PARK CIRCLE | NORTH CHARLESTON
Park Circle in North Charleston is distinguished by a great mix of new and old construction, from the modern new urbanism of Mixson to the arts and crafts-style bungalows built during the 1920’s through the early 1940’s. It is believed that Park Circle is one of only two planned garden cities in the US, and was actually the first attempt at urban planning in Charleston. Garden cities were envisioned by famed Victorian-era planner Sir Ebenezer Howard as planned, self-contained communities surrounded by “greenbelts”, containing proportionate areas of residences, industry, and agriculture.
Howard advocated modest-sized, circular, self-sustaining communities, featuring shops, factories, and rowhouses located on the outer edges, and beyond that, farmland. At the garden city’s center would be a circle of open space surrounded by single-family homes. The idea was to provide walking access among homes, shops, workplaces, and farms. Ironically, adjoining the park circle area is the site where the Olmstead Brothers, designers of NYC’s Central Park, planned Chicora Park south of Noisette Creek as a 600 acre refuge from city life.
Today. you can still get a sense of Sir Howard’s original intent, and that fact has been noted by local preservationists as Park Circle and neighboring areas currently experience one of the largest urban renewal efforts in the country. Demand has been a key driver in the evolution of new communities like Mixson and Oak Terrace Preserve. Two of the highest rated magnet schools in the nation are located right here: Charleston School of the Arts and Academic Magnet. It’s location near two major highways and employers Boeing, Mercedes-Benz, Cummins, Computer Sciences Corporation, Robert Bosch and Verizon Wireless.
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