This reprint of a 1929 News and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) article depicts MacElwee's plan for the extension of Murray Boulevard north of the Ashley River bridge. The map and text give detailed descriptions of residential lot sizes in the reclaimed areas, areas for commercial development, parks, etc. and persuasive economic reasons to undertake the development. Though most of the land was eventually reclaimed, no grand boulevard extends north of the Ashley River bridge today and MacElwee's vision of building "one of the most famous water front driveways in the world" was never realized.
Roy S. MacElwee was a planner specializing in port development and the author of several books including "A Comprehensive Handbook on the Port of Charleston" (1924) and "A Plant Location Survey of Charleston, S.C." (1928). During his time as commissioner of Charleston's Bureau of Port Development, he played a key role in the establishment of Charleston's pioneer historic district zoning ordinance. This album of 20 photographs and several dozen clippings appears to have been compiled to illustrate what other cities have done to develop their waterfronts and includes his plan to develop Charleston's waterfront along the Ashley River. One newspaper clipping and all 20 photographs are published here; the remaining newspaper clippings in the album remain undigitized.