Let’s set the scene: millions of visitors every year, new hotels being built to accommodate even more, looming cruise ships, local businesses squeezed out of the historic district to make way for tourist-oriented ones, and residents having no option but to follow them.
Salvatore Settis may have been describing Venice, but the description applies certainly applies to Charleston. In 2011, we included Charleston on our 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list when the threat of excessive tourism loomed. In a recent article from Post and Courier, the struggle facing Charleston of prioritizing residents and local business interests while maintaining a tourist destination was laid out. “Maintaining a useful, diverse mix of businesses throughout the city is a critical aspect of neighborhood livability and quality of life for our citizens,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said.
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