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North Charleston has traditionally been viewed as dirty, industrial, and more than a little dangerous. These days, however, the city is earning a fresh new reputation as a leader of the environmental movement in South Carolina.
Cheap space surrounding the former Navy Yard has attracted young entrepreneurs intent on operating sustainable businesses. Though not officially coordinated or promoted by the city’s government, this green community has grown one-by-one, almost by accident, with like minds aggregating around like minds.
It now hosts a bevy of low eco-footprint companies – such as a LEED-certified sporting goods warehouse, a biodiesel manufacturing plant, and even an earth-friendly brewery that only produces beer on tap!
North Charleston’s old main street, East Montague, has also experienced a revitalization, and it offers a hip retreat for locals. Park Circle is now one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Charleston metro area.
Partnerships between North Charleston and private developers have led to the creation of Noisette, a 3000-acre mixed-use development which seeks to position itself as one of the nation’s premiere sustainable communities. Mixson is following suit, and together these communities help cement North Charleston’s status as South Carolina’s up-and-coming green destination.
While much work remains to revitalize the blighted landscape of North Charleston, the amount of energy and talent in the area has already made great strides in achieving a more sustainable vision for the city.
Read our SCIWAY News article: From Ships to Sustainability – North Charleston’s Changing Nature.