The East Central neighborhood in Charleston is roughly bounded by Morrison Drive, Stuart Drive, Meeting Street and E Street. The neighborhood is also surrounded by I-26 and Highway 17. The East Central neighborhood is a combination of commercial and industrial properties, public housing and some older transitional residential areas.
This East Central area is often called the Cannonborough-Elliottborough section of Charleston by residents. Recently, a neighborhood association was organized in order to create quality living spaces in the neighborhood. This active group has done everything from opposing liquor licenses to addressing city maintenance of the area to organizing fairs and parades and cleaning up and planting foliage.
Another bright spot in the neighborhood is the Sanders-Clyde Elementary/Middle School. The school has recently gone through an upgrade, building and expanding facilities in order to infuse the arts into the campus. The Charleston School District hired full time art, drama, and music teachers and created multi-purpose areas within the school. The school also added a gym for middle school sports and other activities. The East Bay Street side of the building has a patio with wrought iron tables and places to display and view student art. The school also boasts an active PTA and a School Improvement Committee.
Due to the central location, the East Central neighborhood has easy access to East Bay Street and all its attractions and amenities. It is only a short drive to Roper Hospital, the College of Charleston, and more. Additionally, I-26 and highway 17 make all of the surrounding areas of Charleston easily accessible.