Last week Travel and Leisure magazine named Charleston the world’s best city, but there are some problems the city is facing.
Charleston mayor, John Tecklenburg, told South Carolina Radio Network that the city and the metro area are facing some growing pains. “Affordable housing crisis. Not only in our city, but in our region,” Tecklenburg said. “Our housing costs have really risen dramatically over the last ten years. So that normal working folks like teachers, policemen, firemen can’t afford to live near the city center of Charleston.”
Tecklenburg said the affordable housing problem contributes to education and other issues affecting the greater area. “That adds to traffic congestion and gridlock. So there all interconnected,’ said Tecklenburg.
The magazine voted it the world’s best city, ahead of other world class cities like as Florence, Italy and Barcelona, citing Charleston’s “award-winning hotels and restaurants, antebellum charm, excellent boutiques, and the beautiful waterfronts at Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach making it one of the most beloved cities in the U.S. and now, the world.”
According to the magazine, readers ranked the cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.
Tecklenburg hasn’t even been mayor for a year yet. He won the seat last November, taking over from Joe Reilly, who was mayor of Charleston for 40 years.