Arbor Day in Charleston

In Mayor Riley’s 2012 State of the City Address, he proposed the creation of a new organization that would be “committed to the reforestation and beautification of the edges of our suburban neighborhoods.” He was speaking about Charleston’s new 10,000 Trees Commission that seeks to support the planting of trees along highways, shopping areas, streets and parks throughout the city. … Read more

Charleston Recycles

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Charleston County Environmental Management has announced Community Collection Day on Saturday, November 16. Located this year at James Island Elementary School from 9:00am-1:00pm, the event serves to offer Charleston County residents a central location to drop off their discarded items that are not collected via the County’s residential curbside recycling program. highlight the benefits … Read more

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 … Read more

The Beaux-Arts Architecture of King Street

Photo by Jonathan Boncek

The Beaux Arts style is a product of French neoclassical architecture that made its way into American design in the late 19th century. Characterized by masonry walls, façades of quoins, pilasters, or columns, and wall surfaces decorated with garlands, flowers, or shields, the term “Beaux Arts” derives from the École des Beaux-Arts in France. Many American architects studied in the late 19th … Read more

Promoting Green Building as a Matter of Health

The Northern California Chapter of the USGBC is joining forces with several major companies and institutions to launch the Building Health Challenge, a two-year program with a mission to elevate green building as a public health benefit and accelerate the development of transparency standards in building materials. Among the 27 partners are Adobe, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and salesforce.com, marking … Read more

Home Automation Tech is Transforming the Modern Home

While home automation technology has been around for several decades in luxury dwellings, the industry has lagged due to complex installations and high prices. But with the increasing prevalence of smartphones and tablets, smart home tech is becoming easier to use and dramatically more affordable. Morgan Brennan of Forbes Magazine points to a projected $14.1 billion growth in worldwide revenues in … Read more

Post & Courier: Charleston Real Estate Outlook “Sunnier”

There are many reasons to be encouraged by trends in the Charleston real estate market. An interview from this weekend’s Post & Courier details several indicators that suggest that the market’s low point has “come and gone,” according to Bart Jackson, a local buyer’s agent and former appraiser. “Since January of this year, consumer confidence and buying activity have surpassed … Read more