• Visions of a Lorelei Project

    As developers swoop into the upper peninsula to save us from our own growing pains, every few years we see a new master planned community to complement and embrace the historic fabric of Charleston. The latest iteration is a planned development of the uninhabited Laurel Island along the banks of the Cooper River. A 160 acre island that once served as the city landfill, and before that a railroad terminal, and before that a plantation,

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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