• Preparing for Heavy Rain

    As we stare down an epic rainfall event in Charleston, preparation for potential damage to homes is in order. To help ensure personal safety and the protection of our homes and personal property, consider these guidelines from Rain Ready, an initiative of the urban sustainability laboratory Center for Neighborhood Technology. Before The Event Inspect your home. Remove leaves and debris from gutters, clear your storm drains and drainage areas of any debris or trash, make

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  • Charleston Street Flooding, Mapped

    Crowd sourcing data can produce wonderfully useful results. In this case, a crowd-sourced map of flood-prone streets in notoriously flood-prone Charleston. We’re entering the rainy season in August, so use scrupulously.

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  • Green Space on Upper King

    King Street Public Square

    As Upper King Street continues along its path of revitalization, much is said of hotels, condos, and office space. As developers rush to fill every square inch of the once dilapidated area in the center of the peninsula between King and Meeting Streets, City of Charleston has worked to keep focus on the character and livability of this burgeoning district. The original Downtown Plan, developed in 1999, outlined a vision for taller, denser buildings in the peninsula’s midtown, but current

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  • 7 Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Dinner

    You don’t have to go cold tofurkey to green your Thanksgiving meal. Try these seven ways to have a celebration full of all your favorite Thanksgiving traditions — while putting some eco-friendly twists on your feast.       1. Have the “coolest” Turkey Day ever Can a turkey dinner help fight climate change? It can when it’s made using foods that have a low carbon footprint. Wondering if it’s greener to opt for Tofurkey

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  • Army Corps to Deepen Charleston Harbor

    The S.C. Ports Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers have finalized a plan to deepen the Charleston harbor. They still need public input and to go through more than a year of a formal approval process. They presented the $509 million project to the public Tuesday night; $343 million from state funds and $166 million from federal funds. Officials described the deepening as necessary to be able to accommodate the growing size of ships.

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  • Designing the Upper Peninsula

    Charleston’s intentions for The Upper Peninsula Initiative are to direct population growth towards the city center in an effort to mitigate sprawl. Of the eight strategies implemented in the EcoDistricts framework, Urban Form & Pattern has the most apparent and enduring influence. The arrangement of building densities, their heights and architectural styles, as well as the natural environment and transportation infrastructures are all paramount in the planning for Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. This urban structure is fluid, changing over time in

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  • How Clean is Charleston Tap Water?

    I read this week about Boston winning the 2014 “Best of the Best” in a taste test hosted by the American Water Works Association. The tap water in Boston is so clean, the city got a waiver from the EPA mandate that requires cities to filter and treat tap water, which typically involves a veritable cocktail of unpleasant chemicals dumped by the tons. My first thought was the taste of Charleston tap water – it’s

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  • A Livable Upper Peninsula

    Venture north along the east side of the Charleston upper peninsula, and you will see the charm and history of the port city taper into an disjointed patchwork of abandoned industrial sites, public housing, and a sprinkling of trendy restaurants. The area is the obvious next frontier for growth in Charleston, and City Hall wants to make sure development occurs in a thoughtful way. Enter the Upper Peninsula Initiative. An Outlet for Growth When you speak with Charleston’s chief city

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  • Christmas Tree Recycling

    As it does every year, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department is offering its Christmas tree recycling to everyone in the county. Once depleted of their holiday cheer, they are ground into compost at the Bees Ferry Compost Facility. Collection is easy – if you live in a municipality where curbside yard waste is picked up, then trees can be left at the curb; otherwise you can drop your tree off at the Bees Ferry site. Added bonus: if

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  • Lowcountry Lowline to Reconnect Neighborhoods

    Many scars remain in Charleston from transportation works projects of decades past, from a time when all civic projects were laser focused on an automobile-centric vision for a city’s future. In the 1960s, our fair port city was connected with America’s burgeoning interstate highway system with the Interstate 26 project. Paving a beeline freeway from the upstate, zipping through the capital city of Columbia and sailing across the Interstate 95 interchange, the most difficult portion of its construction

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