Monday, March 20, 2017
If you don’t know who Simon Kuznets was, you were probably an English major or a psychology major. You were almost certainly not an econ major.
Professor Kuznets invented National Income Accounting, which brought us the world’s most widely used measure of economic well-being, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). National Income Accounting systematized the evaluation of economic activity in America. Its misuse is also one of the reasons we are in so much trouble today.
Monday, March 13, 2017
We had a wonderful trip to Bull’s Island this Saturday, including a prolonged encounter with a bald eagle.
The recovery of bald eagles in America, from fewer than 450 breeding pairs in the 1960s to tens of thousands today is one of the great conservation success stories. (US Fish and Wildlife stopped counting eagles in 2007 when the bird was removed from the endangered species list.) Like hundreds of other animals and plants, rivers and…
Thursday, March 2, 2017
I wanted to follow up with you on Monday’s email from our Board Chair Margot Rose about the transition at the Conservation League and my new role there. The irrepressible Quintin Washington interviewed me yesterday about those changes.
Quintin covers, much better than I could have done by myself, some of our higher profile projects over the past 27 years and how we expect to continue that work in the…
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
“Nothing wholly admirable ever happens in this country except the migration of birds.”
Brooks Atkinson would agree that there has been a lot admirable happening this week. We are in that magical season when winter residents are still here, (this includes northerners, but today I’m writing about birds), but spring migrants have begun arriving from the tropics.
Bear Island in the ACE basin was alive with ducks, swans, white pelicans and avocets, but also with…
Monday, January 16, 2017
This week’s news featured some of the Lowcountry’s most noteworthy places – some threatened with disappearing, others disparaged as oversized, some on the brink of revival, others endowed with national significance.
But first, you probably noticed that most of this month has not felt like January. In fact, Charleston set a temperature record on Friday the 13th, (ominously), of 80 degrees. While this may have been exciting if you were headed for the beach, people…
Thursday, September 29, 2016
By Dana Beach
Over the years the Conservation League has worked with cities and counties to plan collaboratively with an eye toward environmental protection. One of the first counties to take up the comprehensive planning mantel was Beaufort, in the mid-1990s. But the road has not always been smooth.
A major challenge came from what we called “rogue” towns that, at the behest of developers, annexed property with the explicit goal of undermining stronger county zoning…
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Last week I described the news as a mixed bag. This week I’ll describe it as a (literal) bag.
In this excellent overview by the Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington, you will learn that single use plastic bag bans in South Carolina are attracting national attention.
This comes both from conservationists and coastal communities concerned about the rising tide of plastic in the ocean and the terrestrial environment, and from the plastic bag industry, who…
Monday, June 20, 2016
This week brought three topics together that are too often considered in isolation: affordable housing, urban design and transportation.
The first article, by Warren Wise with the Post and Courier, reports on Thursday’s housing summit in Charleston, sponsored by the Lowcountry Community Loan Fund. The theme of the conference, around which there was virtually unanimous agreement, is that poor planning and zoning is a major contributor to the Lowcountry’s housing affordability problem, and that solving…
Monday, June 6, 2016
Beautiful is the best way to describe Acacia Mack’s description of her childhood home on James Island Creek. Ms. Mack, whose family has lived in a bucolic family compound on James Island for more than three generations, says it is her “Battery, Waterfront Park and Pineapple all wrapped up in one.” Diane Knich writes in the Post and Courier that the I 526 extension would have obliterated this small community of relatives and neighbors, passing within 80 feet of the modest…
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
This was a banner week for transportation in South Carolina. On Thursday, after more than a decade of blood, toil, sweat and tears on the part of concerned citizens and the Conservation League, the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) voted to withdraw funds for the I-526 extension to John’s Island. The demise of this project, which had become the most expensive highway in South Carolina’s history, has the potential to launch a fresh, new discussion about transportation planning.