Lowcountry's Beauty and the Beast
Charleston offers the (Beauty) of our rivers, harbor, beaches, marsh views and inlets. It is our water that attracts some of the good folks to the Charleston area. However, indirectly does contribute to feeding the beast. The biggest complaint I hear about the entire area is the traffic (The Beast), you can’t escape it going to or from work! How do the water ways contribute you ask? Well if you ever lived in a city that has pretty much a square block / street grid system, it’s easy to take alternative routes if there is an accident, broke down car or road construction. In the Greater Charleston area our waterways dictate where we can build roads. This severely limits alternative routes when problems arise. If you are traveling across the Charleston area you are going to cross bridges over water or marsh especially in the low lying areas. If you drive downtown Charleston, remember, it is a peninsula and the original streets were designed for horse and buggies, not for cars trucks and buses.
I lived in the Charleston area since 1969 and as a retired police officer I have seen the tremendous growth over the years. I was here before the new Cooper River Bridge, Isle of Palms Connector, the widening of US 17 and I-526. Believe me when I say back then that was the answer to our traffic problems. I didn’t have a clue as to how desirable it was for others wanting to move and live here causing the growth to come. The bottom line is, the good outweighs the bad. Even with the governments’ efforts to keep up the infrastructure, this is still the place to live! It is possible to beat the traffic some days, but you will never beat the lifestyle or culture of living in the Low country.
If you are moving to or within the Charleston area and have concerns, I would like to hear them. If you already live here and have positive suggestions or tips for others, I would like to hear them too. You can contact me at
Lester.firstname.lastname@example.org or 854-999-8889