King Street has been named one of America’s Great Streets, a top ten list honored by the American Planning Association. These are folks who know a thing or two about urban spaces. It’s part of their “Great Places in America” awards. In particular, they singled out the section of King from Broad to Spring Streets.
Others on the list include Broadway in New York City, Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., and Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.
U.S. News and World Report’s Travel section named King Street as one of the ten best shopping streets in America. Some others on the list? Fifth Avenue in New York, and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Not bad company.
What makes King Street So Great?
The College of Urban Studies at The College of Charleston compiled a list of the main things that contribute toward King being so great. According to their analysis, King Street:
- is a human scaled street,
- invites pedestrians,
- exhibits natural smart growth,
- blends seamlessly into its surroundings,
- reminds us of our past, with an eye to the future,
- has energy,
- and fosters an agglomeration of economies.
King Street has so much to offer these days, with plenty of shops, galleries, restaurants, night spots and more. But it wasn’t always such a thriving street. The development of Charleston Place, which opened in 1986, sparked a renewal that has grown ever since and has rapidly spread to Upper King, north of Marion Square. Now King Street is hotter than ever.
Time for Second Sunday on King
Second Sunday on King Street is one of the most fun and successful recurring events around, and it’s about to crank into high gear for the high season.
A big chunk of King Street downtown is blocked off to pedestrian & canine traffic only from 1:00 till 5:00 in the afternoon. Basically it runs from from Calhoun (Marion Square) to Queen Street. Restaurants have tables set up on the street, there are musicians and food vendors all over the place… this thing grows bigger and better all the time.
This Sunday is the latest installment, and this year it coincides with a big holiday – Mother’s Day.
One good option is to park in one of several parking garages run by the city. These allow you to park in the shade (unless you are on the top level). As a nice bonus, the city offers two hours of free parking in most of their garages during Second Sundays with a voucher. Here’s a link to print a voucher for this coming Sunday.
Insider’s Tip – they also have free parking vouchers available, first-come, first-served, at the official Second Sunday booth along King Street.
Speaking of Mother’s Day…
Apparently, this year Americans will spend more money than ever honoring our moms. After all, who deserves it more than they do?
Experts with the National Retail Federation estimate Mother’s Day spending will total a record $25 billion. That’s up from $23.1 billion last year, and the highest since they’ve been tracking data.
Mother’s Day is behind only Christmas and back-to-school as the biggest holiday/occasion for spending.
Here’s the scoop from the Post & Courier.
The average person is expected to pay $196 this year as opposed to $180 in 2018. Better order those flowers and make brunch reservations ASAP!
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