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Charleston, SC....The Low Country

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Charleston is a wonderful, active, and beautiful historic southern coastal city. I was very impressed to see the amount of growth and industrial activity taking place in the city. BTW, the new US 17 bridge is going to provide beautiful views of the area, when its completed. Anyway, here are some pics around Charleston.

new construction

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Charleston's tallest

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a highrise on Broad Street

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sidewalk activity on Meeting Street

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King Street

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Meeting Street

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Charleston Place Hotel

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Bubba Gump Seafood

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Bay Street (French Quarter)

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Charleston Aquarium

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The Battery

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The Battery

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Tradd Street

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Waterfront Park

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Rainbow Row

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The Market

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Church Street

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an abandoned industrial building at the old Naval Station

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Absolutely beautiful place! It's been a long time since I've been there...I live pretty close too, maybe a 4 hour drive or possibly a little longer. Thanks for the pics, the city is looking great!

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Very nice !

I have some distant roots in Charleston (my great-great-great grandparents moved from Charleston to Tuscaloosa in the 1820s & I think their home in downtown Charleston is possibly still there), but it's a cool city to visit for the historic vibe, in general. When I visited Charleston, I stayed in the suburb of Summerville, a very pleasant place with antebellum mansions and gardens.

All of those old coastal cities have that groovy old dense vibe to them, such as New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston, St. Augustine, and to a lesser extent (mostly because they have less money & tourism, and therefore have been less able to preserve what they once had) Mobile and Pensacola.

The "Lowcountry cuisine" in Charleston was excellent, also !

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^I thought about attempting to snap a shot of it, while driving across the old Southbound lane truss bridge, but I felt that should keep both hands on the wheel, do to its poor conditions.

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^yeah, it sure beats the metal or tilt wall buildings they put up over night now. BTW, there are several more of these old industrial beauties in the Charleston area.

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^I came across several condo projects under construction in the core of Charleston. There was also a Piggly Wiggly grocery store being built. It was also pretty easy to point out things that had been built since I had last visited the city about 4 years ago. These things include the new bridge, several restaurants, condos & apartments, roof top bars & dining areas, a large book & music store, and an old warehouse that has been turned into a 24 hour Harris Teeter grocery store.

As far as the suburbs go, Mount Pleasant is booming along the I-526 corridor and I noticed a lot of new chain stores and shopping centers in North Charleston. So the area is definately growing.

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Some beautiful heritage buildings in many pastel colors.The pics oooz with charm!. Good on you Charleston! :P

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AMAZING SET!!!

When I was in Charleston I snapped a photo in this exact spot and the exact scene...amazing!

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One thing I can say about Charleston. For a small city, it has the happening night life of a big city. Historic Charleston has a similar feel to the French Quarter in New Orleans. Historic Charleston also reminds you of some parts of San Fransico and Europe.

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Here is the comparison. Here a photo I took in 1997. (the qaulity in my photo is poor because I too a small digital image and blew it up.)

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here is thelakelanders

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Nice. I really want to take a trip down the coast soon and see Charleston, Wilmington, and Savannah.

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Sorry I didn't have time to comment more earlier. Were these pics taken during Spoleto? I know Charleston is a crowded place, but there are alot more people there then normal.

Those are some of the best pictures of Charleston I've seen in a while. I'm going to have to borrow some for my background :)

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Great pics, and thanks for the tour! Charleston looks like a great city. It's on my "list of places to visit" although I might not get there for a while, since there are way too many cities I need to see.

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Charleston reminds me a lot of Ocala, Florida... Hmm. Just my opinion.

How? Ocala is the last thing that comes to mind when I think of Charleston. Lakeland, maybe, but Charleston....how?

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Yeah, I'm not seeing the Ocala thing either. When I think of Charleston I think of Savanah for some reason, but certainly not Ocala! I've not been to Ocala, but from what I've seen, it's all newer suburbs.

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Definitely not Ocala. Ocala is horse country. The downtown area has some nice older victorian neighborhoods and a pleasant downtown but nothing along the lines of Charleston. Ocala isn't even the largest city in that region, that would be Gainesville.

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