If one street can rightfully be called a microcosm of the Holy City, it just might be King Street. In this five-mile stretch, the residents of Charleston live, work, and play, from the public housing of Joseph Floyd Apartments on Upper King to the prestigious Sumter House on the Battery. In some ways, King shows how clearly segregated Charleston remains. To be quite honest, there are places on this stretch of road where each one of us feels out of place, where each one of us feels unwanted. Rich or poor, black or white, it doesn’t matter who you are — there’s a place along King where you’ll feel like an outsider. But the city — and its streets — belong to all of us.
It’s time to get to know King Street.