City Paper Question and Answer

After 40 years, the City of Charleston will have a new mayor. Our much loved mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr., is finally putting down his City Council gavel, leaving behind some pretty big Oxfords to fill. The City Paper has joined forces with Lowcountry Local First, Preservation Society of Charleston, S.C. Community Loan Fund, Coastal Conservation League, and IfYouWereMayor.com for a series of articles featuring the seven men and women who want to replace Joe: Ginny Deerin, William Dudley Gregorie, Toby Smith, Leon Stavrinakis, John Tecklenburg, Paul Tinkler, and Maurice Washington. The good folks at these organizations, collectively representing a broad base of Charleston residents concerned with local culture, commerce, and livability, came up with a series of questions to ask the candidates, and the candidates have kindly answered them. Q1: With the departure of Mayor Riley, this is a period of transition, change, and opportunity. What changes would you make to the organizational structure to ensure that Charleston remains, at a minimum, a beautiful, livable, and economically vibrant city? VIEW ALL ANSWERS Q2: Many of the challenges Charleston faces are regional issues. How would you propose working with others to lead a regional conversation? VIEW ALL ANSWERS Q3: What city in this country has “done it right?” Can you name a specific project or initiative that shows an example of what you mean? VIEW ALL ANSWERS Q4: The City’s Comprehensive Plan was updated in 2010. Given the explosion in development, do you support the implementation of the current plan or would you undertake developing a new plan? VIEW ALL ANSWERS Q5: What bold, innovative idea do you have for addressing the...