Monthly Archives: July 2015

Those Sweet Little Shops

While visiting cities around the country (and the world), we are always on the lookout for uniquely local shops that embody the spirit of a place.   Bookshops can be a good bet, especially in college towns. Famous spots such as Shakespeare and Company in Paris, or City Lights in San Francisco feel almost cliche’. But, get […]

Pay for Your Waste

Simply put, I’m tired of our City encouraging wasteful behavior, and the biggest problem starts with the residential trash service. In order to improve our quality of life and promote a more sustainable future (focused on zero waste), I would implement several changes. 1) Tiered pricing for garbage collection. The City already offers 3 different […]

Crowd-fund Community Needs

I would like to see the City create a portal for people to crowd-fund community projects/needs. Ideally the City will “pre-approve” these ideas and that once funding goals are achieved, there is a process in place to quickly implement the idea. This has great potential for success on small scale projects (like bike racks and […]

Charleston Moves

This week’s blog post features another in our series of interviews with Charleston’s movers and shakers who are working to make Charleston more livable for everyone. We celebrate Kurt Cavanaugh’s one-year anniversary as the first full-time Executive Director of Charleston Moves, and applaud his efforts at getting the message out to make our roads, sidewalks, and […]

A New Center for West Ashley

THE PROJECT Around the country, enclosed malls are being redesigned, rebuilt and revitalized. This isn’t anything new: dying malls from Colorado to Virginia to Florida have been redeveloped into new, dynamic places. The Great Recession caused a temporary stop on the construction of enclosed malls, and in 2007, for the first time in 50 years, […]

Preserve and develop handmade textile arts

Textile traditions are the glue that helped families and friends connect, keep warm and show their love through handmade household items. Unfortunately these art forms were often restricted to their communities and had limited access to the consumer market . The idea I would like to share is the creation of a cottage industry model […]