Newspaper articles, correspondence, and reports from the Civic Services Committee files, on topics related to Charleston architecture, history, government, and city planning. [Note, only a sample is included here.]
Background information on the City of Charleston's 1931 landmark zoning ordinance. Includes City Council meeting proceedings; newspaper article about its presentation to City Council in 1931; commentary about the ordinance; "Report Made to the Mayor After the Zoning Ordinance had Been in Operation for Two Years"; CSC correspondence related to its study of the ordinance and conclusion that it needed to be revised; and newspaper articles about various zoning issues.
Copy of the "War Mobilization and Reconversion Act of 1944," a/k/a "The George Bill," which provides federal funds for making post-war plans. (Public law 458--78th Congress / Chapter 480--2nd Session / S. 2051, approved Oct. 3, 1944.)
In January 1937, Carolina Art Association members resolved to organize a committee of citizens from cultural and civic organizations to address the protection and beautification of the approaches to Charleston. Folder contains correspondence related to the formation of the committee; minutes of a meeting in which how to organize popular opinion was discussed; correspondence in support of the effort; and newspaper articles.
In 1944, the CSC considered the question of erecting war memorials in Charleston and formed a subcommittee to study the possibility. This folder contains planning documents including general lists of area parks and playgrounds and a list of suggested war memorials; general information about park and recreation planning; correspondence mostly consisting of suggestions for sites but also some related to the formation of the subcommittee, including from Loutrel W. Briggs, and letter to Mayor Wehman; and "Report of Committee on War Memorials."
Planning documents for traffic study conducted by a group of Charleston Boy Scouts. Includes instructions on how to conduct a traffic flow survey; survey assignments; traffic count sheets; list of Charleston Boy Scouts; maps; and correspondence between Robert N.S. Whitelaw and George W. Simons.
Includes lists of various committees/committee members; correspondence and memoranda; survey materials; booklet "Traffic Regulations and Rules of the City of Charleston"; lists of traffic violations, insurance issues, city-owned property in congested areas; questionnaires on church-owned property; surveys of present off-street parking facilities; and maps of properties affected.
The Merchants Committee was a sub-committee of the Civic Services Committee and its members were Jack Krawcheck (chairman), Mrs. Wilson Wing (secretary), Robert T. Rosemond, William M. Means, Edward Kronsberg, Matthew Condon, W.P. Poulnot, T.W. Perry, and H.D. Todd. Folder contains the questionnaire responses from numerous King Street merchants and the "Tabulation of Poll Taken by the Merchants Committee on Off-Street Parking Among King Street Business Men." Also contains planning documents for the merchant survey.
Correspondence and reports/statements related to the issue of off-street parking, which provide background information about parking in Charleston and other cities: "Outline of Procedure in Development of Off-Street Parking Plan"; "Public Relations in City Planning" by Henry P. Staats and George W. Simons, Jr.; "The Background of Traffic Congestion" by Samuel G. Stoney; "Off-Street Parking for Charleston" by the Civic Services Committee (10/19/1945); reports entitled "Parking in Business Areas" by representatives from Providence, RI; Augusta, GA, and New Haven, CT.
Report outlining the purpose of, and other details related to, the off-street parking plan, including financial aspects. Presented to City Council on Nov. 13, 1945. Includes breakdown of costs, parking meter revenue around the U.S., traffic flow check at King and Calhoun Streets, and suggested layouts for off-street parking facilities.
Planning documents for the off-street parking study that was conducted in response to Frederick Law Olmsted's report. George W. Simons served as consultant on the study. Includes CSC meeting minutes and memoranda in which the study is discussed at length; meeting minutes of the Metropolitan Council; "Objectives of Off-Street Parking Plan"; article announcing the start of a parking poll sample "Opinion Poll on Automobile Parking Problems in Charleston" and "Off-Street Parking Questionnaire"; draft of report/article "So You Want to Park."
Scripts for the radio show "The Man of the Hour Program brought to you by the Community Development Council, with Dick Reeves," a weekly show that featured the work of people in Charleston who were aiding Charleston and the national war effort. (Sometimes, Mrs. Arthur Lassek would host the show.) The community was invited to nominate outstanding citizens and the "winner" would then appear on the show to be interviewed by Reeves. Guests include Mrs. Arthur Ravenel, Mayor Wehman, Mrs. Joseph I. Waring Jr., Mrs. John Bennett, Mrs. Juanita Whitfield, Mrs. Richard Merritt, Mr. Traynor Perillo, Officer Warren Brickley, Miss Charlotte Dillingham, and Mr. John D. Rooney. Scripts span April through June, 1943. File also contains a script from a March 1, 1943, "Radio Forum" and correspondence from listeners with suggestions for the betterment of Charleston. Fourth of four Community Development Council files.
Newspaper clippings of articles about the Community Development Committee and its purpose and activities related to wartime housing and other issues. Includes articles about the need for homes for officers, the need for and building of "demountable" houses in Liberty Hill, advertisements for assistance services and for the post-War Reconstruction Planning Committee of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Charleston dwelling survey, anticipated growth of population and related needs, the proposed development of a park and playground adjacent to the Yacht Club, and other community issues. Third of four Community Development Council files.
Contains documents related to the war-time planning objectives and activities of the Committee; descriptions of the Housing Bureau and Planning Bureau; correspondence; and reports. Reports inlcude ""Purpose and Objects"" statement; ""Community Services are Vital to War Production"" by Frederick H. McDonald; and ""Report Accompanying Guide Plan of a Residential Unit Development Adapted to War Housing"" by Loutrel W. Briggs. Correspondence pertains to the ""Elimination of Dwellings Unit for Human Habitation"" and the ""Growing Shortage of Vital Necessities."" Folder also contains letters from individuals offering housing; forms ""Authorization for Reconditioning Service (Defense Housing)"" submitted to the Home Owner's Loan Corporation (Reconditioning Section) to convert or renovate buildings into housing (at 45 Bull Street, 366 King Street, 21 King Street, and 2 Limehouse Street); ""Statement of Mr. Aldace F. Walker, Vice-President, Trans-America Pipeline Corporation"" to the Committee related to crude-oil pipeline project TAPCO; and data related to the planning for shopping centers. Second of four Community Development Council files.
*First Regional Planning Group consisted of Homer M. Pace, Chairman; E. Milby Burton; Albert Simons; John Mead Howells; Alice Huger Smith; Samuel G. Stoney; Helen McCormack, secretary; E. Burnham Chamberlain; Frederick H. McDonald; William M. Means; Thomas R. Waring; and Robert N.S. Whitelaw, director.