“The most impactful way to change our world for the better was to create a sea change in the way we structure our built environment.”

Bryan McElveen

Livability In Charleston

Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown

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Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula

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The Islands

The Islands

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West Ashley

West Ashley

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The Beaches

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North Charleston

North Charleston

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Summerville

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Posts for a Livable Charleston

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Is Park Circle Still a Good Deal?

Venture just north of the Charleston peninsula and you’ll come upon one of the first planned urban communities in South Carolina, the beautifully greenscaped, hip and popular, hot neighborhood of Park Circle. Designed in the 1920s around a central circular park (obvi) with main streets radiating outward, the neighborhoods of Park Circle are composed mostly of traditional, midcentury homes intermixed

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Preparing for Heavy Rain

As we stare down an epic rainfall event in Charleston, preparation for potential damage to homes is in order. To help ensure personal safety and the protection of our homes and personal property, consider these guidelines from Rain Ready, an initiative of the urban sustainability laboratory Center for Neighborhood Technology. Before The Event Inspect your home. Remove leaves and debris

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A Living Roof in Harleston Village

New construction is a rare sight on the historic Charleston peninsula. When the opportunity arises to build on scarce vacant land, there is also the opportunity to incorporate sustainable practices and modern technology to minimize our built environment’s impact on the natural one. In the coastal city of Charleston, perhaps the most important element of the built environment is the

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Charleston Street Flooding, Mapped

Crowd sourcing data can produce wonderfully useful results. In this case, a crowd-sourced map of flood-prone streets in notoriously flood-prone Charleston. We’re entering the rainy season in August, so use scrupulously.

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King Street Public Square

Green Space on Upper King

As Upper King Street continues along its path of revitalization, much is said of hotels, condos, and office space. As developers rush to fill every square inch of the once dilapidated area in the center of the peninsula between King and Meeting Streets, City of Charleston has worked to keep focus on the character and livability of this burgeoning district. The original Downtown Plan, developed

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The Charleston Single House

Charleston has seen many architectural eras come and go since the original walled city was founded in 1680. Between various natural disasters and devastating fires, the forms, designs, and positioning of homes in the port city have evolved in response to these as well as social, financial, and cultural forces. One form emerged and persisted, however, that is not only unique to the Charleston

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Who is Bryan?

I am a South Carolina native, instilled with a regard for the natural environment that makes Charleston one of the greatest places to live, work, and play. I advocate for positive change in the South Carolina Lowcountry as an active partner in organizations such as The Sustainability Institute, the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability, and Passport 72. When not creating masterpieces in the garden or kitchen, I can be found enjoying life with dogs on the rivers and beaches of the Lowcountry.

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