Anchored around the main corridors that lead north from the historic lower peninsula, the boroughs on the upper peninsula has definitely become the hip part of town as the kids say. Passing above the Crosstown Expressway, King Street becomes more residential and mixed use, with the neighborhoods extending to the Ashley River dominated by tree-lined streets of midcentury Craftsman and Foursquare homes. Veins of more established neighborhoods are peppered with Charleston Single houses.
The upper portion of Meeting Street defines the Cooper River side of the upper peninsula, which is being carefully shepherded by the city from a patchwork of aging industrial warehouses into a higher density urban community. Some of the most popular restaurants and venues in the city have been calling the NoMo borough home for a few years now, building the groundwork to sustain developments of mid-rise apartments and condominiums planned there.
The Ashley and Cooper River sides of the Upper Peninsula have taken on a sort of diverging character for a few reasons, not the least of which is that they were split down the middle by the 1960s era Interstate 26 and Crosstown Expressway project. While the division that occurred has required some healing, both culturally and architecturally, both these communities have rebounded and are thriving in their own ways.
The Communities of the Upper Peninsula
Hampton Park Terrace
NoMo (North Morrison)