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Coleman: More Than the Name of a Busy Boulevard

It’s a saturday afternoon, and i’m sipping an iced coffee in the window of Starbucks on Coleman Boulevard. A typical day in Mount Pleasant, the road is abuzz with shoppers, bike riders and diners. I sit watching the smiling faces pass by, imagining what errands these people are running on the boulevard today. It seems that everyone around here turns to Coleman Boulevard for all their needs. A hub of Mount Pleasant commerce, the highway is home to restaurants, bars, boutiques, furniture stores, exercise studios, supermarkets, schools and, of course, people. However, most local residents don’t know “Coleman” is more …

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The Heart of Mount Pleasant Beats Again

Once upon a time in Coastal Carolina, long before Mount Pleasant was anything more than a sleepy suburb of Charleston, the town’s main street stretched lazily along part of what is now known as Coleman Boulevard. As Mount Pleasant’s population exploded, rocketing to its current status as the fourth largest municipality in South Carolina, Coleman Boulevard’s importance diminished greatly. Businesses old and new opened up shop in burgeoning areas of economic development such Towne Centre, Belle Hall and Highway 17. But now, fueled by an aggressive revitalization plan set in motion by then-Mayor Harry Hallman and the Town Council in …

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Mount Pleasant’s Main Street: Then and Now

It stretches just 2.4 miles, from the foot of the Ravenel Bridge to the intersection of Ben Sawyer and Chuck Dawley boulevards, but the story of what is now Coleman Boulevard reaches back to the earliest days of Colonial Charles Town. Georgetown Road was the main thoroughfare in Christ Church Parish when Robert Mills surveyed the area in 1825. It followed an old Native American route that once brought tribes to the coast to enjoy the ocean’s bounty of shellfish. These old “Indian” pathways become the roads of the early colonists. King’s Highway was established as early as 1650, when …