Civitas: The I'On Journal, Inaugural Issue


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The Civitas Journal was our very first "marketing" brochure for I'On, from way back in 1997. We published two additional issues in early and late 1998. I'On is an acclaimed real estate development in the Charleston, SC area. The crowd-sourced nature of Civitas reflects and compliments the community-driven development of I'On.

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Civitas: The I'On Journal, Inaugural Issue

  1. 1. Inaugural Issue / Priceless The l'On Journal "It is requisite for the ideal artist to possess a force of character that seems hardly compatible with its delicacy; he must keep his faith in himself while the incredulous world assails him with its utter disbelief; he must be his own sole disciple both as respects his genius and to the objects to which it is directed." Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Artist of the Beautiful
  2. 2. Inaugural Issue Priceless THE I'ON JOURNAL I'ON BREAKSGROUND IN MT. PLEASANT The Inaugural Issue Laying tile Foundation COVER STORY 1'0n Breaks Ground The plan for rOn. How it will be built, neighbor- hoodbyneighborhood. Page J THE FOUNDERS' LETTER ~lcome to this inaugural issue. What you can expect li:om Civitas: The 1'0n Joumal . . . Page 2 LOWCOUNTRY TRADITIONS A neighborhood store o'nJya few blocks away pro- ,ides a rite of passage for children growing up in tlount Pleasant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 ELEMENTAL ARCHITECTURE The evolution and functions of the front porch and how it defines Ihing in the South. . . Page 3 INSPIRATION FORA NEIGHBORHOOD Two guest Titers look at what it takes to bring out the best in the creation of communities and Picture: A typical street scene. The firsthomes of "On surround the southeast corner of the I 'On is a traditional walking neighborhood. It draws from the same planning methodology that makes historic coastal towns so by neighborhood shops and offices. This square will be easily accessible to the rest of Mount Pleasant via a mod- ern roundabout on Mathis Ferry Rd. special places. .. neighborhood's largest endearing. Lessons from these and a new connector road linking rOn lake and ore across the beloved places combine with modern to Johnnie Dodds Blvd. An Environmentalist Makes A Wish street from the technology to shape rOn's plan. l'On is comprised of six small Sam Passmore explains why air quality, water protected Rookery. rOn benefits from its Founders' "On is characterized by neighborhoods, or boroughs, each quality, and ruealland conservation advocates beautiful homes of experience building other traditional encompassing 80 to 150 homes. These need models such as 1'0n Page 4 different size and neighborhoods including the national- boroughs, developed over time, stature. a Bed and ly acclaimed Newpoint, the Village at include Eastlake, Ionsborough, How Do We Define Communitv Breakfasttnn.sidewalks. Port Royal, and Broad Street in Shelmore, Westlake, Ponsbury, and Julie Cofer looks at active and pas;i'e definitions of a linear pork olong the Beaufort, South Carolina as well as Montrose. communit)' and the role of the individual. Page 5 .. lake. a boathouse pavilion. and easy North Cove in Peachtree City, The frnt neighborhood is Eastlake. access to the Georgia. The internationally renowned named for the 12-acre lake it borders. IMAGES OF COMMUNITY neighborhood shops planning firms of Duany Plater- Its amenities include a boathouse Photographers Stephaney Moyer and Cheri and services Zyberk & Company, and Dover, Kohl pavilion, recreational fields, play- piuillo capture some of l'On's most beloved & Partners crafted the original master grounds, and a linear park along the residents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 4&5 plan. The local firms of Seamon lake. rOn's principle swim and ten- Whiteside & Associates and nis facilities are also located in WRITER'S BLOCK Designworks fme tuned the details. Eastlake. Poetry by local and well knO11 poets. "The history of rOn encompasses 243 acres - the The homes of rOn, are inspired by the architectural traditions of the size of the Charleston peninsula south Political Science. Page 4 literature. art and of Broad Street. Everywhere, intimate Lowcountry. Their lots range in sizes by Elizabeth Sejdel Mo~a" tree-lined streets lead to richly just big enough for a home with a pri- architecture is detailed parks and squares. Some thor- vate courtyard to large parcels benefit- Haiku. . . . .. . . . .. . . .. . .. . . . .. . .. Page 5 oughfares are shady, ambling lanes ing gracious estates. Deep porches, by Drell' Beck defined by like those found in the Old Village of high ceilings, and classic proportion countless Mount Pleasant. Others are narrow, distinguish each home. Materials are TheBoy.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5 bj' Jessie Kendall examples of winding streets complete with slate chosen for authentic quality and abili- walks and granite curbs, like those ty to age gracefully over time. positive change in found in historic Charleston. Parks Elegant smaller houses sit comfort- TURN OF THE CENTURY direction from the provide access to the neighborhoods' ably beside grand neighbors. Hannony Technology develops connections ithin a com. lakes and the community docks along -is achieved through the craftsmanship munit)', I}ing the past to the future. . . . . Page 6 status quo that Hobcaw Creek, enable all the resi- of fine detailing and the inviting civic propel an author. dents to enjoy its beauty. realm that each building shares. There are eight sites reserved for Above all, rOn wiII be a comfon- CLASSIFlEDS an artist. or an able place to live: a home to welcome civic uses including small churches If you need it, we might have it . . . . . . . . Page 6 architect to the and community buildings. In the heart family and friends. of l' On is a small square surrounded THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDING forefrontof IJ Can you entertain on your front porch? Howthe rOn Guildbringsbackthe art and crafts. progressive IJ Can your child walk to a park? manshipofconstruction Page7 thought" IJ Does )'Ourhouse have a unique identity on your street? IJ Would a dog feel comfortable sleeping in the street? SIGNED & SEALED Charles S. Muldrow. an IJ Is there a range of incomes and professions in the neighborhood? The significance behind the 1'0n Seal. . . Page 7 Architect with the IJ Is it welcoming to both grandparents and children? Mount Pleasant firmof IJ Is it a memorable place? . Stubbs. Muldowand IJ Does the neighborhood unite block parties? JACOB BOND rON Herin Architects. Inc. IJ Would )'on feel comfortable going next door to borrow a cup of from his letter to the sugar? A great, great, great, great niece describes how ediior of the Post & her "Old Uncle" changed her life and the IJ Is the neighborhood a place where )'ou would like to spend the rest Courier in support for Lowcountry . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . Back COt",r l'On. ofyonr life?
  3. 3. 2 INAUGURfLISSUE . III CMTAS:THE rON JOURNAL II IIIIlIII 1be Founders' LOWCOUNTRY TRADITIONS Letter A neighborhood store. to which kids can ride their bikes without their parents. offers a rite of passage and the beginning of their life as community members. It's also a great place for adults to go, with or without the kids. LAYING THE FOUNDATION By Andrea Glenn B}' Vilice Gm/",,,, Presidelll, Tile 1'011 Cowl'all)' "Laying the Foundation" is the theme for W hen we were Jooking for houses, we were happy to find a neighborhood with . sidewalks, front porches, and big, shady yards. But it wasn't until we moved in that we real- Of course, sometimes I still go to the chain drug- stores, but the experience can't come close. Few things compare to the sight of teenagers dressed in their church clothes sitting at a lunch counler sip- this inauguraJ issue of Cit'itas: TIle rOn ized how lucky we were. Before the movers had ping cold drinks while they read comics. jOJ.lnwl. Cil.;tus is the Latin word for a union fmished unloading the truck, our two oldest children So many people go through the entire day with- of citizens, town, or civilization. This Journal were begging to explore their new surroundings. oul seeing or speaking to their neighbors. Not us. serves as a diary for the union of this neigh- We had lived in a reson community with a substan- With our side,valks, porches, and visits 10 the drug- borhood. It will be full of history and infor- tial transient population and continual traffic where store. we have many opponunities to IUDinto one malion. Most imporlantly Civitas hopes 10 I would never have let my children roam. I wanted another. The children and adults are able to meet convey the spiril and philosophy of this place this neighborhood to be and even become friends. called 1'0n. different. A trip to the drugstore will Reluctantly, we allowed PITTsr. P, inevitably result in greet- Future issues of Civitas will include writ~ the Iwo older ones to set iogs from the famous and not so famous. ing several friends, neigh~ off on their bicycles. I bars, their children, and N;j'mes you will inslantly recognize, and should admit that I was a sometimes even their dog. names you will come 10 know as friends and bit jealous. They were off Who's got a cold, going neighbors. This issue's contribntors include discovering tlle live oaks, on a trip or gelting ready wrilers who have had, and will continue 10 marshes and sluimp docks for camp? Everyone huve, a profound impact on the way 1'0n will while I was left to unpack checks up on one another. grow. Their passion for the social and build- boxes. When they The social interaction is ing traditions of the Lowcountry serve as the returned, they could hurdly certainly fun, but, more bricks for the neighborhood's foundution. contain their excitement importantly. it creales a Their enthusiasm and hope for Qur future pro- over whut they had found. . wonderful sense of see uri- vide its mortar. It wasn't fiddler crabs, Iy. Geuing 10 Ihis groundbreaking point has lizards, raccoons, or even Our children also rec- required leudership. fuilh, and support on the the enormous container ognize that safely. The parI of many individuals. We pledge to honor ships cruising by Ihat sea of unlocked bicycles these efforts with thoughtful dedication 10 caught their eyes. They surrounding the front door kniuing the purts of this neighborhood into a had found THE drugstore. attests to that. Miss Linda thriving whole. It will be wonh it. For I'On h has been three years holds court at the snack will evolve into a place where the whole is since we moved in and my bar and tends to all. She much greater than the sum of its parts: a children stepped back in knows their names and neighborhood of extraordinary value we can time. Only a few short the kids know her rules! be proud to leave 10 future generations. blocks from our home is She makes the best grilled As rOn evolves from the lalents and cre- the center of their uni- cheese and nobody can ati ve abilities of the people who work on and verse. My husband and I try so hard to prolect pour a colder "co-cola" from a fountain. No bad them from some of the world's harsh realities, but words allowed and you'd better have your shoes on. live in this neighborhood, so too will tIlis jour- we feel comfortable sending Ihem there. It is a Everybody tends to their manners at the drugslore nal. I hope you enjoy this inaugural issue of Civitas, and if you find yourself in our direc- place where they can go, 10 enjoy the best milk because stories definitely get back to parents. You shakes around, and their innocence as well. never know whose mama might be listening. tion. stop by and say hello. The drugstore and its proximity to our home cer- tainly has its conveniences. But, aside from the fact that I can walk to pick up our prescriptions, il is so Andrea Glenn: 6ves in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant with her family: Vernon. C.C..Douglas. and Roseno. much more than just a dl11g slore. It provides the Andrea is headat Community Relations fOf AShley Hall; foundation of our community. Our daily visils to Vernon is on oHorney; C.C. is in the 51h grade and Roseno pick up sundries, buy a stamp and pay the phone is in the 4K class at AShley Holl. Douglas. a I st grader. aMends Charleston Day School. They each go to PiNStreet bills bring all of the neighbors together. II's the spot CXVITAS 10 go when children need to show off a new base- ball curd or celebrate a good repon card. Pharmacy once a day (at least). Cliff: sa wellloved MountPleasant ar1ist nd regular at Pitt i Sf. PhOimocy. a The I'Qn!ournal Published by Civic Communications, Inc. Julie Cofer, Editor Post Office Box 871 Charleston) SC 29402 phone 803.577.0656 Published for The 1'0n Compan}' . August 1997 KAUNW ii CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION NANTUCKET, MA CHARLESTON, SC . @ HagerConstruction Co., Inc. Residential Home Builders Tim Hager (803) 762-6955 Contributors Vince Graham Cherie Pittillo Andrea Glenn Elizabeth Seydel ilorgan Clirf Drew Beck Elizabeth Kalman P.O. Box 3984 Charleston, SC 29407 Mack)' Hill Jcssie Kcndall Kevin Kalman Sam Passmore Andrew Beck Julie Cofer Geoff Graham Stephaney Jlo}"er Caroline Simons 67 Mile$lo~ Rood P.O. Box 1831 Nonludel. MA 02554 Contributions are 'Vel cornel Tel: (508) 228-5480 Fax: (508) 228-5417 Jack Burton 54 Brood Sireel P,O. Box 1042 ~ DALY & SAWYER Cho,ie"on. SC 29402 Tel: (803) 577-429t Fax: (803) 723-9485 THE BURTONCOMPANY Fine Homebuilding Construction, Jnc. 1090 Iohnnie Dodds Bird. . Suile F' Mt. PI,,,,,,nt, South Carolina 29464 (803)881.7781 Telephoae MICHAEL DALY (803) 884-7195 NEIL SAWYER
  4. 4. INAUGURALISSUE - CMTAS:THE rON JOURNAL 3 ELEMENTAL ARCHITECTURE The Role of the Porch B)' Mack)' Hill H ave you ever known the pleasure of rocking on the porch while the rain falls? How about tolking to friends, silting on a porch rail? When was the last time you lounged on a porch swing, drinking lemonade and watched the world go by? Whal about walking around your neighborhood, not II is said that the soul of a place is hard to derme, until it is missing and because you feel the need 10 exercise, but because your neighborhood is beautiful, you know some- and evel}'one is out either strolling or sitting on their front porch? Cenainly with- thing very ,impor- out porches, life is just not as good, but where did they come from and how have tant is gone. The they evolved over time? loss of the porch Ever since the Crusaders returned from the Holy Land with peace, money, and and its significant a hunger for things exotic, porches have been an imponanl ingredient in the good role in the public life. Once houses ceased to be fonresses and the climale in Europe warmed up, realm has taken its outdoor rooms were added. Italian house plans of the 1500's have outdoor rooms, toll on our sense of and they were seen in the Netherlands and England by the mid 1600's. Colonial place and feeling of expansion in the Caribbean and South America with their tropical climates creat- neighborhood. ed a demand for shady, open architecture; and the porch found its market I' On has brought Here in the colony of Carolina, tWo styles of architecture emetged. There were porches back, anached houses built within the walled medieval style city of Charles Town, as returning these "liv- well as plantation homes and farmhouses scanered across the peninsula and fifty ing rooms" to the street. With the return of the porch also comes the an of porch miles inland. building. For a true porch, plan on doing whatever it takes to build some of your In town, porches couldn't be added to row houses, bul balconies could, with square footage outside. Eight feet deep is minimum; nine is mostly dry in the tall windows or doors. Even sidewalks in the commercial areas were roofed over rain; and ten or more is ready for a party. Height is irnponant. Too low, and you with ponicoes to protect passers by from rain and sun. miss the sun during the six months you need it A shady porch is pretty depress- The plantation and farmhouses were built in the Caribbean style with one-sIal}' ing in January. There should be a minimum height of nine feel from the deck to porches on the Southern and Western sides, to catch the prevailing winds. It the bouom edge of the frieze. If your firsl floor ceilings are twelve feel high, this could get miserably hot, but the country house porches were deep enough to give should be the height of your porch ceilings. shade from the high summer sun. The real genius, however, was that their ceil- Aim your porch South or Wesl if you can, and if your neighbor's porch faces a ings were high enough to admil the lower, winter sun's warming rays. side yard, think about not only facing yours simi1arly, but also consider minimiz- As the walled city expanded to take in farmland, streets that ran Nonh and ing your windows along the side facing their porch. In Charleston, this is called South cut the gable ends of several farmhouses and their porches, creating the "Nonh Side Manners" and is a sign of respecl for your neighbor's privacy. "Charleston Single House." This unique style began to influence the newer hous- Be sure to use appropriate design, since the porch can be a building's single es being built in these out lying areas. By the 1820's, beautiful streetscapes had most important archilectural feature. Do not scrimp on materials, because this cli- been created, in which multiple stol}' porches, or "piazzas," facing the southern mate is not forgiving. Also, while designing your porches. think about and plan side or the street, became the primary living space eight months out of the year. for future expansion. Your builder will have some good observations to offer. Sleeping porches were the rule, up until the 1930's, and portions of the porches There may be some structural choices Jou can make now which could greatly were hidden by large shuuer-like screens or placed on the garden side of the reduce your effon and cosllater. Remember that porches are nol decoration; they house:outin th~breezebut away from pl}'ingeyes. are exterior rooms. Constructed properly, you will get more enjoyment from With air conditioning, the Iiving porch moved inside. Sadly the formal, but them, and spend a great deal of time on them. Your neighborhood will feel the dif- very friendly, open neighborhoods, which had encouraged the evening promenade ference. or post-supper constitutional, were diminished by the porch's absence. Cars, radio, then television began 10 rule life; and house plans turned inward, focusing Macky Hiliis on achitecttxol historian known '01 his extensive reseach & understanding 01 on the private rather than the public realm. Large garages facing the street and this region. He has appfoed this knowledge of clossic design towad the ereotion of The l'On huge front yards pushed neighbors farther away from one another, and soon, Plan Boo". MOCIcys responsible for facilitatingand inspiing good design in ,'On. i neighborhoods were replaced by "subdivisions." Porches and other aspects of the Elemental Architecture is Q reguiar leature in Cwltosand providesan opportunity to learn public realm, including sidewalks, became ornamental, rather than functional. about the fvncJamentQ/s and histay of architectural details predominant in "On. ILDERTON CONTRACTORS, INC. We are pleased to announce P.O. BOX727 SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, 29482 SC The forJmation of PAT ILDERTON (803) 663-3708 New Conslruction Wcensad and Insured Construction Management PHilLIPW. SMITH General Contractor P.O. Box 288 Office: 1(803) 881.9828 Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Fax: (803) 881.9830 Assisting Buyers with Home Sites' & Plans (803) 881-3887 F or More Xnform.a.tion WllTE FINE CUSTOM INC. HOMES Please Call88~-3080 Christopher B. FrAser, BroIrer-In-ChArge 918 Lansing Drh'e . AILPleasant, SC 29464
  5. 5. 4 INAUGURAL ISSUE CMTAS:THE rON JOURNAL INSPIRATION An Environmentalist Makes A Wish FOR By Sam Passmore E nvironmental activists are basical- ly normal, in case you were won- dering. We don't get some weird sort of pleasure from standing in opposi- holds make the same number of daily trips as their American counterparts, but only about half by car. Most of their other trips are on foot or by bike, because Western Farmland Trust reports that 12 million acres of prime farmland sprawl between 1982 and 1992. Traditional neighborhoods, were lost to because Do our tion to a road widening here, a sewer line Europeans ne ver abandoned the traditional they can gracefully absorb more house- there and a marina out yonder. We think development pattern. On our side of the holds per acre, relieve pressure to develop settlement we're right, but we don't relish the role of Atlantic, a return to traditional practices lands further out. For this reason, new naysayer. In fact, we yearn to stand in sup- wonld mean we might all breathe a little neighborhoods built along traditional lines port of economic enterprises that offer sig- easier (and maybe a little longer too). are well suited for vacant lands within the patterns define nificant environmental benefits. We want Water Qualiry. Every time it rains, pol- urbanized area. Also, because traditional to be able to respond to the question: lutams are washed off of driveways, roads, neighborhoods are such desirable places to what it is that we "O.K. Now I know what you're against, parking lots and other hard surfaces into live, they entice people to stay in town. In but what are you for?" Increasingly, the our rivers and creeks. Such "runoff pollu- this way, building great cities and towns want to be? enthusiastic answer among environmental- tion" accounts for sixty percent of all sur- will help save the countryside. ists is: "traditional neighborhood design." face water quality pollution in the United Sprawl development patterns have States. About one-third of South Isn't it time Here's at least part of the reason why... become the standard by which cities and Air Quality. The average American Carolina's shellfish beds are closed to towns have grown for the last fifty years. household makes about 12 trips per day, commercial harvest. Most recent closures Challenging this norm is not easy. to build ten of them by car. Many of the trips are have been attributed to runoff. Environmental advocates aren't the only less than a mile and a half long and don't Traditional neighborhoods, because naysayers. There are a million theoretical neighborhoods involve lugging home a week's worth of they are more compact and streets are not reasons why some people say building groceries. We could easily make such con- as wide, have less impervious surface on a new traditional neighborhoods will never venience trips - to tlie video shop or drog per household basis than low-density that are places work, and I have heard them all. My store - by bicycle or on foot, if our com- sprawl. The volume of runoff pollution is favorite: uPeople in South Carolina won't munities were designed with the pedestri- directly related to the amount of hard, or go for sidewalks, because it's too hot to that celebrate ans and cyclists in ntind. Sadly, most of "impervious," surfaces present within a walk." What we advocates need are real our roadways are designed exclusively for drainage area. Thus, traditional neighbor- world examples that prove opponems of the human the automobile; so we drive, and we drive, hoods generate less runoff pollution. traditional neighborhoods wrong: models and we drive, and we drive. The result: Indeed, a recent study of the Belle Hall that show South Carolinians will pay good urban air quality is expected to decline by plantation site in M!. Pleasant found that money to live in a walkable neighborhood. experience and 2005, despite the stringent tail pipe entis- the sprawl pattern generates three times rOn, a complete contemporary model of sion standards of the Clean Air Act. Our more runoff than the traditional town. traditional design principles, provides a conserve the driving habits, which are largely a function Rura/ Lallds. Between 1970 and 1990, stellar example. of community design, will offset all of the population of the Charleston region beauty of our Detroit's technology gains. grew by about 70%, but the physical Traditional neighborhoods, because dimensions of the urban area grew by environment? many destinations are nearby and the 150%, according to the U.S. Census streets are inviting, create transportation Bureau. The story is similar, and even options. Residents actually have the choice more dramatic, elsewhere. During the of leaving the car at home! And when we same period, Cleveland lost popnlation, do so, even for a short trip, we also do the but its girth grew by 30%! Such inefficien- Sam Passmore is the Land Use Director for the environment a big favor because the cies in land use unnecessarily destroy South Carolina Coastal Conservation league. SCCCl is a grassroots. non-profit organization largest share of auto pollution is generated farmland, timberland and important natur- dedicated to protecting State and Coastal from cold starts. Western European house- al areas at the urban edge. The American resources. Political Science Br Eli:al'et/, Se.ldel'/orgo" The Governor studies history to learn and rehearse the theory of branching. He needs to know the this-or-thm. the here-or-there that took th~ now to where we are. so he can say the terrible yes or no to time. Bill now he knows he needs to hold them both in level hands. That's why the Governor's :=;0 ambiguous. She says, "Governor wuuld you care for beer or teaT' He smiles at her enough to shake her poet's heart, says, "I'd love to take a drink with you." She understands this art that leaders make. There is no other an. The Rookery. a nalurol bird habitat. is located in one of /'On's three lakes. It is home to hundreds of wading birds and eleven other bird species during their nesting seasons. The rookery willremain in perpetual consetVotion easement with Ihe Audubon Society for all residents of I'On to shere. Elizabeth Seydel Morgan is a poet living in Richmond, Va. "Political Science" is poem a from her book The Governor of Desire. printed by Stephaney Moyer is a locol photographer and NIA InstNclor specializing in the study of movement Her photographs have Louisiana Slate University Press. Copyright 1993. been published in several magazines. She tives on Ihe Isle of Palms. Cheri Plttillo is devoted 10 photographing the wildlife of the wOl1d. Her photographic trademark is her sense of humor along with her puns (or most occasions. Her artisOc skillis that she doesn't copture the moment. she captures the split second.
  6. 6. INAUGURALISSUE CMTAS:THE I'ON JOURNAL 5 A NEIGHBORHOOD How Do We Define Community By Julie Cofer I spent yesterday afternoon with a one and a half-year-old. Bright eyed and eager, he watched our every move and followed our atten- as we need food and shelter. We conunune, or come into communion with one another, to share ideas and feelings. Through these relation- tion around the room. I just glanced ships, we are given something to briefly at the big box lying on the relate to - a point of reference. floor or the flowers in the garden. He We come into community, not to stopped everything to peek inside, to lose ourselves within a group, but to feel their texture, to shake them up, find ourselves: to discover our own and to build his own relationship individual identity. I bounce my ideas with them. He made them a part of off of you. What do you think? Do his world. The adults had a discus- you feel the same way? Your sion about the future of our home- response gives me the chance to town, complete with generalizations reflect on mine, to enhance my own. and speculations. He sat for a I have an opportunity to see how you moment, listened and examined our react, to tesl my hypotheses. faces and the sounds of our words, Communities work when they give with the same intensity that mastered us these chances and opportunities; the box and the flowers. Then he when they are defined not with a gave us his response; he called out boundary, but with interaction and "heeey," he shook in frustration. The reflection. Like a mirror, the value is conversation stopped. . not in creating a new entity, the Honestly, I don't remember being image that we see, but in helping us one and a half, but I think that is see ourselves from different angles. where it all begins: this search for Community is only as strong as understanding one's place within a the experiences of the individuals community. Back to those overheard within. It is the interplay, the sharing discussions: the hopes, ideals, and of thoughts and experiences, within postulations. community that makes it thrive on Community can be a hot topic. I differences and diversity. This inter- think it is because, it feels good; it play allows for fluidity and the abili- rolls out of the mouth. It is so "polit- ty to adapt. Change is not the enemy ically correct" - to be for a group and for a gathering of individuals. As to support the good of the whole. individuals, we recognize our There is safety in numbers and com- humanity. Rather than trying to be munity has a plural nalure. It tries 10 an ideal member of the group, the capture something about being a part perfect representative, we can be our- of the larger picture, something that selves and bring civility and honesty A mother egret and her two baby bros recognize Ihall'On isa great place 10raise a tomiJy. says you are not alone in this world. to the table. We can strive for great- Unfortunately however, when it ness because we are not focused on comes to defining community we unattainable petfection. wanl to give it boundaries and to determine who is in and who is out. The ability to inspire and celebrate the best within each one of us should I grew up with A Haiku:;' With boundaries, to build a commu- be the standard by which communi- nity is to gather together people with ties are measured. To talk aboUt the the assured by Drew Beck similarities: to make many into one. future of communities and the devel- sense that Helpless fled!(ling squawks A challenge 10the group is heresy; it opment of people collectively, we impatiently waits for grub is to be anti-community. This is why have to focus on ways to improve people are full then mother returns. those hiding behind these boundaries communicatjon and personal can be so poorly equipped to handle involvement at all levels. This is of goodness. change or diversity, and why new why things such as a sidewalk wide When we look ideas seem so threatening. It is as if the group becomes its enough for two people to stroll and talk, porches, connected streets, into each The Boy own entity; something separate from neighborhood businesses, parks, and others' eyes. we by Jessie Kendall the people within it. "This communi- even this publication, are so impor- ty likes this, or believes in that." tant. These things provide opportuni- can see it. We The mind goes gooey. People claim to represent the com- ties for individuals to learn from oth- have the desire quick. shorl. breaths. munity to know what IT wants, to ers about our own possibilities, to humming a tune. hide behind it like a shield. What encounter each other as fellow to commune seeking the moon, happens to differences? humans, to "be in community." With generalities, individual strug- I wonder if that is what my one with one picking the petals off a bron gles can seem so insignificant. and half-year-old friend was calling another to to our attention. For as soon as he black eyed Susan. Although when it comes to actions, individual decisions will always pre- interrupted OUfconversation, we understand not And stumbling over the words vail. What happens to our individual- looked at him, this special gift, and Slomach fumbling. ity when we become a part of a com- found ourselves amazed and inspired only how this Blue Sky. munity defined with generalities? In by his existence. We want so much goodness works A bird /lies by. today's world, where we are con- for him to find his own way. Our Life is at full speed. stantly reminded of the ever presence actions try to express ollr care and in the world. but Becuuse the Boy's turn... of change and the chaos around us, love, to let him know what a unique even more ...brushed her sleeve. can we continue to define conununity individual he is. We surround him with boundaries? with community, which is why, per- importantly how Drew Beck is on accomplished poet ond resident of We should look closer at what haps, he understands it so well. it works within Mount Pleasant. He is a 7th grader at Charleston Day brings us together, what we need Schoof. . from others, what it means to be in' ourselves. JessIe Kendall, an artist and poet. is a recent graduate community. rather than what it is to of Wando High School and willbe attending Winttrop be a communitv. . Julie Cofer is President of Civic College. The Boy has been reprinted by permis~ion from the writer and The 1997 Wando High School Humans ar~ Hpolitical animals" Communications. a community rela. Salmagundi iteraryMogaztne. L tions firm that engages the public in with the ability and the need for dis- productive communication about land 4Haikus ore Japanese forms of poetry, noted for Iheir fixed 17 synoble form & Iheir nalural subject matler. course. We need communicationjust use. planning. and development.
  7. 7. 6 INAUGURALISSUE CIVITAS:THE rON JOURNAL l1li TURN OF THE CENTURY Classifieds J How l'On is Learning from the Past and for the Future Looking for a babysitter? Hourty and WM looking for a female college grad. Ihat By Andrew Beck O...ernighl Rales. We check references. 'atUs to h:we a good lime. I :lIn smart, screen. & interview all of our siUers. Locally owned & o~rated. LowCountl1' Kldsitters - 881-1862 funny, and really cute esp. now that I have a new haircut. Don't I sound like the man of your dreams? ,Mail info & picture 10 P.O. Box 986. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465 aUn: GeotI A fter months of e-mailing messages to myoId friend Homer Hendrickson, 1 decided one afternoon that it would be nice to hear his voice and catch up with him: a telephone call was long overolle, There were several unsuccessful altempts at getting him on the hoot-n.holler, CHARTER BOAT TOURS requiring muhiple voice mails (not to be confused with e-mails) Vince"s Reliable Stud Service Architect practicing from his home office on Maryland's sleepy Eastern Shore, rang Sail aboard the beautiful Catamaran. If you wanltestosterone, we'vc gm it! me lip and jumped right into what I had been up to, "1 reaJly enjoyed your hyper-text 211dWind wilh Ihirty-two of )'our friends. Reasonable rates for lots of fun. 849.8977. Large male, akc, golden retriever language maUix e-mail about this new project your working on, Tell me about it." Keeping in mind that Homer is a stUdent of Posunodem architecture, I carefully ''"~( m: Just ask for Buck 881~0697 couched my words. "Well Homer," 1 began, "I'm working on a new neighborhood Decorative Hanging Basket Ornaments that is truly turn of the century in concept." Puppies for Sale! AKC Golden Relrie'crs . A unique gift for garden EmhusiaSIS Due 10 reliable stud, 'c've got morc than we need. Photos of Parents Readily "No pipe rail, stainless steel cable, or deconstructivist facades in the entire com- munily. What unimaginative and old fashioned slUff!" Homer exclaimed, . These POMOs (Postmodemists) are so pompous, I thought to myself, and then t Haudcrafledby Low Available. CaU Lucy or Buck 849-0398. COulltrySouthCarolina responded ''Thai's right Homer, Just, cla,sically proportioned architecture in the Anist HEAL ESTATE Lowcountry vernacular. But what's more important," I added, "Is that we are making . Ages 10 an Amitue Fiub;h Office and Retail Space this a tUrn of the next century community as well." . RU$lproof WorL: nly :1walk awa)' from wll:feyou livc o in the 1'0n Square I could hear Homer's gears tuming six hundred miles away through the twisted . Outdoor/IndoorGarden AccelU 30.Um sq. (I. avail. for commerciaJuse 884-3080 pair copper cable over which our conversation was being transmitted, "Synthetic stucco and powder-coated, multi-colored aluminum window extrusions sporting gold l'On Really, LLC tinted reflectorized glass?" Homer exclaimed. 722-1175 ChlislOplt<:f B. f'ra!>Cr. ute "No, no, no, Homer, nothing like that. When 1 say tUrn of the next century, I'm Bcth Howard Designs. Charleston, SC thinking of stUff like our community home page on the Internet. There will be an Lots ,,,ith Homes Available Intranet with a bulletin board to fmd that golf or tennis partner, to locate a babysitter Gill for €Ibl'rn:lmn.'i)r 10 ~)l"a elllo,.dt'/: Build your Dreilm Home for Friday night, or 10 send an e-mail down to the comer restaurant for a dinner reser- 884-3080 MISC, ITEMS FOH SALE vation, We are also thinking about " Just then, my call-waiting signal beeped, 1'0n Reali)', LLC Thick-SkiDDed Suit Anilable Chrisl~t<:rB.I'raser.DIC "Wait a minute, Homer, got another call," "SOIT)',man, it was just another one of those high-Iech stock brokers trying to put Deep {XX'kelsfor fe~ and unforeseen CIVIC BUILDING SITES me in the latest Internet Software Company, Where were we? Oh, yeah, we were expenses. Extra padding for bean on sleeve. Perfectfor SmallChurches, laIking about the next century, Believe it or not, we are also working on the latesl Comes wilb Ihigh-high boot:; (or wading, blinders 10 stay focused, rose colored glass- Theater Companies.or Schools technology in water meters. They can be read by radio signal rather than by some 884-3080 es for reading letters to the editor and bul- guy walking around with a pad of paper and a pen. Just think, no more barking 1'011 Realty, LLC let-proof vesl for pol ShOI5. 3 yrs. old. well Chrhlopher 8. Fra~':r. BIC dogs, We're also setting up I'On to be fed with fiber optic cable and working with worn. it is lime co lei this suil go and move the existing communications companies to get the leading edge two-way coaxial forward. cable service." I FORALL OF YOUR DEVELOPMENT Sire Planning. landscape Archit~lure NEEDS 'That sounds great," Homer repUed, "But listen Andy, I've gotta get back to work. Call me back when you are ready to 1aIk about how Corbu's style might improve 1961 Ford Galaxie &.Ch'iI En8in~ring Seumon Whiteside & Assuciates your streelScapes. Great talkin' to you," This Car's for Cruising 884-1667 Baby Blue COI'enible. 45,000 miles. I hung up the phone and sat for a moment reflecting on our conversation, I've 1'0" '$Lon" Lmd Plal/lli/I!f'It'(l1II been in the building business for over twenty years. Back when 1 started fresh out of Runs when il docs, sils and looks preny when it doesn'l. college, a calculator cost three or fOllr hundred dollars (and thai's in 1975 dollars). Nelson Printing Corporation OIIk:db);lJc:elopcr(OfpcJtMrial1~nL<."'nc:i!!hboIhoo..I~ 'e Ptimcd Thi~ New~ICLIer. Fax machines and cell phones weren't yela dream, and the only personal computers lei Us Prim SOll)l:IhinS Itl/' You. were on the Apollo spacecraft. PEHSONALS Eric Nelson. 723-7233 In twenty years, the pace of our lives has been dramatically changed by technolo- Male Golden Retriever, AKC, medium Join Today gy. Not long ago, when someone lold you over the phone that the contracl was in the build, seeks female same. If you like long Soulh CaroUna Coaslal mail, you knew you had at least a couple of days to ponder the pending decision cast watks. curling up 011Ihe OlcVent, and felch. Consenation League by your signatUre. Overnight express shortened that time of consideration to less il12:the lennis ball in the ocean, we could Cnll723-8035 than twenty-four hours, The Fax machine leaves you with only minutes to contem- m;"c great puppies. Can Henry 577.0656. for mcmbersWp detaUs plate the decision you are expected to make as fast as the missive is spit out of thai little beige box, With cell phones and call forwarding we are constandy available 10 our emissaries. We now live in an era where the pace of technology compresses the times of our lives. It can make our lives easier and more convenieni, but sometimes I need quiet and solitude for reflection. Those great verandas on the homes of l'On come from the turn of the last cenrury, a time when a familiar place to sit in contemplation or conversation was just as important as it is now. rOn's shady streets and initimate parks encourage us 10 leave our televisions and computers behind, to take a slroll, to breathe the fresh air, and to meet others face to face, Ironic, isn'l it? The building and planning elemems prominem in the last century, remain as necessary components of life today, while technology propels us into the nexl century, Nice combination, don't you think? Andrew Beck is the Project Manager lor l'On. An experienced developer and recovering Postmodemist. Andy has built housing and commercial projects throughout the United States. When he is not working. you can find Andy boating and enjoying time with his family. Werfere. Lire was once simpler and slo~cr. Neighborhoods ro the waaedrom Green and doct pa.i!i(Ono'edooking were dose: knil' c(lmmunitiu or rrielldly people wbo rile Be3urOft Rivet'. This selling has bc:cn dcsctitled as Cia y Hug"e. bI~w and cued ror each otbu. !he mosl deS",,1 tt>mbin:ui<>n J Amerino 13ndC3p" o Conslruelion Loan Officer 1bi~ is the appeal Qr Newroin!. From humble beSi.a- ins 3nd archircC1ureerealed in Ihe lauc:rbatr of the 2tkb mgs in 1991. NC"f't"illlh3Sb«omo: the IOOSt cd:timcd a CUllllry." (803) 577-8<188 Dew neighborhood in rhe Cuo!in3s. From Sml/I,t,.,. L.'j'l', to S(llfllrtm -'«,tn'.I. CNN 10 Thc noli S'rtt/ MfJfe Ihan jUMbeaudrullive oaks and w3ledronlliv- inS.Nc~'~nr offen a cckbr:uioo or oeighblxhood spiril. The Home JOII/1IiI/, !hey speak or NC(I(Iinlas "somerhing rrom our To some, it is s)'mrolic of aD e hne !me "ilh lime and. StoreLLC When )'011'isi' 13ketime ro walk !he T(OlOOseorus th:u ('311 home. NC"J'C'imis il Dei:hborho'ld. 10 II.dd~lion to O".="..;U"'.oohr''''";O'''~",Io",r..',.o. ,-" - ~. simply II n(Olionor relaxed living in II. refiDed:uchilC(!ure.YOllwilldis. CnmfM.1bleplxebcsidcll1erivu. WA-CHOVIA Steve Weavil ::e;~~C~:n:r:~:;:t~~ NEW POI N T ~;'~~::~::I~;~t~~~i!:~ President eh~ldren'sparl.:atfhecenr~roJlh.: .,..",_.~ lhan I.he (Ordiolr)'.Iheo visit nClghb'lrhood. SlroJl own ADd d -,.."jt JiO.. NCpomllnda)'. 'Ncwrn;ntSalc$Officc: POBox 2355' Be:luf"n. SC 29901 1177 Gregorie Ferry Road l'Iull1l.':(80.1)522-9313'(II03)811-5022 ftU, Pleasant, SC 29464 Xnpni"'isj"lffluanjrom. BCD.iflH7's hi.'iDNdluricl.m Di11i, Tlm,Imn Office: (803) 849-8773 /J~QI:,,.,,,.ChD.'1:' L441~ Ifftmd, 'mill cW"IIf""" ,111;,II" IIW.t/c",IJrin/ fIn,tit/lt Th","ft.IIIS,C.801/orl.smi/rltallrrnlflbrlctcnl"IIIIIJ, nridg.:l<:th, Fax: (803) 849-8703
  8. 8. INAUGURAL ISSUE - CMTAS:THE rON JOURNAL 7 THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDING The I'On Guild rii~I.J.1 c _.~- W hen our ancestors climbed out of the caves. fash- ioned their first tools. and staned building. civi- lization began. It began with humanity's primal urge to flOd shelter. and has evolved into a spiritu- al desire to create. I... ~g~~~~?!~~S!~~i;~~;:~~;£.~~~~;~~:E:~; ~~U~~~;~i!)?;;:{;f;ty~~iJ;!}'r: home~.webothsinkour roots and lift our branches.The we leave - be they desc~n~~nts, works of art. or build1Dgs-mark.o~rp~gressasaclV1lizedpeople.. ~:;'r " . ;fif~'!I. l t;:~j .' . r''fL';;.t+':i;~1 1,:'~'~i'!; .:r . f;!..~ . ., >;; " OUf homes, CiVICbuddmgs. churches and busmesses are ';}'~'/':'i.:/~',': ",~i'~:...t: ~-," '.. shaped by the hands of craftsmen, under the direction of a'" ..' .. . builder. When we eat, when we sleep, and wheu we do busi- ness, we seeme work of this profession all around us. After researching and interviewing local builders. the 1'0n Company invited ten to become the founding members of the rOn Guild. In developing the Guild. they looked for builders who respect their craft. In plain terms. tbey looked for builders who strive to build something wOlm preserving and capable of enduring. The formation of a Guild does more than encourage comm- cadery; it enables better communication between builders, the development team, the sales agents, trade contractors, and each other. Hopefully, it even fosters a little friendly competi- ti~n.. All of w~ch is iinponant ~buil~ng ho~es. Es~ia11y ~:=~f.~~~~~= ~~:~~':~~:s":::un~':slly;;. =u7:~~~~~su= =e~:' ~';:~ wU!lln the .neigbborh?ods of I On with th.eif e~phasls on 1997 to tour new and historic neighborhoods. From lett to right: Neil Sawyet Steve weovi. VJt1ceGraham. Alan design detail, the public realm, and the relatIonships between Patters6n. Phillip Smith. Aussie Gee.; John Hendrickson. Michael Daly. David Kent: John Lesemon. run Hoger. the buildings along a street. RichardCUffan.8.B.Weavil.Macky HiN. Betsy Kolman.CMsFraser; HenryLyon.Unda Witte.UsaBordman. enksJ Rare are the traditionsof the building arts, born from ~itle.Kevin Kalman. Eubanks. ndy Beck.Geott Graham.and BillHeron(nol pictured:Patrick/ldetton.Mike Bill A apprenticeship and passed on from one generation to the next. Hili. Kenny Seamon. Stacey Rasebrock. and TomGraham). such as masonry. carpentry. and ironwork. The 1'0n Guild will wark ta restore these traditions and suppon their cultural advancement. 1'0n bomeowners can select a builder from the Guild 10create a custom home and be assured of quality and an appreciation of the 1'0n style. By working with 1'0n's development and marketing teams. Guild members will use the 1'0n Plan Book to deliver beautiful homes for the neighborhood's future residents. "Mount Pleasant is a crown of jewels. and J'On willbe a beautiful diamond in that crown. sparkling: a lovely addition that willenhance the wonderful community." Joan BoU.providing pubflC cOI1Y1lenl at the Mount Pleasant Town Cound Meeting 01 which l'On was approved by the Mayor and Council Members. The Balls ore one of l'On's firstfarnilies. SIGNED & SEALED Ne Oublie. "never forget," is the propeny. Takenfrom the LiveOak tree The marsh leading to the silhouened Graham Family motto. Appropriate as on the Town of MoulIIPleasant's Seal. landscape ponrays the view that visi- a reminder of the family's role in build- they indicate the Founders' commit- tors and residents ofl'On will see when The Meaning Behind The l'On Seal ing this community. The motto also ment to steward Iheenvironmentalfea- approaching the neighborhood from adheres to the principles of traditional lures and naturalbeautyof this area. Hobcaw Creek. The beautiful marsb T he origination of Seals is found in a promise. for they are a symbol Sealed documents of commitment. are honorable neighborhood developmem that look al historic models for guidance. Cresco, is the Town of Mount Pleasant's . .. '''. . The Oak is significant for its . strenglh and endurance. Each acorn symbolizesthe energy and promise of surrounding the creek defines the Lowcountry. The silhouette includes 1'0n's homes, businesses, and civic buildings. because of their ability to be authenti- new development. The Rising Sun in the background cated and validated. The Seal of a moUo. It means "I am . ~ , Together. the branches shares its light with all that it lOuches. : Town says this is what we value, growing:' It calls the , and acorns are It reminds us of the dawn of a new day where we come from, and where we town's citizens to wel. ; , reminders of life's and serves as an inspiration to shine want to go. For a business, a Seal is a come the future and' ) fonh in brilliance. ~ I renewal. By framing pictorial vision statement. the exciting opponuni- the Seal. the two More than a logo, the 1'0n Seal The r On Seal was developed by ties Cocome. ~ branches also demon- serves as a reminder of the commilment the Foundersto encompassall of these Civitas describes a <:..;..::... strate the importance of to quality. history and hope. Look for it elements. It serves as a sign of the union of citizens, a town, or :--.--- relationships. not only on 1'0n contracts. but also on commitmen~Ihe authenticity.the val- civilization. More than simply The rOn Monumeut with its jts stationery, sjgns, and manhole coy. ues. and Ihe goals promised to the coming together. the Latin won! civitas classicdetails pointsto Iheemphasison ers. propel1yowners.residents.and friends expresses the emotjons, rituals~ and design and architectural standards. of l'On and the sunounding communi- convictions that emerge wjthin the Most imponantly. it is a tribute to the ty. Not only is its existencenotewor. union. legacy of the 1'0n family and their Group W of Attonta designed Ihe l'On seal. This graphic arts firm specializes in promo- thy. but so are each of the symbols within it. The two Live Oak branches with community spirit a reminder of this- tionol information. symbolic representations. their acorns are special feattlres on Ibe propeny's history. seals and stomps. 890 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. . Building Three Suite 202 Mt. Pleasant. SC 29464 Phone (803) 881-6371 Fax (803) 881-6377 GENERAL CONTRACTORS ~Uke HiWDaid P. Kent 985-B Jobnnie Dodds Blvd. Robert W. Marlowe Stephen E. Chandler (803) 849-7933 MI. PI nt. SC 29464-3184 Home (803) 884-2875 Home (803) 881-9254