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The 13 members of the City Council voted unanimously this week to reopen their meetings to constituents who want to meet face to face, and they asked the city's staff to find several venues throughout Charleston that can hold more people than city hall.

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Mayor John Tecklenburg and the 12 current members of City Council held a special meeting on April 20 to learn more about the local redistricting process, which occurs once every 10 years. And they quickly recognized that the city is faced with a dilemma unlike anything it has experienced in recent memory. 

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Charleston City Council voted this week to spend $250,000 to help a nonprofit group design, engineer and plan for the proposed Lowcountry Lowline park, which is expected to be built on an old railroad bed that runs along the spine of the peninsula. 

That money, however, is just a down payment on what the ambitious project is expected to demand in the coming years. 

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