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Old 05-10-2012, 02:26 PM
 
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To each their own. That's your opinion. I think it's the combination of factors that define it as Lowcountry.
Well, they do define it as lowcountry WITHIN South Carolina, but they don't differentiate it from Savannah, New Orleans, etc, or mark it as unique among coastal Cities such as Jacksonville, Hilton Head, etc that have the same basic ecological qualities.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Well, they do define it as lowcountry WITHIN South Carolina, but they don't differentiate it from Savannah, New Orleans, etc, or mark it as unique among coastal Cities such as Jacksonville, Hilton Head, etc that have the same basic ecological qualities.
Not sure why you're arguing this with me. I gave my opinion on the time I lived in Greenville, you have yours. Clearly we don't see it the same. We also don't see Charleston the same. So, not sure what else there is to say.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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Not sure why you're arguing this with me. I gave my opinion on the time I lived in Greenville, you have yours. Clearly we don't see it the same. We also don't see Charleston the same. So, not sure what else there is to say.


They are just jealous of Charleston. Charleston is the jewel of South Carolina.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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They are just jealous of Charleston. Charleston is the jewel of South Carolina.
Clearly.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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With that kind of logic, Greenville is unique because you can see the mountains in the distance. Atlanta, Columbia, Charlotte, Raleigh, and certainly Charleston does not have that.

Charleston's uniqueness is restricted to its historic built form downtown, not its trees, and marshes (those can be found all across this county's coastline. Similarly, Greenville's uniqueness dwells in Falls Park, not the way the parking lot of Costco is landscaped...
All of these cities have many other qualities not found in Greenville. And, it works, these cities have a great creative class, are growing rapidly and are doing well.

Good or bad, Charleston is the absolute most unique city in SC, there is nothing else like it in the south. Falls Park is nice but, downtown Charleston has so many qualities and places to see/visit, the cities should not be compared. If one likes the ocean, history, and a diversifying economy, Charleston is hard to beat. If one likes inland cities, Greenville, Columbia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh and others are great places to live.

For the OP, you should visit each city and determine what is most important to you.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:50 PM
 
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I wasn't criticizing Atlanta, Raleigh, Columbia, Charlotte etc... Using the other poster's logic that palm trees and marsh make Charleston unique, would be LIKE saying Greenville is unique because it has mountain views (clearly not a unique quality, except when selectively comparing it to those other cities). The POINT is, Charleston IS unique, but one needs to acknowledge the actual things that make it unique-- which is not the trees or landscape. It's like saying that Miami is unique because of the sunshine. Miami is definitely unique, but it's not because of the sun. See where I'm coming from here?

Charleston is definitely unique. Its uniqueness is completely held within the peninsula, where its history comes alive through its built environment. It's absolutely wonderful, to be honest, and an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley are not unique. Downtown definitely is.

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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I wasn't criticizing Atlanta, Raleigh, Columbia, Charlotte etc... Using the other poster's logic that palm trees and marsh make Charleston unique, would be LIKE saying Greenville is unique because it has mountain views (clearly not a unique quality, except when selectively comparing it to those other cities). The POINT is, Charleston IS unique, but one needs to acknowledge the actual things that make it unique-- which is not the trees or landscape. It's like saying that Miami is unique because of the sunshine. Miami is definitely unique, but it's not because of the sun. See where I'm coming from here?

Charleston is definitely unique. Its uniqueness is completely held within the peninsula, where its history comes alive through its built environment. It's absolutely wonderful, to be honest, and an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley are not unique. Downtown definitely is.
I think you missed the point, it's the combination of all of those elements that make Charleston unique.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Some history is good, some is bad.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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I think you missed the point, it's the combination of all of those elements that make Charleston unique.
We might just have to agree to disagree, because I personally think Charleston would be unique without the marsh and palm trees, because I can find those in Savannah, Pawleys, etc. What can't be found is the great urban environment of Charleston in those locations. Furthermore, Charleston's built environment would still be unique even if was moved anywhere else in the country, and different trees lined its streets besides palmettos and live oaks.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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We might just have to agree to disagree, because I personally think Charleston would be unique without the marsh and palm trees, because I can find those in Savannah, Pawleys, etc. What can't be found is the great urban environment of Charleston in those locations. Furthermore, Charleston's built environment would still be unique even if was moved anywhere else in the country, and different trees lined its streets besides palmettos and live oaks.
I do think we'll have to agree to disagree because for me it's the combination of the architecture, our marshes, the ocean, the rivers, and all the flora. That's why one person's perfect home could be another person's hell. I think South Carolina offers so much that it really can hit most preferences, depending on that person's preferences.
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