If I were mayor I would enforce a 20% decrease in prices for locals on retail and restaurants on Peninsular Charleston and at select popular venues in the greater Charleston area which fluently cater to the needs of tourists and locals alike, but which sport the price tags suited for a vacation rather than daily life. Locals would be issued a “locals card” which would award them the discount when presented, much like locals in Key West are awarded discounts for being required to tolerate tourists and tourist prices.
Now that the Wendy’s is closed between the northbound and southbound lanes of the 17 Crosstown, I’d like to see the city take over the property and create a park with a large retention pond or other water feature that could absorb some of the flood waters in that area. It should then be crisscrossed with walking paths for MUSC employees who park their cars on Lockwood. The area could be a much improved visual entrance to our city, perform as a solution to some of the flooding and increase walking between areas of businesses, eating establishments and parking.
We know that certain Charleston County schools have a winning formula, or at least excel in certain areas. Top-performing schools should be exchanging ideas and providing mentoring for other schools in the area. Ideas on how to approach curriculum, enrichment, character-building, resource needs, and fund-raising could be shared instead of everyone always having to re-invent the wheel.