Charleston Fills In

As the city pulls more and more people from the suburbs back to the center, planners and developers in Charleston are warming up to the idea of infill development.

"For the largest towns and cities in the region, the buzzword for new growth and development is "infill," and it goes hand-in-hand with a push for interconnected neighborhoods in which homes are mixed with shops and offices."

"The goal, which is expected to be re-emphasized as municipalities update their comprehensive plans, is to bring more homes and businesses into areas that are already developed, with a mix of uses that can reduce the need to drive everywhere."

"While there are certainly lots of people who still aspire to live on a leafy cul-de-sac on the outskirts of town, there's growing consumer interest in driving less and living in town-like settings in which shops and offices are nearby, perhaps within walking distance."

"'I think that everybody is seeing the national and international trends, with energy use and the kind of communities people want to live in,' said Christopher Morgan, Charleston's Planning Division director."

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