On a June afternoon, parents and grans chilled on the sidelines while the
kids cooled off in the Pineapple Fountain at Charleston, SC's Waterfront
Park. The fun is legit and the water's clean.
"This is the best thing in the city," a mom sitting nearby was overheard to
say. Another of the park's cool features is a circle of discretely designed
jets that shoot water high in the air -- more aesthetic than a water slide
and loved by all.
The city has undergone a rebirth owing largely to nine-term mayor Joseph
Riley, who once decreed: "Charleston must be a place where every citizen's
heart can sing." Visitors are singing right along with them.
Posted by Patricia Borns, Globe Correspondent