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Any history fan will attest that there is nothing new or unique about Charleston’s Union Pier opportunity. Yet we are seemingly trying to reinvent the wheel from scratch.

I lived in Baltimore in 1975. That year the city entertained 12 visitors and four of them were lost. In those days, Baltimore was a toilet. Trust me, nobody wanted to be in Baltimore.

Tourism in Washington, D.C., was at an all-time low with then-Mayor Marion Barry, who was eventually arrested after being videotaped during a sting operation smoking crack cocaine. The nation’s capital simply wasn’t safe.

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