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Mayor Riley wants to plant 10,000 trees. I like the initiative. My only question: what kind? Hopefully no more than 10-20% of that will be palmetto or palm of any variety.

Charleston has top Hotel in US and 6 of the top 25 1.French Quarter Inn  3. The Spectator   

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Well many of the historic sites were left in tact. Most of the damage shown on TV was on the barrier islands and McClellenville; although damage was not uncommon elsewhere. Federal and State assistance did help. There were many many volunteers and the evacuation was pretty sound. Local government did a good job cleaning up the area afterwards. The thing different about Charleston was that nobody gave up on it. Nobody said there shouldn't be a city here due to the proximity to sea level. The crime rate for downtown Charleston was bad in the 80s but little national attention was given to that fact, which spared us the bad publicity. Also, everybody returned rather quickly to the area for clean-up. New Orleans on the other hand became a no mans land after the deluge. Charleston also amped up its shipping capacity and has a very competitive port (6th largest in the nation. The greatest thing we have in common with New Orleans is that it boast great tourist activities. I'd say a huge chunk of the money that comes into Charleston is soley related to tourist. Oh and we didn't have CNN report about a spike in murders after the huricane and how our police force deserted the city. It sounds harsh, but sadly that's reality.

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Well there were certainly major differences between the aftermaths of Hugo in Charleston and Katrina in New Orleans. The reports of crime in New Orleans really hurt the city's tourism and convention market early on, but tourism in the city has come back strong in the last 7-10 months. NOLA was completely out of the top 25 on the new most dangerous cities list, which may not say much for many cities, but is great news for New Orleans. The city has a major problem with cocaine and heroin trade that results in at least 90% of the murders here, and that is still a major problem, but crime as a whole is slowly being taken under control.

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That was a great article. There are a lot of relevant comparisons and lessons that New Orleans can learn from. I think that the biggest difference is that New Orleans had many problems before Katrina- namely crime any poverty, where Charleston did not (at least not at relevant scale).

As a city planner, New Orleans is a fascinating place. I'm interested to see how the efforts to revive the city will pan out.

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The Bridge has a problem w/ the wiring or the computers that control the lights. I read a few weeks ago in the P & C it could take a little while to fix.

Columbus, OH had the same problem w/ lights that were installed in arches in it's Short North Area. They were supposed to arch over the street for a couple miles and be lit up at night, and half of the arches didn't work for like a year b4 they figured out exactly what happened and fixed them.

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I think Charleston is the most beautiful city in America. The neighborhoods, the colors of the houses, the architecture. Everything. I am born and raise downtown so thats all I ever knew. Growing up I didnt realize or appreciate it the way I do now because I didnt know anything different. All I knew was Charleston. Now that Ive been other places. Coming back home just makes me realize how unique the city looks. How tall the houses are. Im just now realizing the fact that a lot of our houses are 3-4 storys tall. Its nothing to see a 3 or 4 story single house lined on one of the streets. All down to the floorboards. Ours are all different sizes, as opposed to modern wooden floors where everything is uniformily cut. Our houses are so old wit the red tin roofs. Charleston looks completely different from anywhere else in the country. I had to go away and come back to truly appreciate how beautiful our city is.

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Did anyone hear that the Ravenel bridge may not hold its title much longer as the longest cable stayed bridge in N. America? From what I saw on the news, a bridge is bring constructed in either Lousiana or Arkansas (I forgot which one) that will span a little longer than Charleston's.

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I think that the biggest difference is that New Orleans had many problems before Katrina- namely crime any poverty, where Charleston did not (at least not at relevant scale).

Are you serious? You dont really believe this do you?

Do you remember Downtown Charleston before Hugo?

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Haha, no surprises there! Have you been down Johnnie Dodds Blvd? Its horrible. Its the worst possible set up for pedestrians. Its a stark contrast to the west of the Cooper River, which is one of the greatest walking cities in America.

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