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  1. Hate to see it go, but Cakehead Bakeshop is closing at the end of the month: https://www.goupstate.com/news/20190812/cakehead-bakeshop-closing-at-end-of-month
  2. I graduated from an all-male college in the early 90's. I went there not because of its single-gender status (it had been that way since its founding in the late 1800s), but because it was one of the top-rated schools in its specialty (it is an engineering and science school - think Institute of Technology). During my senior year, the board of trustees set forth a bold plan to elevate the status of the school from a regionally-known and respected institution to one with a more national reach, albeit while still keeping it relatively small (it has grown from 1700 undergrads to around 2200 today but will likely not grow any more by plan). One of the primary factors in this plan was to move to coed - one which was voted on by both current students and alumni, and wholeheartedly endorsed by both groups. Now, it is still about 3:1 male:female, but the decision was far and away the correct one and a significant factor in elevating the status of the school as desired. I am not saying that this is what Converse needs to do to improve the overall experience or viability of the school - their aims are certainly different than my alma mater's were at the time. However, from my experience, it was absolutely the correct decision to move to coed.
  3. MPS already has a Greenville office.
  4. A bit of a beer snob here - I visited Holliday on Saturday and tried 5 of their offerings. I felt three were really solid brews, and the other two drinkable but unremarkable. The space is cool, and as stated, the photography on the walls was excellent!
  5. And here's the article detailing the proposed judicial center. Personally, I like the federal-style building. https://www.goupstate.com/news/20181218/new-judicial-center-drawing-unveiled
  6. This seems like a big deal locally - I know my better half will (finally) become part of the SHRS from MB. https://www.goupstate.com/news/20181011/spartanburg-regional-to-acquire-mary-black-health-system
  7. Todd may have had a fighting chance in the election if he didn't come off as arrogant and elitist. That, and the 11th-hour mailer that questioned Junie's fitness for office because of his age didn't help matters, whether or not Todd's campaign had anything to do with that mailer - I was on the fence and that one mailer moved my vote into Junie's column. Just my $0.02, I think Todd would have done a fine job, but perception didn't help him when compared with Junie's reputation as a man of the people at the level of the man on the street.
  8. And it's already $10 million over the initial proposed budget. When will people realize the free-spending District 7 loves your tax money and plans to keep wasting it?!? http://www.goupstate.com/news/20180730/spartanburg-high-school-construction-on-schedule
  9. As somebody who travels the stretch between Spartanburg and Blacksburg almost every day, this is a nightmare. They could not have done a worse job of lane-shifting if they tried. Good thing I know most of the alternative routes to where I need to go - this project, while wayyyy overdue, is a disaster.
  10. I don't mind Starbucks, but I very much prefer The Coffee Bar. What other reason for locating literally a block away than to try to take over the downtown market?
  11. Call me a cynic, but I doubt it's less expensive. We're talking about D7 here. They are building a $36 million elementary school which is about the same size as the one D2 just built for $23 million.
  12. And another downtown food option opens... http://www.goupstate.com/article/20160804/ARTICLES/160809862/0/FRONTPAGE
  13. I have and only received generic line-item estimates, similar to what was provided in the propaganda information sessions prior to the vote. No real detail on what it really entails, and certainly no comparisons given to other recently-built schools of similar size. Tell me how this is "transparent"? (from the D7 website): Building Construction $22,900,000 Includes: New Elementary School with Gym or Cafetorium $21,000,000 Playgrounds, Physical Education & Multipurpose fields $ 1,900,000 Add in $3.8 million for "site improvements", $4.3 million for "other costs" and a $3 million contingency, you get a $36 million boondoggle/slush fund. Gee, good thing the land was "given" to them! I don't want to get into another online debate about the plan. I was and still am opposed to it, but that ship has sailed. Apparently the information given was good enough for 63% approval.
  14. I'm still waiting for somebody to explain why the new elementary school will cost $36 million. I personally know an administrator for the new D2 elementary opening in the fall on Parris Bridge Road who felt pressured that that school was costing $23 million. What exactly does the extra $13 million get? The two are of similar size, and the D2 school will have attractive architecture and all the latest amenities. And don't even get me started on the ridiculous price tag on the high school. Seriously considering a move out of D7. And if I don't move, seriously considering sending my kids to a neighboring district.
  15. I've not been able to get a straight answer on this question (among many non-answered or non-addressed questions, but that's another tale for another time): Do the ball fields on the site plan mean the end of SHS using Duncan Park Stadium? I hope not. That would be a sore point for a lot of folks. It was never mentioned that I've been able to find.
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