Maybe if a cruise ship were parked in front of Brittlebank Park, the park would not be in such deplorable condition. Don’t believe me? Take a stroll through the park.

This is a prime example of how the mayor and City Council rate tourism over livability for peninsula residents.

Buckling pathways everywhere, litter, paths covered with soil and weeds, encroachment by parking of the police department, S.C. employment office, Marriott and kayak trailers.

Is this any way to reward the people of Charleston who preserved its dwellings and whose way of life has made the city the “best travel destiation of the world”?

The city’s desire for expressways to Johns Island, a new cruise-ship terminal, more density, bad air, excessive building heights, poor design, conversion of houses into hotels and placing hotels in residential neighborhoods have not contributed toward any awards.

Those things do, however, attract people who want to bleed Charleston for a buck, diminishing its livability.

Beware, Cannonboro/Elliotborough! Brittlebank Park is located at the foot of your neighborhood and seems to be going the way of DeReef Park on Morris Street, which the city neglected until it became so deplorable that the city had the excuse to do a land trade with a developer.

Now plans for apartments will destroy the essence of DeReef Park.

Brittlebank Park is one block from the Veterans Hospital among other hospitals.

Our vets and other convalescents should have access to a serene, peaceful park that could aid in healing, both physically and psychologically.

Let’s strive to make this a better place to live, and then it will be an even better place to visit.

Jerry Lee Boyer

Rutledge Avenue