• Huger Streetscaping

    Huger Street Streetscaping Arial View

    Marking the boundary between historic Charleston and the Upper Peninsula district, Huger Street has served as a secondary roadway connecting Morrison Drive, Meeting Street, King Street, and into the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood. However, the importance and prominence of Huger Street in Charleston’s infrastructure has never been more important. Traffic on the street began to increase with the opening of the Ravenel Bridge in 2005. With the King Street business district continuing to grow into the North Central borough, the

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  • Lower Heating Costs with a Retrofit

    During the few short months that we experience winter weather in the coastal South, many homeowners find themselves in the predicament of balancing indoor comfort with potentially enormous power bills. The causes are many, but with an underlying theme: the house is not sufficiently sealed, and the heating unit is working overtime to replace the warmth that is continuously leaking into the outdoors. While we are aware of the quick fixes to a leaky home – weatherstripping the drafty

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  • Nest Thermostat Sale

    The Nest Thermostat (2nd Generation) is on sale for $199 – that’s $50 off its list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen – through Monday December 1st. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. [amazon template=iframe image&asin=B009GDHYPQ] Check Compatibility with your system. The Nest thermostat learns from you – your temperature adjustments, your house, your patterns. Teach it well

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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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  • Fall Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs

    With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time for home maintenance. A few weekends of work before the weather really turns will help you get ready for winter and avoid any nasty surprises – and big repair bills – the cold might bring. Here’s your must-do checklist for fall. Gutter Maintenance Clogged gutters can allow overflowing water to damage walls, spark a rodent infestation and erode your landscaping. Worse, the

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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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  • Historic Property Lectures

    Do you own a historic property? Historic Charleston Foundation is hosting a stewardship lecture series this fall aimed at helping owners of historic homes address the unique challenges of historic ownership. The Foundation’s newest fall lecture series will examine the anatomy and craftsmanship of various features of the historic house. This series will explore the best preservation treatments for shutters, windows, paint, and roofs. Master restoration contractor David Hoffman of Edgewood Builders will introduce you

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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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