The Charleston Museum auditorium was a packed house last night, with over 300 of the city's most influential leaders and residents openly discussing how a slew of new developments may affect the quality of life for those who call the Holy City home.
Organized by the Historic Charleston Foundation, the special public forum touched on the topics of the improvements to downtown's cruise terminal, traffic, renovations to the City Market, talk of a new African American history museum, Boeing, the new retail zoning for Calhoun Street around Concord Park, and more.
For the first time in a long time in Charleston, the powers that be are embracing change. Change that is going to bring tourists, revenue and and a bright future for years to come. With some patience and cooperation, many locals will begin to see improvements to the city that has become overly popular yet less than functional.
The discussion is far from over, and all in attendance agreed that there will continue to be public forums to discuss and share with citizens the progress of future projects.
The Post and Courier has a solid write-up on last night's meeting, go take a read.
Update January 10:
The Post and Courier has penned a column calling for the plan to be supported.