Corridor of opportunity

By Peter Hull

Image depicts student and tutor working together.A group of 17 Clemson graduate and undergraduate students have a rare opportunity to give back to the community as part of their planning and landscape architecture studies.

Led by assistant professor Victoria Chanse, the students held a series of public meetings with officials and residents of the Stromboli area in North Charleston. They produced seven design proposals for revitalizing the historically black neighborhood located barely a mile from Clemson’s Restoration Institute.

“An important component of the project is to give back to the neighborhood in doing something useful rather than just another exercise,” Chanse said. “The neighborhood residents can take the students’ work and put it into practice, if they choose.”

The project includes two key elements, according to Chanse: service-learning and hands-on experience working with a community. As part of the ongoing project, the students will work closely with Stromboli residents as they refine their designs.

For information: Victoria Chanse, 864-656-6787,