Myths abound about roads and development
By DR. PAUL ROBERTS
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
28, 2010 - A common myth is that new roads bring new development
- I call it the "build it and they will come" myth. Conditions
have to be right for development to occur. There has to be unfilled
demand and some infrastructure -- water, sewer, schools, communications,
actually plays a far more important role than transportation. How
many times have you seen an area with no planning, unsightly roadside
development and traffic congestion growing like crazy? Access is
only one of the elements contributing to development. If an area
is ready to develop, nothing is going to stop it.
is misguided to try to stop population increases by blocking attempts
to put in place needed long-term infrastructure. If nothing is done,
development will occur along the existing roads, empty land will
fill up with new housing, congestion will increase to the point
that it is intolerable, and the accident rate will grow. If we wait,
the only thing that can be done to prevent gridlock is to widen
the existing roads. Disruption to the community and the environment
will be significant, and the cost will be monumental. Unrestricted
access will encourage still more development including strip malls,
convenience stores and five-lane roads, which are not only dangerous,
years, Johns Island was a rural oasis on the periphery of the Charleston
urban area. Swing bridges over the Stono River made travel unreliable.
The roads were narrow and closely lined with big trees. In 2006,
new high-level bridges over the Stono were completed and travel
became more reliable. The real estate market picked up and "land
for sale" signs appeared everywhere. Several larger housing
developments were opened and dozens of smaller ones were planned.
Then, the real estate crash of 2007 brought the anticipated boom
to a temporary halt.
then, Boeing and Google have moved into the area. Advent Environmental
Inc. of Mount Pleasant will participate in a contract from the U.S.
Air Force worth up to $350 million. SAIC has been awarded a $6.3
million contract for tactical mobile systems by the U.S. Navy. Wind
Mill Research, Mankiewicz Coatings LLC and a major tire manufacturer
have all made plans to locate here. The new director of the Port
of Charleston anticipates a revived future. Retirees have discovered
the Lowcountry is a great place to live. Johns Island will participate
in the area-wide growth that is about to happen.
say that there are no real traffic problems on Johns Island. Many
places in the region are more heavily populated and have more traffic.
However, a traffic problem on Johns Island already exists. The sea
islands of Kiawah and Seabrook provide jobs for about 11,000 area
citizens. Freshfields shoppers add still more traffic. In addition,
there are more than 100,000 island visitors during the course of
a year for vacation and recreation - golf, tennis, boating, birding
or just to relax on the beaches. While the islands have more than
6,000 homes, residents account for fewer than 5 percent of daily
trips. By 2030, total traffic to and from Kiawah and Seabrook will
average more than 20,000 trips per day.
addition, about 10,000 "commute-to-work" trips per day
are forecast for Johns Island residents who live to the south and
east of Maybank Highway and work off-island. What's worse, the population
in this portion of Johns Island can double without a single change
to the current zoning.
roads are dangerous, and congestion is reached at much lower traffic
volumes on narrow country roads without shoulders. It is important
to address this problem now while something can still be done-while
open land still exists, and construction costs are still low.
that don't plan for future growth will be forced to live out their
futures in poorly functioning, unattractive and degraded environments.
Only if the community acts now can we provide the safe, attractive
infrastructure needed to retain the rural character of Johns Island.
Paul Roberts was formerly chairman of the board of directors of
the Kiawah Island Community Association. The Association represents
more than 7,000 property owners on Kiawah Island and 100 full- and
part-time workers, virtually all of whom commute to and from work
across Johns Island. Dr. Roberts also served as chairman of the
board of the Kiawah Conservancy, dedicated to preserving the natural
habit of the Sea Islands. He formerly was a professor of transportation
engineering and director of the Center for Transportation studies
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
hard, but making the decisions can be
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
28, 2010 - Deciding who to vote for used to be simple. It doesn't
seem to be that way anymore.
for a minute about the first election you voted in. Now think about
this: How did you make up your mind who to vote for? The first voting
experience for me was a few months after I turned 18, and it was
the 1980 presidential election -- incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter
vs. Republican challenger Ronald Reagan (and independent John Anderson,
lest we forget). There were, of course, a bunch of state and local
offices on the ballot, too.
the presidential debates helped with the national-level decision,
but for all the state and local races, I had two basic sources of
information: One was the local newspaper, and the other was my parents,
who were always happy to share their views and have the kind of
open-minded conversations with me that helped me flesh out for myself
what I thought. When I cast my ballot, I felt like I'd done my homework
and had made a pretty well-informed decision. Most of my friends
seemed to approach voting the same way.
30 years, and I have to wonder about how naïve it all sounds:
How did we figure out who to vote for without the massive number
of political ads on TV, without talk radio and partisan TV pundits,
without Internet sites and blogs and chat rooms all over the political
spectrum, and without Facebook pages with friends (and therefore
friends of friends of friends) making a case for their favorite
candidates? Now it seems simplistic to have ever voted the old-fashioned
way, the way we did when we had only a handful of close family and
friends, a single trusted news source, and our gut instincts to
want more on politics and the elections, tune in 7:30 p.m.
today to SCETV's "The
Big Picture." Among the guests is publisher Andy
it's the general sobering up that comes with maturity and the ability
to see shades of gray in life, but deciding who to vote for today
strikes me as extremely complicated -- fraught with unseen, unanticipated
consequences that result from the buttons we push, and don't push,
in the voting booth. As the years seem to grow shorter and the shadow
of what kind of world we'll be leaving the next few generations
grows longer, every choice seems to be one we're making for more
than just ourselves. And that makes the choices harder.
last two or three elections, I've pushed the green "Vote"
button, pushed aside the privacy curtain and walked out of my polling
place feeling more unsettled than satisfied. Were my choices wise?
I've found myself thinking I could have found time to do more research
could have taped the debates on TV for a second look
could have gone to a candidate forum
could have lingered
on those Facebook friends' postings and asked why they're so passionately
for or against particular candidates.
an age of 24-hour opinion/news, with so much information out there,
so many ways to get it, and so much at stake, it can be harder than
ever to know who or what to really trust. In the end, maybe the
best we can do is what we did before all the information clutter:
rely on thoughtful conversations with those we know, trust and respect,
and rely on our gut. That's really all we can count on in the voting
Pleasant native and contributing editor Ann Thrash can be reached
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announces Eggers as senior vice president
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
28, 2010 - Blackbaud Inc. has announced that Jana Eggers will join
the company on Nov. 16 as senior vice president of product management
and marketing. In this position, she will lead Blackbaud's product
innovation and marketing efforts.
brings extensive software and technology experience to this new
role. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Eggers served as chief executive
officer of Germany-based Spreadshirt, the worldwide platform for
personalized apparel. Previously she was at Intuit, where she founded
and led the company's corporate Innovation Lab, and was general
manager for Intuit's QuickBase business.
received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science
at Hendrix College in Arkansas. She graduated early to join Los
Alamos National Lab as a research scientist with a specialty in
supercomputing. Eggers has been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune,
and The New York Times for her leadership and innovation
work and is a frequent invited speaker on the topics of technology,
business, innovation, and leadership.
Business Innovation Summit -- Nov. 3
Speakers include entrepreneur Jason Lucash, co-founder of OrigAudio,
and Tom Glaser, president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce,
the New Ideas SC winners, and an update on the cluster strategy.
or contact Jill at the Chamber 843-805-3015.
Foods Market to carry Surya Organics' products
Surya Organics, a leading provider of all-natural products to enhance
plant growth and increase soil fertility, today announced that its
SHOOTUP, GROWMEND and GROWSWEET products are now available for sale
to Charleston?area homeowners and organic gardening enthusiasts
at the Whole Foods Market located in Mount Pleasant. The products
also are available locally at Royall Ace Hardware in Mount Pleasant
and East Bay True Value in downtown Charleston.
Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business
Indigo blog here.
in North Korea reaches Charleston
team of Nomads is coming to Charleston to help spread the word.
Nomads are not your typical traveling storytellers. These people
have a distinct purpose -- to tell the story of the harsh and dangerous
conditions of North Korea. They are members of Liberty in North
Korea -- or LiNK -- and they are coming to share the story of North
Korean refugees and premier LiNK's first documentary, "Hiding."
Resettling North Korean Escapes event, sponsored by the Charleston
and College of Charleston chapters of Amnesty International, takes
place at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the College of Charleston's Beatty Center
Room 216 at 5 Liberty St.
Nomads tell the story of North Korean prisoners and refugees. The
LiNK resettlement program has assisted in the rescue and resettlement
of more than 40 North Korean refugees.
mission is to raise awareness of North Korea's lack of basic freedoms
such as the freedom of speech, assembly, religion, movement and
many more. Through grassroots campaigns and the support and assistance
of local, state and government leaders from around the world, LiNK
brings the horror stories of North Korea to light.
headquarters renamed to honor Chisolm
Charleston County Election Headquarters is being dedicated at 2:30
p.m. today as the John L. Chisolm Election Headquarters.
County Council voted Sept. 7 to name the county's election headquarters
after Chisolm, who spent many hours at the headquarters as an election
commission member from 1974 to 2003. While at the commission, Chisolm
pushed tirelessly for voter registration by mail to allow more elderly
and disabled voters to participate. He also boosted voter participation
as a precinct chairman and through the state Democratic Party.
Speakers at today's dedication will include Charleston County Council
Chairman Teddie E. Pryor, former executive director of Charleston
County Voter Registration Mickey Miller and U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn.
from our troops
military branches have made various types of media available online
for the troops to stay in touch with folks back home.
Cpl. Glenn R. Mosley rubs sweat from his eyes while installing
a playground for children at an engineer site in Silico Creek,
Panama. Photo by Sgt. Samuel Beyers.
video message online, Army Staff Sgt. William Hamilton of Greenwood
sends a shout out to his family here in Charleston. He serves with
the 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.
Marine Lance Cpl. Glenn R. Mosley, a refrigeration mechanic from
Charleston, is serving in Panama with the 2D Maintenance Battalion,
which is attached to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Continuing Promise 2010. Service members and civilians are deployed
in support of Continuing Promise providing medical, dental, veterinary,
engineering assistance and subject-matter exchanges to the Caribbean,
Central and South American nations.
nominated for Minor League Game of the Year
Charleston RiverDogs have been nominated for Minor League Baseball's
"Best Game" award in Class-A for the 2010 season.
game, and performance, that got the RiverDogs noticed came in an
18-4 rout of the Hickory Crawdads on Aug. 13 at L.P. Frans Stadium
in Hickory, N.C. Standout catcher J.R. Murphy went 4-for-6 with
a career-best two home runs - a grand slam and a three-run shot
in consecutive innings - and nine RBI, finishing one shy of the
South Atlantic League record.
fans are encouraged to vote
for the team online. Voting for the award is scheduled to conclude
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improved, built Lowcountry rice mills
Lucas (ca. 1754-1821) was born in Cumberland, England,
the son of John Lucas and Ann Noble. His mother's family owned mills
in the town of Whitehaven, which undoubtedly served as the source
of Lucas's skill as a millwright. Little is known of his early life
in England. He married Mary Cooke on May 22, 1774. They had five
children before Mary died sometime between 1783 and 1786. He then
married Ann Ashburn of Whitehaven.
immigrated to South Carolina around 1786, which proved a fortuitous
time and place for the arrival of a talented young millwright. Lowcountry
rice planters had greatly increased the production of their rice
fields by employing tidal rice cultivation. But the process of rice
milling or "pounding"- removing the outer husk from the
rice grains - had failed to evolve in a like manner. Most rice was
still pounded by hand with wooden mortars and pestles or by crude
pecker or cog mills powered by animals. Neither of these methods
kept pace with the rapidly expanding production of tidal rice fields.
Planters could sell unhusked or "rough" rice, but for
a considerably lower price than cleaned rice.
after his arrival in South Carolina, Lucas was put to work by a
Santee River rice planter to improve the output of his plantation's
rice mill. Lucas experimented with wind and water as power sources,
and within a short time his efforts bore fruit. His new pounding
mill design was powered by an undershot waterwheel fed by a mill
pond. It was first employed at Peach Island Plantation on the North
Santee River in 1787. Lucas continued to improve his design, building
his first tide-powered mill in 1791. Two years later at Henry Laurens's
Mepkin plantation he built a tide-powered mill, complete with rolling
screens, elevators, and packers. The highly automated mill needed
just three workers to operate and could pack as many as twenty six-hundred-pound
barrels of clean rice on a single tide.
the assistance of his son Jonathan Jr., Lucas constructed his rice
mills throughout the Lowcountry, providing a means for South Carolina
planters to clean their ever-growing output of rice. He purchased
his own plantation on Shem Creek near Charleston, where he also
established his own rice- and saw-milling operation. Lucas later
purchased land in Charleston and built the city's first toll rice
mill. In 1817 Lucas built the first steam-powered rice mill in the
United States. Jonathan Lucas Jr. also had a successful career as
a millwright, patenting an improved rice-cleaning machine in 1808
that found great favor in the rice-receiving ports of England and
western Europe. His son Jonathan Lucas III built South Carolina's
largest antebellum rice mill, West Point Mills, on the Ashley River
in 1839. Jonathan Lucas died on April 1, 1821, and was buried in
St. Paul's Cemetery, Charleston.
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As a parent,
you swore you wouldn't sound like your own parents when scolding
your children, but all too often you find yourself sounding exactly
like your mom or dad. Somehow these statements just pop right out
of your mouth.
We asked Jessica
Shields Flowers, an early childhood specialist and founder of Ripple
- Early Childhood Experts, for the top 5 phrases we should change
in our "parenting vocabulary" and some suggestions for
better phrases to improve parent-child communication.
run." Give your child useable information that his brain
can understand. Children do not understand the word "don't."
Your child hears "run" and then is confused by your
reaction. Try using "Walk with me so I can make sure you
are safe. My job is to keep you safe and your job is to help keep
talk to me that way." Teaching respect means that you must
model what talking respectfully looks and sounds like. Your child
learns by what you do.
told you it's bedtime, right now." Most children ages 5 and
under have immature inner speech, which means they literally think
in pictures with no sound. Your child needs pictures of what bedtime
looks like. Show them what's first, second, last and make it a
routine. Involve them in the process and they realize "This
is what bedtime looks like!"
driving me crazy!" You've just put your child in charge of
your feelings. Instead, take a breath and say assertively, "I
feel angry when you interrupt me. If you need my attention, tap
me on my hand."
job, honey." Effective praise is about noticing and describing
what your child has done, and it actually stimulates the prefrontal
lobes of your child's brain. Also when noticing, highlight their
strengths, which teaches them their abilities. "You pushed
your chair in, that was helpful."
These are just
a few to get you started. Parenting is a lifelong journey, so please
have loving kindness knowing that change takes time and no matter
what, you can do it! For more on the Ripple Effect, visit www.rippleeffect.us.
opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind."
-- A Bulgarian
THIS WEEK |
Our Region Our Plan workshop: 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 28,
Moultrie Middle School, Mount Pleasant. Berkeley Charleston Dorchester
Council of Government is holding workshops with interested area
residents to craft a regional planning guide with identified properties
for public investment. For more information, see
the project Web site.
Daisy Dash 5K:
8 a.m., Oct. 30, Riverland Terrace on James Island. The annual
Daisy Dash 5K run/walk will raise awareness for Simply Divine Garden,
an organization that plants healing gardens for individuals going
through chemotherapy. Register at www.active.com
or on-site at the Baptist Church at Riverland Terrace located at
Wappoo Road and Maybank Highway. The cost per person is $20
before Oct. 20 and $25 after.
History: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
In conjunction with the special exhibition "Threads of War:
Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War," the Charleston Museum
and Carolina Ladies Aid Society are to teaming up to offer a series
of Civil War living history events. The series will kick off with
a demonstration of the complexities of food preparation during the
Civil War. Examine unusual 19th century cooking implements and utensils
and learn the secrets of techniques like Dutch oven baking. The
Civil War living history series is free with general Museum admission
($10/adult, $5/child 3-12, under three and members free). For more
information, please visit www.charlestonmuseum.org
or call 722-2996.
ONGOING AND SOON
Customers for Keeps workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov.
3, at The Lowcountry Innovation Center, located at the former
Navy Yard, 1535 Hobby St., North Charleston. The first of a three-part
series. Workshop sponsored by Lowcountry Local First will deal with
business first impressions, communication, handling difficult situations
and learning how to "wow" customers, along with real world
solutions to customer service challenges. Cost: $25 for LLF Members
and $30 for non-members. Includes morning coffee and lunch. Register
BookFest Charleston: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 6, at the
Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun Street, Blue Bicycle
Books on King Street and the College of Charleston. More than 60
writers, poets and children's authors will congregate in Charleston
for a free, lively and informative day of storytelling, readings
and panel discussions during the inaugural Capital BookFest Charleston,
sister festival to the successful Capital BookFest in Washington.
Headliners include Nikki Giovanni, Mary Alice Monroe, E. B. Lewis,
Tananarive Due, Josephine Humphreys, Michelle Singletary, Victoria
Rowell, Gary Smith, Sonia Sanchez and Margot Theis Raven. For
more information, go online.
Blessing of the Vine Festival: 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 13,
Irvin-House Vineyard, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw
Island. At the 8th Annual Blessing of the Vine Festival, wine lovers
can witness the blessing of muscadine grapevines by a priest, and
enjoy live music from The Hawkes while taking in the charming setting
of Irvin-House Vineyard. The event, which includes a burger-cookng
contest, is open to the public, admission is $5 per car. Food will
be available for purchase from Taco Boy, Home Team BBQ and Alchemy
Coffee Shop. The Blessing ceremony will start at 2 p.m. For more
information, call (843) 559-6867.
3rd Annual Rural Mission Oyster Roast: 3-6 p.m., Nov.
14, Bowen's Island Restaurant. Don't miss this terrific November
oyster roast that supports the outreach programs of the Rural Mission,
which helps those who have the least. Enjoy great roasted oysters,
food, drinks, live music and a great sunset view. Tickets are $25
for adults, $5 for children and are available from the Rural Mission
at 843-768-1720, or buy at the door or order
art of negotiation workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, begins Nov. 15, 297 East Bay St.
Erica Ariel Fox leads this workshop using the Beyond Yes Method
to turn stressful personal or professional relationships into successful
ones. Cost: $850. Go
online for more information or phone the Sophia Institute, 843-720-8528.
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