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  1. There aren't any tributaries in this area, so Riverplace doesn't have any water that Unity Park won't. Doesn't seem to be any reason they can't mimic what's been done in Riverplace, where it gets >80 feet wide (per the Google Earth ruler). Still might not be enough to be focal, though. And since you speak of aqueducts, a bit of trivia. I just finished reading "The River of the Carolinas: The Santee" by Henry Savage (1957), and to my surprise discovered that the original Santee canal, which opened ~1801, included overpasses over creeks between the Santee and the Cooper Rivers. Had no idea they were able to do that kind of thing back then, even if on a small scale. It was a bit of a boondoggle, though. Greenville only gets one small mention in the book. The Saluda in general is the least covered headwater, and the Reedy isn't mentioned at all; but Piedmont and especially Pelzer get big mentions. Greenville actually gets more mention (but not that much) in the sister volume, "The Savannah" by Thomas Stokes (1951).
  2. OK, we now know that the Daniel Building is not "Brutalist," but "New Formalist." A least there's that.....then as soon as I wrote that, I read the next sentence....simultaneously brutalist. Oh well. And I've long suspected that the 305' v. 325' difference is 1) a measure of the office building itself and 2) a measure from the lowest point of the entire structure, garage included. Google Earth indicates a 25' difference in elevation between the SE streetcorner (highest) and the NW streetcorner (lowest). That's my guess.
  3. This is a good thing--for the banks. And that's really all that matters in these specific cases. They're beholden to their own preferences and their shareholders, not to your or my vision of what proper development ought to look like.
  4. The bones were good, But the original lime green paint was pretty awful.
  5. So Greenville actually HAS had a dome.
  6. I think you're setting the bar way too high. If it must be a "masterpiece" to retain it, then there's nothing in Greenville worth keeping more than a few decades of "useful life", except maybe Broad Margin. But probably not even that. I'm grateful we've kept what we've still got, and also that the old mills are being repurposed. I also regret the loss of every building listed here. And what about this building? A little New Orleans flavor on Main St.? I wonder what it housed, and when and why it came down.
  7. I'm going to throw in Greenville General Hospital. I was born there, and I worked there for a while. Since it was torn down, I've noticed in several other cities hospital buildings of the same basic design and era that are still operating (no pun intended). It had a lot of character. The original part of Memorial had character, too (less so), but that's been covered up by a series of bland boxes. But as for my top three, I'd have to say: 1) Old Record Bldg 2) Old City Hall 3) Woodside Building. If the Poinsett was resurrected from oblivion, and if the Old Chamber Bldg chugs along with its small footprint, there's no reason to think that the Woodside wouldn't have found its niche. Skyliner's right, too. With its footprint, it would have made for good residential, at least partially. Other than the obvious others already mentioned, I'd also add the Carolina Theater, which sat next to or very close to the Ottaray. The Carolina was mowed down to create Beattie Pl, that abominable road that orphaned the now much-lamented "Gateway Site."
  8. Pretty sure it was a backdrop for scenes in Leatherheads.
  9. I lived in Orlando; I only really knew Stetson. Here's hoping Bellini's survives.
  10. And July, and September, and.... We lived in FL for eight years. First year we were there, we thought we'd have a rustic Thanksgiving in a cabin at Blue Spring, outside of Deland. Bonfires, roasted marshmallows, and all that. The low temperature that week was low 70's. The highs were near 90. All we wanted to do was go jump in the water. But for the manatees...and probably the law. I'll say this for FL: natives do not doubt that it's paradise on earth. "Your blood will thin out," they'd say. Mine never did. Was really glad to get back to Carolina.
  11. Against contraception. You can be a good Catholic and "control birth" all you want, as long as you're not interfering with the act itself and its natural outcome. But there are likely not a few bishops who don't have a problem with contraception.
  12. So I suppose we can expect some significant landscaping--more like cliffscaping--between the hotel and the river once the exterior work is done.
  13. Slightly off-topic: Do we have a handy inventory of mill redevelopments? And are all the old mills, minus Poe (RIP), vacant, under development, or repurposed? I'm thinking one of them is still used for some non-textily purpose(?)
  14. Yes---pretty sure it's now Brooklyn Pizza. Red Barn was there from the mid-to-late 70's until, I would say, at least the mid-80's. Maybe longer, but I moved away and by the time I moved back, it was gone. It was very popular throughout my HS days.
  15. The Better'n'sex post spurred me to search for a Greenville restaurant whose name I had forgotten, and up popped this Journal article from 3 years ago. Talk about nostalgia! https://greenvillejournal.com/eat-drink/remembering-one-time-stars-greenville-culinary-scene/ I can't believe they'd mention the Red Baron without actually including it in the list. Off the top of my head, I would also include the Plaza Pharmacy, which had a great diner; and the Red Barn, whose bldg still exists on E. North, a little east of Pleasantburg/291, just before it turns all residential. Red Barn was a sub-sandwich place (similar to Sub Station II, but much better) that also made a really good pizza.
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