Livable 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.

Locked-down Carnival cruise ship in Charleston has critics fuming
News :: March 27, 2020

Conservation groups and cruise opponents also said the ship's extended stay in Charleston shows that the SPA should require cruise lines to plug into the electric grid instead of burning fuel next to neighborhoods.

Love (of place) in interesting times
News :: March 25, 2020

For now, we pause the work to make our cities better, and instead our attention turns to getting our cities back. We will do what is necessary in this moment to be safe and healthy, and we look forward, with great anticipation, to a time when we can reclaim all our public spaces. 

Time to think big in Charleston's Neck Area
News :: March 3, 2020

The Neck Area — a fuzzily defined place between southern North Charleston and northern peninsular Charleston — is this region's great blank slate...

Vacant Charleston school could become 88-unit affordable housing development for seniors
News :: February 21, 2020

The Mount Pleasant-based Humanities Foundation wants to turn the former Henry P. Archer School on Nassau Street into 88 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Keep up the fight against hotel proliferation in downtown Charleston
News :: February 20, 2020

Those concerned about the dramatic proliferation of new hotels in downtown Charleston won an important victory Tuesday, but the fight against the "hotelification" of the city is far from over.

Court is right to give Charlestonians a voice in cruise terminal suit
News :: February 19, 2020

Common sense has prevailed in a long-running dispute over whether Charlestonians have legal "standing" when it comes to the fight over a permit to build a new cruise ship terminal downtown.

Summerville announces new regulations for short term rentals
News :: February 11, 2020

The new ordinance will require the property owners to live at the property at least 183 days per year and be at the site any time guests are registered. Renters will also need a valid business license and liability insurance.

'Master plan' for Morris Sokol site in Charleston calls for big hotel
News :: December 16, 2019

Plans to activate Charleston's former Morris Sokol Furniture storefront have been in the works for several years, and now a revamped master plan calling for a full-service hotel on the site is up for review from the city. 

New office building planned for downtown Charleston may ask for hotel rooms instead
News :: December 12, 2019

This is the second example in recent weeks and the third this year of property owners applying for hotel uses at locations initially planned for other purposes. 

News :: December 12, 2019

Charleston and Savannah: Many of the successes and challenges of heritage tourism are faced by both cities.

Developments spurred by Opportunity Zone tax breaks rising in SC, amid controversy
News :: December 1, 2019

The big question is whether the tax breaks are prompting beneficial developments that wouldn't have happened otherwise, or enriching investors in developments that would have happened anyway.

Affordable housing, congestion a drag on Charleston's economic growth, study shows
News :: November 21, 2019

Livability is the Charleston area's biggest concern, with the availability of affordable housing on the decline and traffic congestion rising. 

2 downtown buildings, including ex-Art Institute, asking Charleston to open hotels
News :: November 17, 2019

Two downtown buildings are scheduled to ask for city approval this week to use part of their properties as hotels. 

Kiawah Island near Charleston area has adopted new short-term rental rules
News :: November 11, 2019

A coastal community known for oceanfront golf and high-end vacation accommodations has officially adopted new rules for short-term rentals listed on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. 

Charleston's widening divide between housing costs and income and solutions
News :: November 10, 2019

Finding an affordable house isn't easy, and more than half of the households in the region pay more for housing than the federal standard of 30 percent of their incomes.

23 new apartment projects on the rise in Charleston area
News :: November 9, 2019

Developers continue to flock to the booming Charleston market to build new rental housing as 23 new communities are under construction, according to a new report.

DOT nixes plans for extensive tree removal on SC's historic and scenic Highway 61
News :: November 7, 2019

The S.C. Department of Transportation has revised its tree-cutting plans intended to improve safety along historic Highway 61 outside Charleston. The trees will now be spared.

Charleston apartment building delays request to use half its units as hotel rooms
News :: October 15, 2019

An early test to Charleston's newly updated hotel regulations was expected Tuesday after a downtown apartment complex applied to use a share of its units as hotel rooms.

1st Charleston hotel under new rules looks to court medical district visitors
News :: October 10, 2019

A new lodging concept was approved this month for Charleston's growing Westside, making it the first hotel to get city approval under newly approved accommodations rules. 

Fix traffic without ruining neighborhoods: Summerville to Charleston transit under study
News :: October 7, 2019

Concerns are looming about how the incoming Lowcountry Rapid Transit project may reshape neighborhoods.

Poll of Charleston voters finds traffic, flooding and development top concerns
News :: October 1, 2019

Charleston residents who plan on voting in November's municipal election said city leaders should focus their efforts on traffic, flooding and new development...

Nexton, big as a small city, is rapidly developing as Charleston's next job, home center
News :: September 30, 2019

"This area is exploding," said Elaine Morgan, CEO of Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. "It is changing almost daily."

New hotel rules for Charleston move forward, but one more vote needed
News :: September 10, 2019

New rules aimed at slowing hotel development in downtown Charleston took another step toward being adopted Tuesday, but one more vote is needed to make them final. 

Another Charleston-area coastal community is writing new short-term rental rules
News :: September 8, 2019

The Town of Kiawah Island is now among the region's communities trying to regulate short-term rentals.

Charleston is No. 1 moving destination in U.S., study says; Columbia, Greenville in top 10
News :: September 7, 2019

A new study shows South Carolina's three major metro areas are among the top 10 moving destinations in the U.S. with Charleston coming in at No. 1.

West Ashley's master plan is done. What happens next for the suburb is less clear.
News :: August 31, 2019

Some residents are eager to embrace more change, hoping that a denser, less auto-dependent suburb will gain a greater sense of place.

Charleston's hotel task force won't ban rooftop bars, is sending rules for final approval
News :: August 27, 2019

New rules that will put limits on future hotel development in Charleston are coming to the city for approval after another review from a special task force.

Back-to-school traffic a 'self-fulfilling prophecy,' Mount Pleasant official says
News :: August 25, 2019

"As traffic increases, I can only assume parents feel less comfortable allowing their children to use non-motorized methods of transportation to school, such as walking and biking, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy." 

'Whole face' of Charleston's Market is changing, as drainage, other work starts up
News :: August 5, 2019

The city is preparing to start the final stage of drainage improvements on Market Street around Charleston's popular City Market, a heavily trafficked part of the peninsula that struggles with frequent flooding.

Hit by a Tourist Boom, Cities Wonder When to Stop Self-Promotion
News :: July 10, 2019

Hot tourism markets like Vancouver are seeing record numbers of new visitors, straining local resources and giving city-boosters a novel problem.

Carnival, operator of Charleston-based Sunshine, flunks environmental report
News :: July 7, 2019

Cruising might get high marks from vacationers, but environmentalists give most of the companies operating those pleasure ships failing grades.

Private parking app plans to eclipse Charleston's parking meters
News :: July 1, 2019

Though only a few spots are available to rent on the app now, the company plans to add 750 privately owned spaces around Charleston in mid-July. 

Hotel proposed for ex-Art Institute of Charleston building near City Market
News :: June 30, 2019

The property, which is just steps from Charleston's City Market, already is within the city's accommodations overlay, meaning it’s eligible for hotel development. 

264 apartments planned for Johns Island; Charleston peninsula project back after 5 years
News :: June 29, 2019

The city of Charleston is considering plans by the owner of two parcels along General Cornwallis Drive and John Fenwick Lane for a 264-unit multifamily complex.

Design for 300-room hotel, residential complex in downtown Charleston up for review
News :: June 24, 2019

The site touches Reid, Meeting and Mary streets, and would sit across from a proposed nine-story office building that recently received its final OK from the BAR.

Where jobs per square mile are growing and shrinking in SC metro areas
News :: June 20, 2019

In contrast, job density in Charleston increased very little. The number of jobs per square mile went up by just 2.5% from 2004 to 2015. 

On the hook for rent at WestEdge, Charleston decides to lease space to entrepreneurs
News :: June 19, 2019

The City of Charleston knows what it wants to do with the commercial space it has leased in the emerging WestEdge development, and it will go to a business accelerator already working with local startups.

News :: June 16, 2019

A mapping error from 1897 is causing 21st century headaches for people living near Charleston. Surveyors 122 years ago erred in drawing the county line between Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

Too Many People Want to Travel
News :: June 4, 2019

Massive crowds are causing environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals.

As Tourism Booms, Amsterdam Shifts to Damage Control
News :: May 30, 2019

Acknowledging that "more is not always better," the Netherlands Tourist Board will no longer actively promote its country as a tourist destination.

Big new development on Johns Island gets city's OK, but road funding in limbo
News :: May 29, 2019

Development of 70 acres known as the Kerr property on Johns Island and the construction of a southern pitchfork road may be years down the road, but Charleston City Council members have paved the way for it.

Charleston hotel task force pitches ordinance changes 'with more teeth'
News :: May 21, 2019

In less than a month since its creation, the city task force assigned with slowing the expansion of hotel development in Charleston pitched a proposal to give the city's Board of Zoning Appeals more teeth when developers stray from approved plans.

3 more Charleston hotels up for review as city mulls new ground rules
News :: May 20, 2019

As a Charleston task force is working on revising the city's hotel rules, three new lodging projects that would add another 367 rooms to the mix will be up for approval from a zoning board this week. 

SC ranks 11th in the US for most hotels in the pipeline with 151 projects on the way
News :: May 19, 2019

The Palmetto State has 151 projects underway or on the drawing board with a combined 15,000 or so rooms, according to the report. About 30 percent of them are out of the ground, with an equal share in the early stages of development.

An old debate over cruise ships churns as a new ship calls Charleston Harbor home
News :: May 16, 2019

As a new, larger cruise ship begins docking in Charleston next week, the city's ongoing relationship with the cruise industry remains on choppy waters.

Charleston airport predicts passenger growth will double to almost 8 million by 2028
News :: May 6, 2019

More tourists, business travelers and new residents will nearly double the existing number of passengers at Charleston International to almost 8 million by 2028.

40 Charleston area condo and apartment buildings involved in lawsuits over defects
News :: April 28, 2019

One of the most basic things a building is supposed to do is keep out the elements, such as water, but that's proved to be a surprising and expensive challenge in the Charleston area. There have been construction defect lawsuits involving more than 40 condo and apartment buildings.

In the greater Charleston area what does 'affordable housing' really mean?
News :: April 11, 2019

Housing that people can afford goes by many names and means many different things, but discussions about "affordable housing" in greater Charleston are increasingly focused on middle-class, full-time workers.

Visitors to Charleston broke records again, exceeding 7.2 million last year
News :: April 5, 2019

Nearly 7.3 million visitors flocked to the Charleston region last year, or about 6 percent more than 2017, pushing the total economic impact of tourism past a record $8 billion, a new report shows.

City board to revisit large hotel it approved for Charleston law school lot
News :: April 1, 2019

Concern over a proliferation of downtown lodging projects came to the forefront again in February after an application to build a 252-room hotel at Meeting and Woolfe Streets was approved.

Kitchen 208 in downtown Charleston closes, citing citywide shortage of restaurant staff
News :: March 30, 2019

Kitchen 208 on lower King Street posted a notice on its door and Facebook page on March 29 announcing its immediate closure. 

Charleston apartment glut raises vacancy rate, could lead to rent concessions
News :: March 30, 2019

Because of new projects coming online during the past six months, the increase in units pushed the vacancy rate up to 10.6 percent throughout the Charleston area.

Hotel proposed for Dixie Furniture building in downtown Charleston up for review
News :: March 27, 2019

Within steps of one another on King Street, three former family-owned retail stores are poised to become mixed-use developments that place first-floor storefronts and boutique hotel businesses in one structure. 

Surge in apartment flipping can lead to higher rents in Charleston and SC, but not always
News :: March 24, 2019

Frequent property flipping can drive up the price of affordability even further, pushing renters farther to the suburbs and away from the service-sector jobs many of them hold in the central business district.

About 4 years after rewriting tourism plan, Charleston to check in on its progress
News :: March 18, 2019

About four years after revising its tourism management strategy, the city of Charleston is checking in with residents on its progress.

Charleston's tech industry grows, but wages haven't caught up with bigger cities
News :: March 18, 2019

Charleston's technology industry might be growing at a healthy pace, but wages still appear to be lagging behind the South's larger tech hubs.

Plans for hotel next to Charleston's Waterfront Park get approval from city board
News :: March 15, 2019

The city's Board of Architectural Review, after deciding to defer an approval in January, unanimously voted this week to move the project forward. The developer, Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm Lowe, still needs to secure final approval from the board. 

Seeing more tourists around town? Charleston's March visitor bump by the numbers
News :: March 9, 2019

Tourism in Charleston is now a year-round business, but the visitor industry really gets kicked into high gear in March, when visitor volume takes its largest leap by far.

Charleston's Mayor Tecklenburg is preparing a plan to reduce hotel development
News :: March 7, 2019

In a campaign email sent Monday, Tecklenburg said he would bring a proposal to City Council in April "which will aim to protect the city’s diversity of uses."

Mount Pleasant struggling to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb
News :: March 5, 2019

While neighboring Charleston has taken aggressive steps to regulate short-term rentals, and Charleston County also has adopted new regulations, Mount Pleasant has discussed the issue on-and-off for more than a decade.

Publix sets opening date for new Charleston peninsula supermarket
News :: February 25, 2019

The Charleston peninsula's third supermarket will make its debut next month. The peninsula is now served by just two grocery stores: Harris Teeter on East Bay Street and Food Lion on upper King Street. 

The 'dog bone' plan could ease James Island traffic, but at great cost to a family
News :: February 25, 2019

The choice facing County Council — tearing down someone's house or taking acres of land from a family that's owned it for more than a century — is just the latest conflict in the population-driven need to expand or widen roads.

Hilton timeshare at Starbucks site up for final approval from Charleston board
News :: February 24, 2019

The 100-unit Hilton Club timeshare development Liberty Place Charleston is up for final approval. The building would occupy the site of a once-popular but now-closed Starbucks cafe at East Bay and Calhoun streets. 

News :: February 12, 2019

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg has been unable to deliver on his 2015 campaign pledge to curb the city’s rapid proliferation of hotel rooms, and more are going up as a result.

More than 2,500 apartment units to be added in Charleston-area in 2019
News :: February 11, 2019

During the past three years, the average number of apartment units added each year throughout the Charleston region was 2,718.

Charleston School of Law site, set to sell for millions, could become a new hotel
News :: February 10, 2019

A downtown lot purchased as a potential location for the Charleston School of Law may be on track to become one of the largest hotels on the peninsula.

At rising Charleston apartment building, plans for a 'pop up hotel' fizzle out
News :: February 8, 2019

A proposed "pop up hotel" plan at Charleston’s rising WestEdge development is over, before it ever really started. The application asked for the city to approve a 137-unit hotel use at a Westside site. 

8 takeaways from Charleston's first parking study in 20 years
News :: February 1, 2019

The city of Charleston has released the findings of its first study of the downtown parking system in 20 years. The results point to alternatives to the single-occupant car. 

The Airbnb Effect: It’s Not Just Rising Home Prices
News :: February 1, 2019

A new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute attempts to more comprehensively catalog  local impacts of STRs—and measure what, if anything, cities get out of the deal.

Charleston home sales slip from 2017 record, but prices keep rising
News :: January 30, 2019

Residential transactions plummeted 17 percent last month with 1,287 homes changing hands. The median sales price of $275,000 was up 2.3 percent from a year earlier.

Housing prices still unaffordable for most in Charleston region, burdening workforce
News :: January 26, 2019

Even as more people over the past year have called for action on the affordable housing shortage in the Charleston region, typical rents and home prices remain higher than what most workers can pay.

Want a say in the Charleston area’s bus rapid transit? Here are 3 chances.
News :: January 25, 2019

If you want your opinions heard on how the future Lowcountry Rapid Transit will develop, consider attending one of three community meetings next week. Those unable to attend can access an online version at, beginning Tuesday.

Here’s how more than $2.7 billion will be spent improving Charleston-area roads
News :: January 16, 2019

Rapid development and population growth, and the cars and trucks that come with it, have led to traffic problems across the Charleston metro area and a $2.7 billion list of road improvement projects.

Downtown Charleston's last conventional hardware store moving to upper peninsula
News :: January 9, 2019

Downtown Charleston soon will be left without a traditional mom-and-pop hardware store. East Bay True Value Hardware will move from its corner site at Society and East Bay streets in the spring to a new location on the upper peninsula.

New 8-story apartment building to rise on peninsular Charleston
News :: January 6, 2019

Another large apartment project soon will begin to rise on Charleston's upper peninsula.


Charleston planning 2 affordable housing projects downtown with more than 100 units
News :: January 3, 2019

The city of Charleston is seeking developers interested in building two new affordable housing complexes on city-owned properties downtown.  

Happy New Year! May Your City Never Become San Francisco, New York or Seattle
News :: January 1, 2019

In Portland, Oakland and Sacramento, residents and pundits have voiced dread at becoming The Next San Francisco, where the middle class is disappearing.

A look ahead at Charleston-area hotels in 2019
News :: December 30, 2018

According to the most recent hotel forecast from the commercial real estate firm CBRE, about 35 lodging projects with a combined 4,000 rooms are in the works for the region.

Charleston region to study how bus rapid transit could reshape neighborhoods
News :: December 19, 2018

An emerging bus rapid transit line could transform more than how people travel between Summerville and peninsular Charleston.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.