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Riley completes 40 years as Mayor

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I first came to Charleston to visit my father who had retired here, and he drove me downtown to see what was becoming "Charleston Place". To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement. Downtown was still pretty seedy in most parts and had little business traffic, so when I go down there now a days it just seems incredible, with block after block of stores, shops, and restaurants, not to mention the many wonderful public spaces. Like him or hate him, he set the stage for the city becoming a world class city.

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I bought the recently published biography, I will post tidbits as I read through it. Finding the time is the hard part for me. 

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Great read!  Thanks!  Yes, we  <3 Joe and CHARLESTON.  King Street Mid-Town is better than ever!  Even the north part of Spring Street (north of King Street) is all cleaned up w/luxury condos/apartments & high-end restaurants and shops near Meeting Street/Eastside, an area that is no longer the same!  And The Pig (Piggly Wiggly) is gone, too...Had a great time in CHARLESTON during November...

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Hard to imagine Charleston without Riley at the helm. He's legendary.

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