Sunday, March 18, 2007

Life's Not So Different in Charleston

I’m back from my long business trip to South Carolina. I spent eight days working with the Citistates Group ( in researching and analyzing growth patterns in metropolitan Charleston and what could be done about them.

At first Charleston seemed so different – so historic and Southern. But guess what?

* Home prices are going up faster than people’s incomes because of an influx of affluent outsiders.

* Sprawl is rampant.

* Some local governments are trying to build infill projects to combat sprawl but get resistance from people who live nearby.

* Neighbors say the local governments don’t listen to what they want, and developers claim the permit approval process is a nightmare.

It wasn’t long before I felt right at home.

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