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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Global Tourism Backlash
News :: August 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Risky Waters
News :: August 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News :: July 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News :: April 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News :: February 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charleston will have to choose between flooding prevention and I-526
News :: February 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Need Complete Neighborhoods
News :: February 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News :: January 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

News :: December 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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