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  1. No, I never said that “anyone riding a motorcycle has no business being downtown.” My complaint was about people who violated noise limits due to loud vehicles. Anyone who rides a motorcycle and exceeds noise limits needs to change (as does anyone engaging in other misbehavior). Downtown is generally higher-priced stores. A Southern Tide shopper would likely be a better match for a Vineyard Vines or other stores that are downtown now, not an athletic shoe store. An athletic shoe store would do better at Haywood. I hope that the landlord is giving the store a fair deal so that the risk doesn’t fall only on the store owners. And to prove my point that I want all businesses to succeed, I will buy a pair of shoes or other clothing there.
  2. I certainly want every business to succeed, but I’m not sure if that type of store is a match for downtown’s customer base. The Champs Sports on North Main didn’t last, for example.
  3. The parking lot is owned by Simon Properties or the mall anchors. Why would Greenville taxpayers need to be responsible for costs of cleaning up litter on privately-owned property? Why shouldn’t Simon or the anchors be responsible? If there is litter in my yard, I clean it up; I don’t expect other taxpayers to.
  4. Retail-wise, it lacks a destination anchor tenant. The retail spaces are largely invisible. If I’m shopping on North Main or in the West End, I’m not going to go out of my way for one store (Southern Tide) that offers the same thing (higher-end casual clothes) that lots of other downtown stores offer, particularly when it’s invisible.
  5. Who owns the Sears building and why hasn’t it been redeveloped? I was thinking that Von Maur could be a prospect for it, but since Dillard’s is now pretty upscale, I don’t see a need for two similar stores in one mall.
  6. Including the vacant Sears results in a much higher vacancy rate. The large number of “filler” stores also indicates a lack of demand for retail space there.
  7. I went to Haywood for the first time in ages yesterday. Dillard’s is a really nice store, and it’s gotten much more upscale than it used to be. The store is in really good shape considering that it is 27 years old, too. The mall’s exterior and parking lot (with potholes) really need some work.
  8. So the airport is awful, awful, awful with even the slightest thing that’s not perfect, and downtown is bad news, but Haywood is doing great? 1. Empty anchor 2. Scattered vacancies 3. Numerous low-budget “filler” stores, occupying space that the mall can’t find national chains to fill (unlike 15-30 years ago) 4. Degraded exterior appearance Downtown stores have higher price points on average than Haywood has; downtown has lots of new construction going on; and hotel room rates are significantly higher downtown than around Haywood. To me, those points all show that downtown is a place in demand, while Haywood is less so.
  9. Agreed. By comparison to Haywood Mall in particular, downtown is doing very well (with both new stores coming in and new construction).
  10. No. Greenville is a place where developers can make a lot of money. Asking that they do so in a way that respects the beauty and quality of life of the area is a reasonable request. A beautiful building can be built just as easily as an ugly building.
  11. The through-the-wall air conditioners show that this is cheap construction. Downtown Greenville doesn’t need cheap construction. Google the “Watt Hotel Rahway”: another new building that is similarly cheap and ugly. Cheap, ugly high-rise apartment buildings are a plague in the Northeast and it’s disgraceful that one has been allowed into our beautiful downtown. It wouldn’t have been hard to build a beautiful building instead.
  12. Thanks- either I didn’t pay close attention to the news article I saw or it wasn’t clear. Probably the former.
  13. I read that the Greenville sanitation department is ending recycling pickups from homes, as handling recycling costs more than handling garbage. This is a joke, right: a city in the US in 2023 wouldn’t actually do that, right?
  14. True. I certainly sympathize with the concerns of residents being pushed out because of gentrification. But I was also troubled by the race-based animosity of some, criticizing the “white men” who voted in favor of the project.
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