Mayor Joe Riley recently stopped by the College of Charleston campus on Oct. 26 to meet with students and discuss issues related to the campus and the surrounding community with event “Meet Your Mayor.”
At the meeting Mayor Riley discussed issues concerning students at the College. Recently, skateboarders on campus have been ticketed for riding on restricted streets in the downtown area. “Skateboarding is a good way to get around,” Riley said. He said that he is currently working on creating a map for students to show which streets they can and cannot skate on. He said that the law was more complicated than it should be.
He also spoke about making the city more bike-friendly. He said that the streets need to be calmer. One suggestion is to make Coming Street and St. Philip Street two-way streets. This would make it easier for students to get around campus more easily. Mayor Riley also said the city is working on getting more bike racks for students to lock their bikes on as they go back and forth from classes.
When asked about the cruise ships, Riley said that they have helped revitalize the water’s edge. He plans to move the old cruise terminal from Market Street toward the aquarium at Union Pier. With the move he would like to create a park on the harbor so that the walk between the Battery and the Aquarium will be easier.
Mayor Riley also discussed the outlook of the job market in Charleston. He said that livability has improved significantly since he has been mayor with an active downtown and tourist environment. He announced that software company PeopleMatter will be renovating a spot on Upper King Street within the coming year. He said that this would create many jobs for local Charleston residents.
He is currently seeking an unprecedented tenth term as mayor for the city of Charleston on Nov. 8. He said that this would be his final term in office.
Mayor Riley possesses 35 years of experience, and he has successfully revitalized the city to make it more livable and progressive than when he first took office in December of 1975.
During his time as mayor, he has brought business back to a lifeless King Street and created green space at Waterfront Park to make the city more appealing to the residents and tourists.
Mayor Riley’s record of excellence continues as he seeks his tenth term as mayor of Charleston. “I get excited each day when working as mayor,” he said. “I always try to find ways to solve problems.”