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The S.C. Ports Authority has unveiled its long-awaited draft plan for the redevelopment of Union Pier, and my unvarnished, first-blush reaction — which I’ve shared with port officials — is that it’s too tall and too dense, with too many hotel rooms, too much block-sized development and too little affordable housing.

Which doesn’t mean the plan is without merit. In fact, it has several positive elements, including state-of-the-art flood protection, new parks and greenspace, increased public access to the waterfront and potential transportation improvements. It just needs to get a haircut and go on a diet.

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