The Problem with "Playground Cities"
Rybczynski is looking at Charleston, South Carolina in particular, which he says is in danger of becoming a "playground city":
"The tiny historic peninsula (...) whose resident population below the Crosstown Expressway is about 20,000, is inundated with tourists (an average of about 12,000 per day), and day-visitors from mammoth cruise ships. Many of the homeowners are absentee landlords for whom the charming place is merely an occasional pied-à-terre."
Sometimes, he says, "beauty can be a curse."