Protecting Local Culture & Character

In nearly 100 years of tireless work, we have discovered that the most effective way to ensure that Charleston retains its livability and authenticity is to fight for informed, community-first decisions.


Charleston is changing, but it is not lost. Preservation today is about honoring the living city — one that evolves to support the needs of the people who live and work here, while maintaining the elements that make it special. As preservationists, the PSC is a thought-leader and community organizer, ensuring that the lessons of our past influence the future of our city.

Preservation allows us to ensure that the lessons of the historic city continue to inspire and inform. The challenge we face is to provide a pathway for Charleston to grow and evolve while maintaining its unique sense of place. Through our advocacy on issues of historic preservation, zoning, land use, and design, the PSC works to ensure that what is vibrant and irreplaceable about Charleston endures.


Growth & Development

Growing at three times the national average, the Charleston area is predicted to have 1,000,000 residents within ten years. The infrastructure to support this growth is inadequate, leading to flooded neighborhoods, congested highways, and ill-considered development. We must insist on ordinances and planning processes that prioritize environmental realities and residents’ needs, not developers’ agendas.

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Zoning, land use, and design play an integral role in ensuring that Charleston remains a livable city for its residents. Affordable places to live, access to jobs and education, reliable public services, linkages to green spaces, multiple modes of transportation, appealing public spaces, enriching arts and culture, and inimitable character: these are what make a city great.

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From supporting economic diversity in our commercial corridors to promoting comprehensive flood and storm mitigation, we must identify creative solutions to advance Charleston’s resilience. In the face of unprecedented challenges and change, Charleston should not survive, but thrive. Our community’s success is predicated on balancing the needs of residents with the forces that test its resilience.

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Our work is integrative. We confer with experts in the field, survey residents, communicate directly with City Staff, research innovative practices, and collaborate with local coalitions. Through these efforts, the PSC advocates for the best in historic preservation and thoughtful urbanism in Charleston. Stand up with us.

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