King Street pedestrian traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels
CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The City of Charleston uses cell phone data to track the number of people shopping and dining on King Street.
An area of ââKing Street, from Spring Street to Broad Street, is monitored through a program called Placer, which tracks the number of phones that ping a certain tower.
The city’s findings indicate that foot traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels.
City of Charleston’s director of business and neighborhood services Meg Thompson said the most recent peak in activity was on Friday, June 25, when nearly 29,000 visitors came to King Street. The city uses the data to help plan crowd management.
âWe know we see these high peaks every month or at certain times of the week,â Thompson said. We can plan for these in terms of cleaning, policing, all of these types of municipal services and plan for them. “
Local businesses are also benefiting from the increased number of visitors.
Annie Burton, a sales associate at Salisbury and Manus, says they have seen a slight increase in business in recent months.
âIt definitely picked up, so we just opened in November of last year, so in the midst of the pandemic, we kind of went through it for a while,â Burton said.
After the slow fight against the pandemic, companies like Salisbury and Manus are hoping King Street is ready for a big rebound.
âEveryone is eager to travel and eager to return to Charleston, one of the most beautiful cities,â said Burton. “I think this street has a lot to offer and I hope these companies can try.”