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  1. Magnolia street is coming along.
  2. I understand doing it now because the dining rooms are not opened, but closing off the square permently IDK shades of the Main Street Mall come to mind..
  3. Wall street was clsoed off to be a festival street. the events I have attended that encompass Wall st Spring St and the Grassy area next to the HJ parking lot seen=m to work well. The problem I have with chairs and table in the Square would be clean up. I can see it creating a mess very fast.
  4. Skyliner, the ferris wheel was brought my a private individual and Slide the City was brought by Hub-Bub an arts organization.
  5. They are a public art display called Lighten Up Spartanburg.
  6. They are demolishing the old Eckards/Rite Aid at Hillcrest. Anyone know what is planned for that site?
  7. https://www.goupstate.com/news/20190509/silver-hill-neighborhood-cambria-hotel-star-mill-designs-get-final-approval
  8. If this is the one at East Main and Dean St , there was an old gas station that sat on that site back in the 20's. The Rush gas station. there is a picture in Phillip Racine's book Seeing Spartanburg.
  9. This came In an email from the Change .org petiotion to save Cleveland Hall. PETITION UPDATE Progress is happening thanks to your support FEB 8, 2019 — The developer reached out to us to let us know he is in the process of negotiating the sale of the house. The purchaser is planning to restore the house and likely live there. The developer will release the details of the transaction within the next few weeks and we will share them with you. This is the best possible outcome for which we are truly grateful to the developer. Thanks again for your support
  10. My wish for 2019 is simple. Please straighten out the Main and Broad intersection.
  11. Yes it is the old Social Security Bldg
  12. this was in the PAL newsletter Three new segments are progressing through the process toward implementation. Engineering for the extension of the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail from Henry Street to Barnet Park has been approved by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The project should go out to bid in the next month or two, with construction starting this summer. Engineering for the continued extension of trail along the Lawsons Fork to East Main Street should be complete very soon. Next steps include getting proposals from contractors and working out construction details. The extension of the Wadsworth Trail from its current terminus on Copper Line Road across the property of Westview Elementary to Oak Grove Road has been approved and funded. Construction should begin within the month. We are very excited to see dirt moving on all three of these projects, all of which make great connections to existing trails and important destinations. Stay tuned for more!
  13. http://www.goupstate.com/news/20030820/former-city-manger-segregation-led-to-early-departure Former Spartanburg city manager Bonnie Kraft told a Wyoming newspaper that Spartanburg’s “natural segregation” and “old-family control” hastened her departure after only eight months on the job. Kraft, who resigned from her Spartanburg position in April, will begin work Sept. 15 as the city manager for Laramie, Wyo. “In Spartanburg, I discovered that you have white neighborhoods and black neighborhoods, and white churches and black churches,” Kraft told a reporter with the Laramie Boomerang in a story published Monday. She added that separation of the races in these settings made her “uncomfortable.” “I had a friend who told me I was just naïve, and this is the South. I said, ‘I know, but it’s not 1960,’ ” Kraft told the paper. Linda Dogan, a Spartanburg city council member and an African American, said the racial divide in Spartanburg is not as bad as the former city manager portrayed it. “We’re more diverse than that,” said Dogan, who had several public quarrels with Kraft before she resigned. “We don’t live in a segregated community. There are some communities that have been one way or another for a long time. Sure, we have some work to do.” Dogan said Kraft was “out of her element” in Spartanburg because she’d never worked with many African Americans. ″(Kraft) doesn’t know how to deal with black people that are not subservient to her,” Dogan said. “I understand there aren’t many black people where she’s going, and none on City Council. She’ll probably fit right in.” Before she came to Spartanburg, Kraft had been city manager of Gresham, Ore., which has fewer than 2,000 black residents, according to 2000 census figures. Laramie’s population is 7 percent nonwhite, according to 2000 census reports. Kraft’s statement to the Laramie paper that Spartanburg is run by a few families also is at odds with the views of council members. Councilwoman Lib Fleming said people who provide a large economic base for a community do have their voices heard, but so do other people, neighborhood groups and individuals. Fleming pointed to Trey Davis, a 16-year-old Spartanburg High School student who several years ago rallied City Council to save the Magnolia Street Train Depot. “I would say that’s not any different any place,” Fleming said. “Look at Bill Gates in Seattle. I can’t think of a time in my 10 years on the council that we haven’t made an effort to get community consensus and move forward. I do not think just a few families run Spartanburg.” Kraft, a native of Buffalo, Wyo., could not be reached for comment Monday or Tuesday. Laramie Boomerang stories that feature Kraft’s comments about Spartanburg have traveled by e-mail to the computers of many city residents. Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet said late Tuesday he didn’t feel like exerting “much effort to comment on a story that appeared in a newspaper 2,000 miles away.” “Bonnie came into an environment, whether from Wyoming or Oregon, and it didn’t click,” Barnet said. “She didn’t feel connected. It doesn’t seem right for her to comment on the socio-economic climate of Spartanburg. This woman didn’t make a tremendous effort to be connected. If Laramie wants Bonnie to be their city manager, I’m happy for her.”
  14. We ate at The Silo for the first time last night, Highly reccomend it.
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