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  1. Good point. It could still be converted into a park, though. That's basically all you can do with otherwise unusable land.
  2. Yeah, Butterfly Creek runs underneath Wakefield Buick. What'd like to see is a few of those vacant parcels on Walker turned into a public park. Then dam up Butterfly Creek somewhere near Henry St and create a good sized pond between Henry and West Main and make a nice park out of an area that is unbuildable for development.
  3. I hope Piggly Wiggly can make it work. I'm not convinced of the market viability of a downtown grocer just yet. Get a few thousand more apartments downtown, then definitely.
  4. Meanwhile, Delaney's, Initial Q, and WildWing get free expanded seating capacity on publicly owned land.
  5. Honestly the biggest issue I see in Spartanburg County is a lack of interest in regulations that will expand the street network over time, and a lack of interest in public funding of practical improvements. All of the issues most people complain about (new traffic light at X intersection, traffic congestion on X street) are symptoms of a much larger issue - bad planning. Spartanburg County, and SC in general, are growing in the Atlanta/Charlotte model of widening roads to solve congestion. To be fair, some roads do need to be widened as they are converted form rural country roads to funct
  6. In looking at the results, my only issue is that 30% of the people who took it claim to have difficulty finding parking when there are literally hundreds of empty spaces all over the place.
  7. I thought we had another thread about transportation stuff... but due to a SC Supreme Court ruling (against Greenville County), Spartanburg County will repeal its $25 road fee and replaced it with a debt service levy that would add $12/ year to tax bills. The roads have to be paid for, so I guess its kudos to the County for acknowledging the need and funding it. https://www.goupstate.com/story/news/local/2021/07/19/spartanburg-county-council-votes-repeal-unpopular-road-fee/8021595002/
  8. I love this map. It explains a lot about Spartanburg's streets... for example - Kennedy St feels very different after you cross Union St because its wider, but the reason it's wider is because it used to end at Union St. Fun stuff!
  9. Thats awesome. COL must be working in our favor!
  10. I don't know the date, specifically.
  11. True, but a lot of what drives the timeline in public projects like this is federally mandated procedures that were put in place because we, as a society, forcibly removed African Americans from their homes to build highways. You could start more projects simultaneously, but 16 years may or may not be substantially reduced.
  12. The numbers released this year will be from the 2020 Census. The local population numbers are slated to be released in September if memory serves.
  13. Why the actual hell do we need another parking deck at this point? Are we at capacity with the other ones? I've literally never had to look for a place to park downtown.
  14. Not to be difficult, but is $10 billion not enough of an investment for you? That slide comes from a presentation about the CLT Moves / Transformational Mobility Network, which is literally about investing more money in the CLT transportation system than has ever been discussed before, and 90% of it would be for transit. I don't think more money changes how long it takes to build something.
  15. No, but several investors have looked at it over the years at one point Steve Smith was going to open a high end restaurant there. Most recent was a bottleshop type of place that was proposed right before the pandemic.
  16. OH! In other news, I was walking by the old Fire Station on 5th St last week, and saw a Lamborghini SUV parked out front. I hope this is a sign that life could happen in that building in the foreseeable future.
  17. Yes, there will be transfers. CATS will realign its bus routes to make sure people use the train, and I think the 11th St + 9th St Stations are going to have to be integrated somehow to make them function as a single transfer point. I think this is true in the near term, but in the long run, the City will support TOD around the station areas (as outlined in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan). It's just a question of when the market gets to those areas. With two light rail lines and 40+ stations, its not going to all happen at once. The way growth happens in this city, its not u
  18. The City's design standards are also a lot better than they used to be, and decorative screening treatments are required for things like this. Give them credit for a vegetation wall, but not for going slightly above the minimum requirement. It's disappointing that so much $ is being invested in parking, but I suppose its a good sign for the future viability of uptown. That block of Church doesn't have anything on it, nor does it have the potential. IMO, since they will have to improve the sidewalk on that side, its a win for the city.
  19. That Hall St one is hideous, but infill is infill, I suppose!
  20. done. I'm looking forward to a game. Haven't been to DPS in a LONG time!
  21. West Main road diet or MSQ renovation?
  22. It might have been at one point, but I read they are being delayed due to the pandemic and previous administration meddling.
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