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Perhaps the most notable change that will soon affect the creek is the multistory office building being erected at Coleman Boulevard and Mill Street. Colloquially referred to as the “Shem Creek Parking Garage,” its modern design and 55-foot height have been hotly contested for its nearness to the creek and historic district and for the way it will alter the area’s small-town, fishing-village aesthetic.

Shem Creek’s natural tidal flow and marshlands have long provided a habitat for an array of marine plants, fish, shellfish, birds, and mammals. Only in recent decades has the relationship between creek and human morphed into one with injurious overtones. In the words of the famous Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelley, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Kayaks, SUPs, pleasure boats, fishing and touring charters, and commercial fishing boats share the busy channel

“They say we’re a dying breed,” says fourth-generation shrimper Franklin Rector. “That’s nowhere near true. Every year there’s a new boat on the creek. What’s more, the boats aren’t run by a whole bunch of old people. Heck, on the Tarvins’ Miss Paula, there’s nobody over 26, and that includes the captain.”

How Shem Creek fares in Mount Pleasant’s current population and development boom is a microcosm of growing pains affecting the Lowcountry

Take refuge from those summer scorchers inside downtown’s newest—and coolest—fitness studios

The tourists of our warm-weather waters are back; do you know what to do—and not do—if you spy a manatee?

Time heals, or so they say. But is a year long enough to begin to close deep wounds exposed by the Mother Emanuel tragedy last summer?

Enough Pie’s VAT SHACK launches June 4, inviting the community to get hands-on with the historic art of indigo-dyeing

The Footlight Players award the first Anthony Aston Honors this month

Building Skills Now trains valuable new workers.

A celebration of the local arts scene takes a final bow

Tranquil beauty reigns in local David Rawle’s labor of love, the new Theodora Park in Ansonborough

A local walks 444 miles, writes two books, and makes invaluable memories

A local artist turns discarded timepieces into jewelry

King Street’s ”Sky Residence”

Charleston editors and contributors share their picks for recent, locally tied releases

Each Turkey Day, the Draytons return to their ancestral estate

Canicross comes to Charleston

Today’s Holy City offers resources galore for those raising their own food and even keeping their own bees: places to plant, to grow one’s knowledge, and to learn from pros while lending a hand. Here, a look at the bounty