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Threats to credit ratings, bogus and real. Why Vancouver is delightful. Bad zoning makes bad communities. Young farmers on the rise. Dolphins love Beaufort! Goldfinch doesn’t love dolphins. Or public participation…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Folks, Every year or so, a politician pronounces that something he supports must be done to protect the city or county’s credit rating.  Consider Charleston County Council, for example, where I-526 boosters have routinely justified building the interstate to Johns Island because our “bond rating would suffer” if they didn’t.  This was always hogwash and most people knew it. But here’s a real threat to local government credit.  Bloomberg News reports that Moody’s, the bond rating agency, will…

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The two most important conservation groups you’ve never heard of. The expanding greenbelt. Marsh transit in Cape Romain. Hardeeville on steroids. Two centuries to fix the Battery? How to fix democracy.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Folks, The Thanksgiving weekend was glorious in every way.  The rainy, cool day of thanks was perfect for running.  Charleston’s Marc Embler set a state record in Charleston’s Turkey Day 5-kilometer race, in the “antique” category, (in which I was an “also ran”), with a blistering 17:43 time.  It was also ideal for leisurely dining, without the anxiety of cleaning up in time for an afternoon outing. We took our Thanksgiving field trip to Bulls Island…

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Democracy in Ohio. Bears Ear National Monument? Ocean sanctuaries no more. But a reprieve for elephants. Marsh tackies population explosion. Lowcountry food every month. Rudy catches a snake (again). Pedestrians of the world unite!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Once an idea has taken hold of the American people’s minds, whether it’s a just one or an unreasonable one, nothing is more difficult than to uproot it.  The same thing has been observed in England, the European country which for the past century has had the greatest liberty of thought and also the most invincible prejudices. Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Democracy is the worst form of government,…

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My philosophy of everything in 15 minutes. Gullah culture and climate change. Raising houses and public awareness. Downsizing houses. More EPA private meetings. It’s too darn hot (again). Coal is down. Turtles are up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Folks, Finally, winter was here!  (Yesterday…) The first item of the week comes from the Charlie Rose of Charleston… the Dick Cavett of Marion Square… the Oprah Winfrey of Wentworth Street…  Quintin Washington!  In this episode, Quintin interviews me on a wide array of subjects – our incoming Executive Director, Laura Cantral; our beloved state’s pre-modern, pre-logical political culture; the nuclear plant fiasco; getting stuff done; flooding solutions; and, of course, the continued paralysis over the…

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Housing crunch, but we can help. Curing the budget deficit and climate change at the same time! CO2 levels Homo erectus would have experienced. Replacing Scott Pruitt. Caring for oysters.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Folks, After almost suffocating under an avalanche of important news, I have finally winnowed this week’s news summary to a few themes.  I’ll start with housing. Sunday’s Post and Courier featured a front-page article on Charleston’s housing affordability crisis, proclaiming that it is “on pace to mirror San Francisco’s.” Post and Courier: Charleston’s housing crisis is on pace to mirror San Francisco’s. Shunning development could make it worse. Housing affordability in the metropolitan area is indeed a critical and…

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Final Countdown: Comment now on DHEC’s revised lines

Friday, November 3, 2017

What is the latest on those wonky DHEC setback lines? (To comply with the Beachfront Management Act, DHEC is updating the baseline and setback lines for coastal development. You can read all about it in my last blog entry here. Remember: The last day to comment is November 6!) Here’s the latest: Last week, Governor McMaster called on DHEC to delay setting the lines by extending the public comment…

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Freeways give way to neighborhoods. Supremes reject Charleston County’s 526 appeal. Better uses for 3/4 billion dollars. Setback lines potentially set back. Shame over plastic bags. Conservative consistency. Clams (and oysters) have ears (really).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Folks, I hope everyone had an enjoyable, breezy weekend. You’ve probably heard about the epic battle between Robert Moses (“The Master Builder”) and Jane Jacobs (“The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) over the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway, a 10-lane elevated highway that would have plowed through Greenwich Village.  The short story is that Jacobs, with a cadre of “mothers,” as Moses characterized them, and others, prevailed, handing Moses one of the few defeats in his…

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Setting Lines for South Carolina’s Dynamic Shoreline

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In the last few years, coastal communities have weathered intense storms and difficult periods of recovery. This trend will continue. In order to build resilience, we must be forward-thinking. Now is the time to craft sound regulatory decisions around coastal policy. South Carolina is on the right track. Last spring, members of the Coastal Conservation League, citizens, and our conservation coalition partners worked with Rep. Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R-Beaufort), Rep. James Smith…

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There’s something about Marvin. Falling on standing. Floating in on golden parachutes. Solving the energy conundrum in one word – competition. No more Frogger on Maybank!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Folks, Long time, no news summary…  And it’s not because nothing has been going on!  (I’ve just been too distracted to summarize…) The first item falls under the category of “no good deed goes unpunished.” South Carolina dedicates comparatively little state funding to land conservation unlike, say, Florida, which persistently deployed around $300 million a year to protect habitat.  But despite the modest size of our financial commitment, we have done a spectacular job of spending money…

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A Word from the Warehouse – October 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

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