Can This City Be Greened? Charleston, South Carolina
Can a derelict community be transformed into a sustainable utopia? A visionary development company believes it can.
These rusty rails are one portion of a rails-to-trails strategy within Noisette, which will include lanes for running, walking, and riding bikes and will be illuminated for safety and beauty at night.
The Noisette development plan proposes to use ecologically sensitive native and ornamental landscaping in open, vegetated swales for stormwater conveyance.
North Charleston, which was cut off from the Cooper River because of industrial and military development, now has the opportunity to reconnect via Riverfront Park—a venue for picnics, boating, and fishing.
The City Center district, which includes taller, mixed-use buildings for restaurants and shops, will be served by mass transit. Here, buildings will recycle water and waste materials and meet stringent performance standards.
Illustrations courtesy Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann Associates
An abandoned rail line in the proposed Noisette Preserve offers a potential connection to the new trail system.