Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline have finally presented a conceptual study to the City of Charleston leaders with details of what this walkable “spine” would entail. It’s quite exciting, as the old railroad will be transformed into both bike lanes and pedestrian paths that would create a safer, car free way of travel. This path would not only make downtown more accessible, but would link up Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, and West Ashley.
One of the biggest benefits of this Lowline is the open space that it will offer will help mitigate the flooding that occurs downtown, which will benefit all of us, as we all know, seems to happen often! Not only will it help with drainage but will feature all kinds of public space including gardens, sports courts, playgrounds, even a dog park. The Lowline also offers more opportunities for local businesses, food trucks, pop-up vendors, etc.
Finding will be acquired through the creation of a Business Improvement District, federal, state and local grants, donations, and revenue that comes from the Lowline itself.
This is something huge for the community here in Charleston, which is why leaders of the project plan to hold several community meetings. That way members of the community can weigh in on how they think the Lowline should come to be.
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