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Harboring Tourism: An International Symposium on Cruise Ships in Historic Port Communities

Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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Charleston was founded in 1670 by English colonists and relocated in 1680 to its present location, where the Ashley and Cooper rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. Residential, commercial, administrative, and ecclesiastical buildings in a grand array of styles from Georgian, to Regency, Federal, and Gothic Revival, neoclassical and Italianate styles dot the historic city. (...)

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Charleston’s Historic District was included on the 2012 World Monuments Watch to highlight concerns over the effects of increased cruise tourism and how best to balance heritage management and cruise ship tourism. (...)

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Charleston’s importance as a port is reflected in the fine collection of buildings that epitomize American social and architectural history. Charleston pioneered urban preservation in the United States as the first city in the country to enact a local historic district ordinance in 1931. (...)

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Cruise Control
Global Post, Friday, November 22, 2013
Judge Tosses Federal Permit for SC Cruise Terminal
Associated Press, Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Places We Love IV: Heritage Advocates Want Cruise Ships Tamed
National Geographic, Thursday, February 14, 2013
Conference on cruises in historic ports set for SC
Associated Press, Sunday, February 3, 2013
Look for cruise answers
The Post and Courier, Sunday, February 3, 2013
Crucial questions on cruise ships: How many? How big?
The Post and Courier, Friday, November 9, 2012
Dismiss lawsuit against Carnival? That’s a fantasy
The Post and Courier, Sunday, June 3, 2012
Fixing Charleston's Cruise Problems
Cruisemates, Friday, October 7, 2011
Charleston, S.C., lands on a list of endangered sites – again
Los Angeles Times, Friday, October 7, 2011

World Monuments Watch Day

In Charleston, Watch Day celebrated the history of the harbor with the release of a mobile app of Maritime Sites and the Historic Waterfront Preservation Pedal, a bike tour along the historic wharves and maritime buildings. Community members participated in the ride to promote the port’s preservation.

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