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  1. The Bell Tower Mall wasn't successful and I doubt McAlister Square would have worked downtown either. The whole point of a regional mall is that it is out in the growing suburbs along major highways. The acres of free parking would be harder to find downtown and if you did find a spot then the mall would end up separated from the rest of downtown by acres of parking lots. Even if it worked it probably have sucked all the retail life from Main St. If Furman had stayed in downtown Greenville it would have been better for Greenville. Probably not better for Furman though.
  2. Do 18-wheelers still roam the highways of America? That is their specialty.
  3. Those bottom two pictures display an excellent view of the evolving Greenville skyline. A different angle than the usual views. They also show the new density in the west end with all the new apartment and condominium buildings. South Main street is looking more and more attractive as the trees grow.
  4. I would prefer they keep the Greene statue on Main Street -. maybe near City Hall. It seemed appropriate to have the statues associated with Greenville's early history close together. Also, what will they do with Greene's small companion?
  5. Greenville County was a little more than 1000 residents from 500,000 according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. The 500,000 milestone was probably reached in August or September of last year if the growth rate stayed the same.
  6. Another hotel? Should we infer that despite several new hotels built and others announced that downtown needs more hotels?
  7. Very nice looking project. Good to see some creative developments in the area.
  8. Maybe this creates some incentive for nearby development.
  9. Right, there was a problem with high school kids from the area cruising Main Street. They put up the barricades to discourage that. They also had a law that let the police ticket you for driving past the same spot three times in some set time frame.
  10. A flattering article from the Chicago Tribune - http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-greenville-south-carolina-travel-0809-20160801-story.html "A river ran through it. Falls, too. But nobody noticed. Now the Reedy River Falls, and the park that surrounds it and the suspension bridge that spans it, are at the heart of one of the great smallish-town successes in the United States. Greenville, population 62,000, is very cool. Put it this way: If you were planning a drive to Charleston or Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head or any of the usual South Carolina suspects and only saw Greenville as a place to fill your tank and empty your bladder, you might want to tweak your itinerary a bit." -------------------------- The article makes the point the great improvement since the 1980s but does go a little overboard. There is the claim that you couldn't drive down Main Street because of the crime. Really? My dad had an office downtown then and I helped him out. It wasn't that bad from my own experience.
  11. Found a quote from the article - When the Panama Canal opens up a new lane for bigger ships this month, much of the cargo they carry will be headed for this quiet corner of the Southeast, some 200 miles inland. In the past few years, the rolling hills and farmland surrounding Greenville and Spartanburg have given way to massive warehouses and industrial parks. Restaurants in Greenville, S.C.’s formerly neglected downtown cater to corporate managers and engineers from Germany and Japan. Trucks clog the two main interstates, carrying engine parts and finished goods to and from the region’s growing number of manufacturing plants. More development is on the way: over six million square feet of warehouse space is under construction in the Greenville-Spartanburg region, a scale typically seen in major cities like Philadelphia and St. Louis, according to CBRE Inc., a real-estate brokerage.
  12. "Bill on the road" obviously liked his stop in Greenville - http://www.billontheroad.com/is-greenville-the-best-city-in-america/
  13. A couple of days late on this, but, isn't the answer dependent on where it is built? There are places in Greenville where there would be no problems and others that might be tricky. Isn't the problem in Spartanburg due to the specific location?
  14. That is bigger than I was expecting. It looks like the equivalent of around 15 stories from the Falls Street elevation lower end.
  15. B&R

    The Rumor Mill

    According to the link to WYFF4 that Gville2012 posted the answer is a big yes. There are now 876 existing hotel rooms downtown and the proposed new hotels would add 1,100 more.
  16. How many stories will this development be? Three hundred rooms plus 350-400 parking spaces is about the size of the Hyatt Regency. The Hyatt's rooms require a seven story building. I think the Hyatt has a bigger footprint just for the rooms. Is this a 12 story or taller building?
  17. It is the visitors to downtown who cause traffic congestion. The residents will be walking whenever possible. That is part of the attraction to living downtown. Parking garages off of Main Street are a good way to lessen congestion. I wish they could expand the free trolley system . Maybe they could expand it by charging a small fee to ride but provide downtown residents and people who park at the city garages with an electronic "free" pass for the trolley. If you park downtown in a garage you get a one day pass to ride the trolley. If you are a resident you get a renewable monthly pass.
  18. That could work, as long as there are entrances on all sides or corners. My main concern with the initial design is that it is too oriented to the central plaza and not enough towards the surrounding streets. It struck me as more of a generic suburban office park design than a specific fit for the property. Some kind of a plaza/walkway is fine for the center of the property but I hope the final design is oriented more outwards towards the surrounding streets than inwards on itself.
  19. Certainly hope this doesn't act as a red flag to other big national real estate development companies. When they see a company as big as Trammell Crow backing out of a deal they might get cold feet themselves. The last thing we want is another Auditorium site sitting around useless for years. At least the Greenville News site is much better situated. It could always be subdivided, I suppose.
  20. B&R

    The West End

    The 10th hotel on Main Street? It is wider than I thought or they must be using Main Street as a alternate term for downtown Greenville. Is the city going in with the garage? There is a need for extra parking in that area. It is remarkable that the number of hotels could double in just a couple of years. Does anyone know the expected number of rooms to be added with each of these new ones? The expansion in hotel rooms could also reinforce the hopes of building some sort of convention center downtown.
  21. Not only is there currently only one grocery store downtown but this doesn't really qualify as "center-city." I doubt it would be be in competition with the Publix. It is certainly not in walking distance of most of the new downtown and West End apartment and condo residents. It isn't even walkable for most North Main Street folks. It would be convenient for auto traffic in and out of town on Church Street, Wade Hampton, and Stone/Laurens Roads. Which would include me. I've driven by that spot at least twice a day for years.
  22. Any timetable on this? Is Collett just in the drumming up interest stage?
  23. The first buildings called skyscrapers were from 7 to 10 stories high. However, the standards have changed. I've seen definitions that regard buildings from between 100-120 feet up to around 300-330 feet tall as high rises and buildings taller than that as skyscrapers. By that definition the Landmark building is the only skyscraper in Greenville. Maybe. It is right at the upper limit of high-rise and lower limit of skyscraper.
  24. The Charleston metro area is the second fastest growing mid-sized metro in the country since 2010. It's growth rate of 2.16% per year is bettered only by Cape Coral, FL. Greenville is the fastest growing of the 10 largest mid-sized metros at 1.08% and ranks as 14th fastest growing overall, Columbia is growing 17th fastest and is growing at .99% per year. Of other comparable metros in the region only Durham is growing as fast. That may be a tag along effect of the growth in Raleigh. It is possible that all three of the main South Carolina metro areas could pass a million in 10 or 15 years and join the list of major US metro areas. It would have hard to believe that would happen when I was a kid. It was just a 5 or 10 minute drive from our house to some relatives who were farmers. And that was real country living. My grandmother's house was 70 years old and looked like it was 150 years old. She had a hand operated water pump and cooked on an old wood fired stove. She heated the place with fireplaces and stoves. Although... I think she just didn't like new-fangled things. She had electricity and probably could have have used it more. She did have a small refrigerator and a few light bulbs in the house.
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