Public discussions are heating up for the proposed extension of the Mark Clark Expressway,¬†with three public information hearings being¬†held over the next couple of weeks. It is important that we, as a community, educate ourselves on the environmental, economic, and social costs of this proposed infrastructure and ensure our voices are heard loud and clear by decision makers.
As people who are passionate about creating sustainable and beautiful neighborhoods, we are concerned about how this proposed extension will affect the Charleston community as a whole. Everyone involved wants to find a solution to traffic problems. But throwing half a billion tax dollars at infrastructure that encourages more of the same¬†sprawling development patterns and will only temporarily postpone the problems -¬†as opposed to providing¬†a¬†sustainable solution -¬†might not be our best option. Maybe we can do better.
Below are the dates for the upcoming meetings. This is project has¬†HUGE implications for the Lowcountry; make all the meetings that you can.
- Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Ft. Johnson Middle School – 1825 Camp Road, Charleston, SC 29412
- Tuesday, November 18, 2008 from 5 pm to 7 pm at West Ashley High School – 4060 W. Wildcat Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29414
- Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 5 pm to 7 pm at St. Johns High School – 1518 Main Road, Johns Island, SC 29455