Resilient News

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

We Are Physically Distant, But Still In This Together
News :: March 24, 2020

A crisis like this brings to the fore the necessity of planning for future crises. The best we can do is make sure we are all cared for and that we take the lessons from this time not just to heart, but to action.

Replant trees along S.C. Highway 61 and don't clear-cut there again
News :: February 29, 2020

Even the most sensitive, error-free building here will subtly change the character of this treasured area. When it must occur... all need to get it absolutely right.

The latest on Charleston flooding infrastructure projects after years of planning and work
News :: February 20, 2020

With years of planning and work underground, Charleston city leaders expect to complete a slew of drainage improvements this year, and more are expected to begin.

Charleston County asks patrons at frequently flooded Windermere library: Stay or go?
News :: February 14, 2020

Before moving forward with renovations to the South Windermere library, county leaders want residents to weigh in: Should they renovate the space or find a new location instead?

SC ports agency selling surplus waterfront land on Daniel Island
News :: January 27, 2020

One of the last parcels of land the State Ports Authority plans to sell has hit the auction block, with bids being accepted for a roughly 106-acre vacant parcel on Daniel Island.

Charleston mayor's cruise ship 'head tax' gets pushback from SC Ports Authority
News :: January 25, 2020

The long-running debate over whether cruise ship passengers must help pay for improvements to downtown Charleston is getting new life as city officials look for ways to solve the peninsula's flooding crisis.

Five Charleston homeowners seek FEMA funding to lift their homes
News :: January 19, 2020

Three of the five homes on the new application are considered severe repetitive loss and would be fully covered by a FEMA grant

What it'll take to raise New Orleans-area levees
News :: December 9, 2019

The Army Corps of Engineers has recommended a $3.2 billion, 50-year plan to elevate both the hurricane-protection levee systems and several miles of river levees.

Charleston staff prepares for Low Battery sea-level rise project, public meeting Wednesday
News :: November 19, 2019

Work on the project is expected to begin in early December and span 1,000 feet of Murray Boulevard from Tradd to Ashley streets.

SC Flood Commission issues expansive report recommending expensive fixes to water system
News :: November 8, 2019

The state Flood Commission's final report issued Friday wasn't much of a surprise, advocating a number of protections already underway, under consideration or dismissed as impractical.

How Columbia's BullStreet project is bringing creek above ground without added flooding
News :: October 1, 2019

"It's flood management, but most people on most days are going to have no clue that they are in the middle of a flood-management project..."

How Charleston's 6 candidates for mayor would prioritize flooding fix projects
News :: September 17, 2019

How Charleston's 6 candidates for mayor would prioritize flooding fix projects

News :: August 20, 2019

Charleston's City Council dealt Mayor John Tecklenburg at least a temporary blow by pushing off his effort to seek $32 million from the State Infrastructure Bank to help raise the city's Low Battery seawall by 2½ to 3 feet.

SC keeps trying to build its way out of climate change -- but it might be missing the point
News :: August 16, 2019

South Carolina is grappling with the symptoms of climate change, but its efforts to tackle the causes have been slower.

Tension over WestEdge filling of Gadsden Creek continues as state reviews permit
News :: August 8, 2019

People flooded a Wednesday hearing hoping to prevent one of peninsular Charleston's last tidal creeks from being filled in.

Flooding task force tours Charleston, Dorchester neighborhoods to find simple fixes
News :: July 30, 2019

More than 100 homeowners in Charleston and Dorchester counties face flooding issues but live in places where many state and local agencies have authority over drainage, and they've turned to a new task force for some short-term help.

Amid an affordable housing crisis, cities take the lead, test many solutions
News :: July 27, 2019

The lack of affordable housing has become a great concern, even a crisis, not only in cities across the U.S. but also in many nations. 

Charleston council, not voters, will decide home-raising rules due to flooding
News :: July 26, 2019

Charleston City Council has scrapped a proposed ballot question asking city voters to consider whether homeowners in flood-prone areas significantly damaged by flooding raise their homes 2 feet above federal standards.

After 5-year wait, work on tech-focused office begins under Opportunity Zones credits
News :: July 18, 2019

Granted BAR approval earlier this year, the new Charleston Tech Center on Morrison Drive represents the type of new construction up and coming in the Upper Peninsula. 

D.C.'s 'Historic' Flash Flood May Soon Be Normal
News :: July 10, 2019

One-hundred-year storms, of the kind that wreaked havoc on the nation's capital Monday, are expected to become 1-in-25-year events by mid-century.

'We Cannot Save Everything': A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas
News :: July 8, 2019

Colonial-era homes line the streets of The Point in Newport, R.I. Climate change is forcing experts to reimagine the future of historic preservation here.

Hurricane detectives comb archives for clues to storms past and those to come
News :: June 20, 2019

As scientists work on putting together an accurate picture of how climate change will alter hurricanes and tropical storms, some researchers are going backward in time.

Walls to hold sea rise would cost Charleston $1 billion, all of SC $20 billion, study says
News :: June 20, 2019

Building walls to hold off sea rise — for just the next 20 years — would cost South Carolina's coastal and estuary communities nearly $20 billion. Charleston alone would face more than $1 billion in costs.

Most Dynamic Metropolitans
News :: June 20, 2019

The greater Charleston-North Charleston area ranked 8th on the Walton Family Foundation's "The Most Dynamic Metropolitans" report for cities with medium populations (500,000-999,999). 

With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First?
News :: June 19, 2019

After three years of brutal flooding and hurricanes in the United States, there is growing consensus among policymakers and scientists that coastal areas will require significant spending to ride out future storms and rising sea levels.

SC got $1B in flood payments, but new data still won't say if your home flooded
News :: June 12, 2019

Claims paid out in South Carolina total slightly more than $920 million, the 10th-highest amount among the 50 states. Louisiana topped the list, with $19.6 billion in claims. 

How the SC Supreme Court defines 'affected' to determine Charleston cruise terminal case
News :: June 11, 2019

COLUMBIA — The controversial case over the location of Charleston's new cruise ship terminal could come down to how justices on the state Supreme Court define one word: affected.

Levittown Embodied the Postwar Suburban Experiment: Hows it doing now?
News :: June 11, 2019

Built in 1952, these particular homes are now sixty seven years old. Some of the Levittown homes have been modified and upgraded over the decades.

Finding $2 billion isn't easy: Forum to focus on funding Charleston's flood fixes
News :: May 13, 2019

The city of Charleston has estimated it will take $2 billion to make all the drainage and infrastructure improvements necessary to address flooding.

West Ashley lunch raises money to beautify Wappoo Road bikeway entrance
News :: April 26, 2019

The Longest Table is a international initiative that brings people together around one table to share a meal and talk about their communities.

Charleston saw an unusually high tide Wednesday. It's slowly becoming the norm.
News :: February 20, 2019

High tides led to spotty coastal flooding around the Charleston region Wednesday morning, an event that didn't cripple the region’s traffic but served as the most recent example of the Holy City's new normal. 

A look inside how Charleston's Crosstown drainage project will help control flooding
News :: February 8, 2019

Inside the city's massive drainage tunnels, a boring machine was just 12 feet from completing the final shaft, a giant step in a nearly $200 million project that’s so far stretched for a decade.

Charleston's new flood building rules may scuttle West Ashley subdivision
News :: February 4, 2019

A new subdivision in a flood-prone section of West Ashley faces a challenging road forward under Charleston's new building regulations. 

Sea rise along South Carolina coast accelerating faster than realized, researcher says
News :: February 1, 2019

Within 50 years, the sea off Charleston will be rising about one inch every five years — twice as fast as it was rising about a century ago and one-third faster than it was in 2000.

Charleston mayor turns State of the City speech into a deep dive on flooding
News :: January 22, 2019

On Tuesday, the mayor changed the typical format of the annual speech to give a full progress report on that effort, giving a detailed presentation of all the projects, studies and policy changes the city is pursuing to address the growing threat of sea level rise and climate change.

Approved developments in Charleston to see more scrutiny for flood rules
News :: January 9, 2019

Two Charleston developments approved more than a decade ago might not be able to break ground after the city discovered the projects don’t meet the latest drainage requirements. 

Charleston spending nearly $1 million on granite washed from battery during Irma
News :: January 3, 2019

The city of Charleston is spending almost $1 million to replace about 7,800 tons of granite rock at the High Battery's base.

Here's what the Charleston region has to do to make robust transit a reality
News :: December 23, 2018

For the first time, the Charleston-Berkeley-Dorchester Council of Governments has spelled out exactly what needs to happen, when, and how much it will cost to seamlessly weave transit into the region's car-centric transportation network.

Charleston beefs up 2019 drainage fund, creates new stormwater department
News :: December 18, 2018

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to add the extra revenue to the stormwater fund, which is a separate pot of money for drainage-related expenses, bringing next year’s spending capacity to $11.3 million.

Charleston's Crosstown drainage project to cost $43 million more, reasons still vague
News :: December 11, 2018

Charleston's drainage project along Septima P. Clark Parkway is actually $43 million over budget, not $30 million as City Council was told last week. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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).

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.”

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."

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.

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.

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.”

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News :: December 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neither, the Italian government worries, does Venice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Charleston being spoiled by its success asks USA Today?

Help plan for transportation
News :: June 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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