"Life is Hard and Violent with lots of Plastic and Disappointment."
- Charleston Mayor Joe Riley
Riley was speaking at the ASLA State Conference here in Jax last week, and this quote was given by him as justification for his efforts over 8 terms as mayor to create inspiring and functional public space and residential opportunities in Charleston as a means of helping his constituents in dealing with the monotony and drudgery of everyday life. He was an impassioned and entertaining keynote speaker, and if his ability at the podium last week for the ASLA is any indication of his ability as Mayor of Charleston, then Charleston is lucky to have him.
Picture is an example of low-mod downtown infill housing in Charleston. There are many examples of the original housing which is very similar in style and function to these new structures.