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The Charleston region is quickly becoming a place only the wealthy can afford to live. Read more
To understand the scale of the problem The Post and Courier calculated how much income a household would need in a year to afford average rent in each South Carolina zip code for which Zillow had an estimate. The analysis considered affordable rent to be no greater than 30% of annual income,… Read more
In late 2017, The Post and Courier analyzed local housing trends and salary data, revealing that much of the workforce couldn't afford to live where they worked in the center of the region. Another look at the data shows the trend hasn't let up. Read more
Housing issues are complex, even for the experts. So let's look at some local programs and issues related to the Charleston region's shortage of affordable housing. Read more
New misconduct charges this week against suspended-Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis add to mounting evidence that the state's system of monitoring sheriffs is broken, government watchdogs and some lawmakers say. Read more
For more than a decade, Larry Dalton Williams was the popular sheriff of Orangeburg County — South Carolina's 2003 Sheriff of the Year. And, when he died suddenly in 2010, one week short of his 54th birthday, colleagues were quick to praise his work. Read more
A handful of South Carolina sheriffs received numerous gifts from vendors and constituents, ranging from conference door prizes to gift cards.
But these sheriffs are outliers mainly because they aggressively reported their gifts, raising questions about whether other sheriffs failed to report their freebies. Read more
South Carolina sheriffs dipped into public money to pay for luxury accommodations and broke laws they swore to uphold, a Post and Courier investigation found. Read more
Episode 8: In this episode of the Understand S.C. podcasts, we discuss to interpret hurricane forecasts and what are the factors at play going into 2019's season. Read more
Our episode examining Charleston's affordable housing crisis has been one of our most popular episodes yet, so this week we decided to look into one important piece of that: gentrification. Read more
Episode 4: Interstate 526 is a big, expensive highway project designed to ease congestion. But it also might not. And does it encourage the further suburbanization of our community? Read more
With the Interstate 526 extension moving forward once again, some property owners along the road's expected path fear the impact while others await traffic relief. Read more
Episode 3: Plastic bag bans may make us feel good, but do they actually help anything? Read more
Episode 2: I can't really afford to rent in Charleston and you probably can't either. We talk to an expert about why housing affordability is a crisis here, and what some solutions could look like. Read more
Episode 1: Tony Bartelme talks about how sheriffs in S.C. spend thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on first-class flights, "party sheds" and even $10,000 at a single Golden Corral since 2015. Read more
"Understand SC" is a new podcast from The Post and Courier that dives into a different subject each week to explain the forces shaping the Palmetto State and how they affect you. Read more