The Upper Peninsula is an 865-acre region of Charleston, SC positioned east of I-26, south to Cooper St. and north to Charleston City limits. An area formerly dominated by light industrial usage with over 70 warehouses still existing today, the Upper Peninsula is under increased demand for redevelopment. Over the next 25 years, the Charleston region will continue to experience unprecedented growth targeted in the Upper Peninsula. Currently there are approximately 3,000+ residents, 1,500+ housing units and 200+ businesses. With 23 houses of worship, eclectic building designs and a unique local character special to the Upper Peninsula, many have recognized this area has a diverse authenticity that not only is in dire need of protection, but also understanding.
While the City created a new incentive based zoning district unique to the Upper Peninsula which awards height and density bonuses in exchange for developers adding community benefits like affordable housing, outdoor public space, and green storm water practices, there is still much work to be done to face the repercussions of gentrification. We believe that there is enough pie for everyone in this community.
However, the Upper Peninsula is rapidly gentrifying and the remaining community members of Charleston are in jeopardy due to inequitable growth. We believe art, creativity, and critical thinking can address community issues that accompany such growth in unique and transformational ways. When we hold ourselves, civic leaders, and developers accountable to more equitable and just growth, we create more opportunities for thoughtful action. It’s not a perfect solution, and we work to hone and refine it everyday. Please consider getting involved, however you are called: donate, volunteer, or utilize our FREE RESOURCES in your own community.
Enough Pie could not do our work without supporters! We are grateful to thank some of our key donors, including: The South Carolina Arts Commission, The Post and Courier Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, The Boeing Foundation, The City of Charleston, and MANY individuals. It takes a village. Thank you.