Author Topic: Sights and Scenes: Charleston's King Street  (Read 10671 times)

thelakelander

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Re: Sights and Scenes: Charleston's King Street
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2021, 12:56:03 PM »
There are things in the revitalization process that we can learn from all of them. 30 years ago, not many were looking at Savannah and Charleston as positive examples. Like them, we had historic dense neighborhoods that were in decline. Where they preserved and restored, we demolished old building stock and invested billions in foolishness. Tampa went a similar route as Jax for most of that time period.  Only in the last decade or so has Tampa changed its tune downtown. With that said, Tampa also still has a long way to go. Franklin Street is still pretty dead and the Scrub (their LaVilla) has been completely erased.
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Re: Sights and Scenes: Charleston's King Street
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2021, 01:28:25 PM »
^ I was going to make a similar point.  If Jax had followed Charleston and Savannah's approach to preserving historic buildings instead of demolishing them, maybe we would be a tourist destination today on par with them.  Another southern city that has done much to preserve its stock is Asheville.  Greenville and Columbia, SC, have also done so to some degree.  I could go on and on but, as a rule, cities/towns that have worked to preserve historic buildings have done better than average at attracting tourists and development to their downtowns. 

Compare this to our desire to demolish such structures and leave mostly empty lots in their place or maybe a surface or garage parking lot.  How inspiring.  Not!