local leaders Thursday about Charleston's affordable housing
News :: July 25, 2017

A former top official from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be in Charleston on Thursday to help local leaders understand the complex challenges facing public and affordable housing. 

Airbnb expects its biggest night ever in South Carolina thanks to total solar eclipse
News :: July 24, 2017

Charleston accounts for 2,500 of the houses booked on the weekend of the eclipse, more than Columbia and Greenville combined.

Charleston neighborhoods seeking more input from residents about short-term rentals
News :: July 19, 2017

Neighborhood groups and preservationists want more residents to weigh in on the debate about short-term rentals before the city changes how those properties are regulated.

Cruise ships eye Mount Pleasant as Charleston hits annual limit
News :: July 19, 2017

For the first time, the number of cruise ships scheduled to dock in Charleston has hit the State Ports Authority's voluntary 104-ship annual limit, and that could send some cruise ship business here.

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.

International African American Museum launches genealogy center, research initiative
News :: July 18, 2017

While most museums offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about history and culture, Charleston’s International African American Museum hopes to offer something possibly more valuable — the chance to learn more about yourself. 
 

Workforce housing for a living city
News :: July 16, 2017

Under a new plan approved by City Council on Tuesday, the Charleston peninsula could be getting a lot more so-called workforce housing, defined as affordable to those earning up to 80 percent of the area median salary.

Or it could be getting a lot less.

A month in, Charleston's new bike share system seems to be on the right track
News :: July 16, 2017

Charleston residents who were here in the mid-1990s might remember the first effort to launch a community bike program. 

Called Yellow Bikes, the 50-bike fleet wheeled out in 1996 in Marion Square was run by a few volunteers who fixed up used bikes, spray-painted them yellow and left them unlocked for riders to pick up and use as needed.

Charleston City Councilman Dean Riegel doesn't own or rent property in his West Ashley district
News :: July 14, 2017

Charleston City Councilman Dean Riegel hasn't been an established resident in the West Ashley district he represents since he sold his home 10 months ago.

Hicks: Charleston is No. 1, again. Now, here are the top 10 places we'll be stuck in traffic
News :: July 12, 2017

Thank you, Travel + Leisure magazine readers, for naming Charleston the No. 1 city in the country. Again.

Hotel planned for former Bob Ellis Shoes on Charleston's changing King Street
News :: July 11, 2017

The Kalinsky family bought the 18,000-square-foot building in 1973. Barry Kalinsky said in a previous interview that it was a hard decision to sell but cited increasing competition and rising prices.

City of Charleston to reconstruct Low Battery
News :: July 11, 2017

The City of Charleston is seeking public input as designs were released Tuesday for an extensive reconstruction project to the “Low Battery” on Charleston’s peninsula.

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.

City of Charleston designers seek input to design public space along Low Battery seawall
News :: July 11, 2017

Charleston city designers are asking residents to provide input to craft a public space along the Low Battery seawall. 

As the city prepares to replace the Low Battery with a higher, sturdier wall, the Design Division sees the space as a potential linear park.

Desperate need for safer infrastructure
News :: July 9, 2017

Just recently, 2 different pedestrians were killed attempting to cross Folly Road. These crashes occurred in the span of only 2 days. 

Proposal for big changes in workforce housing requirements returns to Charleston City Council: Public hearing set for July 11
News :: July 6, 2017

Charleston City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to workforce housing requirements during their next meeting on July 11.

Is culinary success spoiling Charleston?
News :: June 30, 2017

“The people who live here are frustrated and don’t want to see Charleston continue to be number one on these lists,” says Jamee Haley, executive director of Lowcountry Local First. “While some are thriving, we’re losing those businesses that provided vital services to the people who live here.”

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?

How Much Tourism Is Too Much?
News :: June 29, 2017

"Many hotels are now located in residential neighborhoods to satisfy the urges of those who want to feel as though they are living, however briefly, as real New Yorkers do. Have them try shopping for an affordable apartment."

James Island development moratorium goes too far, Charleston Planning Commission says
News :: June 22, 2017

The Charleston Planning Commission met Wednesday and unanimously voted not to recommend the moratorium, a vote that came after several  members said the move would block not only unpopular large developments but new businesses as well.

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.

Charleston City Council votes to change building height guidelines
News :: June 20, 2017

Charleston City Council voted Tuesday to change downtown's architectural guidelines, including height limits, in one of the most drastic rewrites since the city first took on the task in the 1930s.

Hotel rooms in former furniture store get OK from Charleston zoning board
News :: June 20, 2017

Plans presented to the Board of Zoning Appeals show retail space on the ground floor facing upper King Street, with hotel rooms on the second floor. A newer building behind the former showroom would be demolished and replaced with a four-story building with more hotel rooms, with parking access off Morris Street.

Consider range of hotel impacts
News :: June 20, 2017

Given the number of hotels already under construction or planned for the peninsula, it would be a relief for the BZA to turn down those requests. But current city rules makes it too difficult to say “no,” even when a hotel or vacation rental could adversely affect the city’s livability goals.

How much is too much tourism?
News :: June 19, 2017

Charleston receives more tourists per capita than popular European destinations like Barcelona or Amsterdam, both of which are struggling to balance tourism and quality of life for residents. And more and more people visit every year.

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.

What can be done to control downtown Charleston's explosive hotel growth?
News :: June 4, 2017

While hotel developers have been happy to accommodate the masses, the question now is: How much is too much?

Should downtown Charleston property owners be forced to check their building facades for flaws?
News :: May 31, 2017

Downtown Charleston has seen a rash of high profile building problems this year, including the discovery of a facade detaching from a King Street building; damage to a parked car from an office collapse at 11½ St. Philip St.; and bricks from a deteriorating townhouse falling onto Exchange Street.

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.

Massive rewrite of Charleston's architectural review rules moves a step ahead
News :: May 25, 2017

Charleston made history when it created a Board of Architectural Review in 1931 to preserve the architectural character of its old city, and more than 2,300 cities and towns have since followed suit. So perhaps it's not surprising that Charleston's most significant rewrite ever of that 1931 law is stirring plenty of anxiety over whether the city will get it right.

Don't rush new height rules
News :: May 25, 2017

The Charleston Board of Architectural Review has played an essential role in protecting the historic city. So has a city height ordinance designed to retain the sense of historic scale. But a city plan to revamp its height ordinance on the peninsula risks diminishing the authority of the BAR. Or so say Charleston’s two primary preservation organizations. At this point, the city needs to push the “pause” button.

Height district ordinance would diminish BAR oversight
News :: May 24, 2017

The city’s efforts to amend the height districts on the peninsula and to modify the authority and process of the BAR constitute an unprecedented threat to the review board that has created and protected Charleston’s international appeal and character.

Why are downtown Charleston's buildings falling down? Experts point to three main culprits
News :: May 20, 2017

While each building has its own unique tale of failure, several experts point to three common denominators that they share: shoddy initial construction and renovations, neglect and even a steady hum of vibrations from an ever-growing city.

Planning West Ashley's future
News :: May 16, 2017

The Plan West Ashley effort is still in the relatively early stages, and it’s going to take a very long-term push to update and renew an entire part of Charleston. But that effort has a lot of momentum. Don’t miss the chance to take a hands-on approach to guiding West Ashley’s future.

Charleston community leaders ponder limits on new hotels
News :: May 15, 2017

Downtown Charleston is becoming alarmingly congested mainly because the city has no good way to move 6 million visitors a year in and out of an area that’s only two square miles.

Letter: Johns Island development frenzy
News :: May 6, 2017

Every day, Johns Islanders wonder if the City of Charleston will help our community flourish, or will it continue to approve residential development with no regard for our quality of life? There is a reason to assume the latter.

Building designer saves ramshackle 'gateway' cottage in downtown Charleston
News :: April 30, 2017

This Charleston single cottage is a great example of dying breed of houses from this era,” said Kristopher King, adding that much of the “historic fabric was either salvaged or matched.”

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.

Gilbreth column: Council needs to heed Mayor's hotel concerns
News :: March 30, 2017

But you can’t convince developers of that nor, as the Mayor has found out, certain members of City Council. A plan to put at least a temporary moratorium on new hotels that would have been presented by the Mayor and his city planners a year ago was withdrawn before serious deliberation because it was clear that council would have none of it. A second proposal got nowhere.

Changes to Charleston's hotel map up for public comments this week
News :: March 27, 2017

Anyone with concerns, questions or comments about proposed changes to the boundaries of the Charleston peninsula's hotel zone have an opportunity to air them this week.

Plans for downtown Charleston hotel on East Bay move upscale
News :: March 12, 2017

The Board of Architectural Review gave the plans for a 47-room lodging just south of the City Market conceptual approval last week, after declining to move the plans forward in November.

Enough: Put a hold on hotel growth
News :: March 9, 2017

When planners compared Charleston to other cities trying to encourage tourism without harming the local culture, they concluded that the Holy City has reached its limit. It has 6,511 rooms either available for visitors or on the way.

Charleston BAR unanimously approves Sergeant Jasper design
News :: February 8, 2017

Charleston's Board of Architectural Review voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the design of the replacement building on the long-contested Sergeant Jasper site. The preliminary approval means the project at 310 and 322 Broad St. can move forward as scheduled, although the board will require architects to tweak some design details before they bring the plan back for another review.

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.

Amid a building boom, Charleston struggles over guiding growth
News :: October 28, 2016

Less than a year ago, Charleston voters elected their first new mayor in 40 years — one who campaigned on a promise to reel in development, put a renewed focus on West Ashley and protect residents’ quality of life.

Charleston makes list of most livable cities
News :: October 27, 2016

Charleston is one of "America's Best Cities To Live," based in part on its diverse economy and high population growth, according to a Northeastern financial news website.

Stop for downtown ‘systems check’ before building more hotels
News :: October 12, 2016

The more people we have living downtown, as opposed to visiting, the more likely it will be that we can diversify our economy, create the critical mass needed to sustain a better public transit system, create beautiful neighborhoods and community with thriving schools, and give rise to a new generation of Charlestonians who love downtown because it’s a great place to live, work and raise families.

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.

This isn’t about nostalgia, it’s about Charleston remaining a living city
News :: October 4, 2016

Redevelopment has been creeping up — and down — the peninsula for years now as downtown Charleston remains one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Developers trip over themselves to get in on the action.

In the bike lane debate, it comes down to who puts in the time
News :: September 26, 2016

City Council narrowly approved the bike lane plan in July to the joy of the biking community, but the county — which holds the purse strings — now has reservations. And angry constituents.

Old city could become 'miniature Manhattan'
News :: September 16, 2016

The vision of Charleston’s leaders in the 1970s and 1980s could not include the current extraordinary and unanticipated growth, the rise in the metro area’s population from 336,036 in 1970 to 648,090 in 2010, and estimated to be 708,000 in 2020.

Bi-Lo shoppers lament 'major loss' on peninsula
News :: August 30, 2016

Developers can make more money from developments other than supermarkets as real estate prices escalate on the peninsula. Plans have not been announced for what will become of the 36,312-square-foot Bi-Lo building, now sitting in a prime location between apartment developments, including one involving the parent company of The Post and Courier.

Judge sets aside his Jasper order; next steps by Beach Co., opponents still unknown
News :: August 29, 2016

Nicholson’s decision Tuesday upholds a key condition of the city’s and company’s recent settlement agreement and could mark the end of a nearly two-year-long saga over the controversial property just west of Colonial Lake.

Zoning approved for Sergeant Jasper site
News :: July 18, 2016

Charleston City Council overrode the city’s Planning Commission Tuesday and gave final approval to a zoning change that will allow 324 residential units to be built on the Sergeant Jasper apartments site.

Public can still make its voice heard on future of Jasper site
News :: July 17, 2016

While the Sergeant Jasper is often portrayed as a “peninsula issue,” residents of every neighborhood in the City of Charleston should sit up and take note of what is going on. With areas from West Ashley to Cainhoy on the cusp of revitalization or expansion, our planning processes are all we have to protect against hasty, ill-considered decisions that do not adequately take into account neighborhood character and residents’ desires to shape the future of their community.

Charleston’s new flood maps won’t tell us half of what we need to know about flooding
News :: December 31, 1969

Charleston County’s first new flood maps in more than 14 years have been under review since 2016, and even when they’re finally published next year, they’ll already be out of date.