I have a few comments about the Aug. 30 article “Charleston mayor candidates take stands on 15 issues.”
One question posed was whether Charleston is gentrifying too quickly and pricing low-income residents out of their homes. (All but one said yes.) I was glad to see this general agreement.
Another question asked was whether the candidates would work to complete I-526. (All of them said yes.)
Not only do I think that building roads does not solve traffic problems in the long run, but instead encourages development and more cars. Completing I-526 will not help everyone who is forced out of the city due to gentrification. You can’t use a road if you don’t have a car.
But the question that was not asked and that would help in regard to reducing traffic and providing a way for people to get in and out of the city was, “How important is an increase in our system of public transportation to the future of Charleston?”
I’ve read that some of the candidates are concerned about traffic and transit. And I know that The Post and Courier has also expressed concern.
I wish this concern had been reflected in the questions asked in this report on the 15 issues and that the candidates had a chance to respond.
Public transportation is a huge problem that is going to need to be addressed very soon — surely during the tenure of the next mayor.
Penny Travis, Ph.D.
East Cooper Avenue