Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Twilight on East Bay Street

Ornate Lantern, East Bay Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

As the sun goes down and the twilight settles in, a glowing lantern lights the way along East Bay Street. In the background is the Old Exchange Building, the last structure built in Charleston by the British before the start of the Revolutionary War. Years later, President George Washington was lavishly entertained here by Charleston high society who regarded the war hero as a celebrity.

Today, Eye See Red

Poster Detail, King Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

There was a time, some years ago, when one could walk down King Street and see large colorful poster art plastered on the sides of buildings, especially dilapidated buildings. But in recent years, the King Street shopping district has been extended, and these neglected areas have become gentrified. Most of the old run down places have upscale designer shops and restaurants in them today. This is terrific for business and ambiance, but I miss the random creativity that used to be on display.

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