9 lessons in restoring urban beauty from America’s longest-running mayor

Charleston, South Carolina’s answer to gentrification has been to truly invest in affordable housing; that’s the short version of former Mayor Joseph Riley’s advice to community leaders.

Charleston predates the elevator and the automobile, and Riley was its mayor continuously from 1975 to 2016.

Riley’s philosophy: “If people can see it, then it has to be beautiful.

Leave things more beautiful than you found them” is a fundamental principle of social justice.

This principal guided the mayor’s 40-year tenure. Here are eight more…

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