Charleston in the 20th Century
Tom Dunham

Charleston in the 20th Century

  • Publish Date: 2002-03-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Tom Dunham

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Largely unrestricted development in housing, business, and manufacturing characterized early 20th Century Charleston. Though this brought wealth to the city, the growth was untempered by government planning, bringing many problems to the city. Within this context, the author discusses the growth and decline of the black area around the Washington-Showsbury area and the West Side. Charleston's attempt to deal with its critical housing situation is highlighted in the author's discussion of the city's Triangle area. In addition, the city's missed opportunities to develop urban parks at Mission Hollow, the West Side, and elsewhere is emphasized.The physical growth of Charleston is discussed in the context of city planning, stressing such issues as traffic, the interstate controversy, zoning, and urban renewal. As problems began to fester, the critical role of Charleston's newspapers becomes clear, as both papers criticized an ineffective city council.Through it all, the city supported dedicated theatrical and music organizations. The symphony, Kanawha players, and others are seen here enhancing life in Charleston.


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