“Density” has become somewhat of a polarizing buzz word among Charleston residents. Many are fighting new development and zoning law changes that would create an influx of new residents and traffic. Get more details about local development in this recent blog post.

While residents criticize the concept of density, city planners and urban developers praise it. They believe that more housing (like apartment complexes) at major intersections would offer residents more opportunities to walk and bike.

An image of apartment complexes taken from the road

New apartment complex at Folly and Grimble. Photo courtesy of Post & Courier.

Bill Eubanks, a local landscape architect, had this to say in a recent Post & Courier article, “There are two things everybody hates: density and sprawl, but the bottom line is you have to pick. If we’re going to grow — and we are going to grow — then we’re going to grow in one of those two patterns.”

That same Post & Courier article states that, according to the 2012 US Census, “Charleston still has a higher density — as measured in terms of residents per census tract — than every other nearby Southern city except Atlanta.”

Charleston is growing and proximity matters. Charleston renters want to live close to work, friends and local hot spots. Density can work, but it’s all about the context in which it occurs. Read more about local concerns and development plans in Robert Behre’s article, or contact us to learn more about Charleston’s rental market and real estate trends.