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Wrong idea of acceptable design

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An Oct. 13 editorial on the growth of Mount Pleasant was peculiar. You admit that two examples of massive condo expansion, the Gathering Place and The Boulevard, are unmitigated disasters, which will stand as monuments to the failures of developer-driven planning for years. You also state that this absurdly out-of-place crowding is the only type of development for Charleston.

Based on the two projects referenced above, you are far from being on solid ground.

Then the tongue-in-cheek humor. Encourage people to use non-existent mass transit. This has been your talk for years, but it is still just a pipe dream of statist politicians.

If you wish people to use light rail or a good city-wide bus system, you have to build it first. Not even a cheap and easy park-and-ride system is in place. You incorrectly insist that sprawl will continue, like it or not. This is not quite true. A strong zoning policy can restrict uses to comply with the style desired by the citizens.

It may be hard for some to believe, but some communities are better served by keeping their development slow and their historic desires mandatory. We do not need high-rise buildings just so developers can make more money on their obscene-investments. And based on the appearance of your two examples, we have no reason to be optimistic about acceptable designs in the future.

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Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island

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