Is this the worst street in Charleston?

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Just two blocks from two multi-million dollar developments on Meeting Street, a few minute walk to the Dewberry Hotel that asks upwards of $500 – $600 a night, a stone throw from the illustrious Cooper River Bridge and the mainstay Marion Square is Cooper Street on the East Side of Charleston.? With its burnt down and boarded up homes, garage clustering the sidewalks, unkempt yards and no trespassing signs, this street could be a symbol of the poverty that Charleston is masking from the public as it thrusts itself into a renaissance of prosperity and profit.

How can a street so close to a city thriving in all directions, be so neglected?? This is a only one of many streets and neighborhoods damaged by time and yearning for support or subject to future demolition to make room for the future 5 star city experience of the Jewel of the South.? There are many questions that need to be be addressed?

  • Is the city ill-equipped to assist or are they just choosing to let these neighborhoods rot away until they are taken over?
  • Is there a racial and/or economic struggle within the underbelly of the community?
  • What is the cost of prosperity vs. the cost of fixing the infrastructure and the lives of locals who have called this place home for generations?
  • Is this home work 137K?
  • Or this for 595K
  • Is there room to turn these neighborhoods around or is the end near?

This morning, we walked this street, that to the naked eye, looks like it has been left to die in a wasteland of neglect.

We welcome your thoughts.

 

GALLERY: Forgotten Charleston – Images of a City Still in Decay

Huger Street
Huger Street

By Mark A. Leon

While the peninsula is thriving with record numbers of tourists, new high end retail and restaurant neighbors, robust housing prices and hotels and boutiques popping up annually, it is easy to see that sheltered in the thriving Historic Charleston district is a city that is still suffering from the pains of poverty and infrastructural decline.

There are spots of Charleston that resemble poverty stricken Argentina or Camden, NJ more than the majestic Biltmore Estate.

One of the missions of Charleston is one community.? That is a promise made by our leadership and a commitment we stand behind.? Sometimes words and actions don’t always find their way to a cohesive partnership.

We wanted to share some images of Charleston that you may not see in your everyday journey’s or perhaps you just turn a dumb eye.? It is important to bring attention to the fact that we have serious infrastructure concerns, flooding and a growing separation point between the wealthy and the poor.

Cannon Street
Cannon Street

 

 

Upper Rutledge Avenue
Upper Rutledge Avenue

 

King Street Barber Shop
King Street Barber Shop

 

Graffiti on Wentworth
Graffiti on Wentworth

 

Spring Street
Spring Street

 

Unitarian Cemetery
Unitarian Cemetery

 

House behind Emanuel AME
House behind Emanuel AME

 

Westside Neighborhood
Westside Neighborhood

 

Empty Wentworth Home
Empty Wentworth Home

 

Traffic Sign down
Traffic Sign down

 

Ashley Avenue (Colonial Park)
Ashley Avenue (Colonial Park)

 

Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park

 

Radcliffe Street
Radcliffe Street

 

Spring Street
Spring Street

 

Cistern Yard (College of Charleston)
Cistern Yard (College of Charleston)

 

Coming Market
Coming Market

 

Rutledge Avenue
Rutledge Avenue

 

 

Old Door of America Street
Old Door of America Street

 

Cannon Street
Cannon Street