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  1. Grand old house, looks like it's being restored, hopefully that is the case. I'm willing to bet that an old house like that has some very solid wood still left to be utilized.
  2. This is definitely a good idea if finances allow. Dorchester Road is choked with traffic during the morning and evening rush hours. I remember when this part of Dorchester Road was expanded years ago but the problem has only gotten worse. However, a better location would be at the shopping center right between Old Trolley Road and Ladson Road. Having a park and ride lot at the Wal-Mart is a bad idea, that area is a terrible bottleneck. The shopping center has a better traffic flow pattern around it.
  3. Those bouquets are indeed made from Palmetto leaves. These display a level of talent and initiative, however, there was a debate back in 2007 concerning the young boys from downtown neighborhoods that would make these Palmetto frond flowers to sell to tourists. Apparently some thought that they were more of a nuisance rather than an enterprise.
  4. Thanks for that info, I'm glad that some of SC's natural assets aren't being overlooked. This is one of the benefits of being a midsized city without too much dirty industry.
  5. This is wonderful news for both Charleston and SC. This homegrown South Carolina company is definitely making some waves in the defense contractor industry.
  6. I don't see how Charleston could not move up with such a massive development. Aren't each of the 17 buildings supposed to be the approxomate size of Northwoods Mall? Also, the Jedburg interchange could use an upgrade now and even if the Sheep Island Rd, etc interchange is built. There has been a substantial increase in the amount of traffic and trucks using the interchange and traffic backups are now stretching to the Interstate which has never happened before. When this mixed use project gets off the ground the 500 or so homes and commercial/retail sites planned for Ridgeville will be all but garruanteed.
  7. That's not a bad showing for the old town, I notice however that Savannah has a higher ranking than Charleston. Also, you'd think that Savannah's focus would be on leisure like Charleston's but Savannah appears to be less diversified, focusing strictly on business services and wholesale. No surprise there with the millions of square feet of warehouse space near Savannah but Charleston will be catching up soon. Charleston appears to be somewhat of a financial center to my surprise with Financial Services, Business Services, and Leisure being the metro's focus. I wonder how they overlooked the medical industry?
  8. It is amazing to watch the transformation of Midtown and they are building at a furious pace. Here are some more pictures of the neighborhood. Just look at the density!
  9. Some street scenes and new construction from Charleston's Midtown.
  10. That is a very attractive bell tower the church has.
  11. I had a chance to ride down Upper King Street yesterday and it looks very nice indeed. It is definitely much more pedestrian friendly and helps to bring the atmosphere of Lower King to Upper King. I was surprised to see that the work extended past the Crosstown and up towards the Philip Simmons shop.
  12. Indeed, this will be a definite plus for the Citadel Mall and the restaurants located in West Ashley, especially along the southern portions of Sam Rittenburg and Savannah Hwy. Who knows? Perhaps this will even prompt the renovation of the nearby theatre into a more modern facility with stadium seating and more screens or the building of an entirely new theatre.
  13. These "throwback' stores are definitely losing a lot of customers by refusing to accept credit and debit cards. I also rarely carry cash and I know that many other people as well don't carry cash in the amounts that was once common.
  14. This is welcomed news for Calhoum county, I'm sure Starbucks will make a good corporate citizen in the community.
  15. I could very well be wrong about this but it seems to me that West Ashley is about built out as far as gas stations go. The only two options I see for new gas stations is to continue to build new ones further and further out (what they are actually doing in fact) or demolish a few houses or businesses closer in to find the neccessary space. I haven't seen that done in West Ashley in a long time.
  16. You're quite correct about that, I remember one station in particular, the Spinx on Hwy. 276 in Slater-Marietta, I swore that this station had some of the cheapest gas in SC. Everytime I passed that station I filled up. It was much cheaper than anything in or closer to Greenville.
  17. You're very correct about that. I can think of several metro roads that have a relative lack of gas stations considering their extensive length. Central Rivers Ave, middle and upper Dorchester Rd and Hwy 17 in Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley immediately come to mind. The gas stations that these roads do have tend be very high like you said, especially in Mt. Pleasant. On the other hand St. James Ave. in Goose Creek has very cheap gas stations, Especially the Little Cricket, Wal-Mart and Hess. Red Bank Rd. is very reasonable as are the few stations on West Montague Ave and Hwy. 17-A in Summerville.
  18. Chartleston certainly has two extremes when it comes to transportation costs. On one hand we have some of the highest airfare prices in the nation but on the other hand Charleston has been ranked in a national survey as having the cheapest gas prices in the nation. In this state I've always seen Columbia and Greenville as having cheaper gas than Charleston.
  19. The Magnolia Development Company will seek to remove the soil contamination located on an old phosphate mine and chemical manufacturing site in a joint effort witht the former owners of the site, Exxon Mobil. The 35 acre site and another 65 acres nearby will eventually be the location of "2,800 residential units, hundreds of thousands of square feet for new offices, businesses, hotels and parks and as many as 7,000 parking spaces." The land is across the street from the old Baker Hospital where incidentally a taxi driver was found murdered a few years ago. Environmental cleanup is expected to begin in June and will involve the removal and burial of tons of polluted soil up to 8 ft. in depth. While a definite sign of progress and environmental good, one has to wonder how this will affect the mostly low income residents of the surrounding Charleston Heights neighborhoods. In addition this has the potential to greatly increase the amount of traffic using the I-26/Cosgrove Interchange and the eventual port connector to be located near the King/Meeting St. exit.
  20. There was once significant flea market in Santee years ago that I enjoyed visiting. It has since fallen by the wayside and closed, leaving Ladson and Orangeburg with the closest flea markets to eastern Orangeburg county.
  21. That's especially true if we have to deal with Crowfield-type pricing. It would be nice to see more affordable housing built in that direction and while Crowfield is very nicely landscaped it seems to be the epitome of wasteful suburban sprawl.
  22. The idea of barging containers from the ports of Charleston to a new terminal on Lake Marion at Santee was scrapped but the company is still going through with the idea of an intermodal facility and industrial park at I-95 and Hwy 301. Carolinks has also recently teamed up with a nationally known developer and builder with offices in Charleston to design and build the project. Wow, I didn't know that Springfield had a flea market. Is it a good size? Bigger than Orangeburg's maybe?
  23. Wow, after following your link, it looks like many of the folks up in NC aren't happy about the incentives deal given to Google. Hopefully SC didn't give Google the farm especially since it looks like not many (or any) spinoff industries will come from this.
  24. What you are saying could very well be true. I doubt however that you'll find many people in this relatively poor county complaining. I'm for them as long as they don't degrade the quality of life or pollute the environment excessively. I agree with you on the western part of the county, it is the poorest and most isolated and could use a boost like this. How far exactly is I-20 and Augusta-Aiken from this part of the county? It seems that I remember I-20 being fairly close to Springfield.
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