The Highs and Lows of (Re-)Urbanizing Mount Pleasant

The earliest days of Mount Pleasant coincided with the establishment of Charles Town, leading to its first villages in the late 1700s. The ensuring centuries have seen Mount Pleasant develop into a large urban-ish community, with swathes of residential developments and several commercial centers.  A cohesive town center in Mount Pleasant, however, has not been entirely obvious.  Recent efforts to …

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Affordable Housing Proposed for Johns Island

Named for a Johns Island native who dedicated his life to improving the lives of the Sea Island residents there, the Esau Jenkins Village would be located on a 9½ acre property on Maybank Highway. The three story multifamily building design contains 72 units with a lobby entrance. Residents of Esau Jenkins Village would benefit from the great walkability to nearby shopping, including …

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Charleston Restaurants Supporting Pinktober

Breweries for Breasts in Charleston

We all have a few organizations and charities with a special connection to us – for me it’s the likes of American Cancer Society, South Carolina ETV, and Charleston’s own We Are Family. I make sure to throw a few dollars here and there towards the good work done at those and similar outfits. So I’ve been pleased at how …

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Appréciation for French Cuisine in Charleston

Christophe Chocolatier in Charleston

The Lowcountry of South Carolina presents a melange of international influences: African, French, Carribbean, Dutch, and English, all contributing elements of their unique cultures, traditions, and culinary elements. Very early in Charleston’s history, (at the time, the provincial colony of Charles Town) a ship full of French Protestants rolled into Charleston Harbor, fleeing persecution from both the Roman Catholic Church and …

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New Mixed Use Building May Squeeze Onto Upper King Street

Rendering of proposed building at 725 King Street by Neil Stevenson Architects

Recognizing the importance and benefits of weaving affordable residential housing into the evolving urban landscape, a proposal to the Board of Architectural Review would have a mixed use building squeeze into the vacant lot at 725 King Street. With less than 33 street-facing feet to work with, the proposed building has an efficient design to accommodate both commercial and residential …

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