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  1. The original plans for the Poinsett Highway revitalization also called for a planted median, but after pushback from a few businesses, county leaders caved and removed it. DOT doesn't care about making things look nice, they just want to move as many cars as fast as possible. A median would actually make sense for improving safety, as it could eliminate a lot of left turns across 3 lanes of traffic, restricting them to signalized intersections. Improvements to Wade Hampton sound great, and are much needed, but it will require city leaders pushing to make something nice happen.
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    Pendleton Street [between West End and West Greenville]

    That's always a sign of good quality construction, right? These buildings actually have some decent looking design details that would stand out a lot better if almost everything wasn't stark white.
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    Augusta Road

    Don't think I claimed to be an expert on the house or said to have completed a full inspection on it, so not sure where you got that impression. I simply stated that based on looking at images of the house from inside and out, I see evidence of a lived-in, well built and well maintained home that shows no signs of severe structural issues or falling into disrepair as you state. If you have knowledge of the supposed defects or disrepair you speak of that would justify demolition, please share and enlighten us. I have been involved in construction projects and renovations of historic properties for some time, and have seen many buildings that can legitimately be described and neglected and deteriorated, with actual major structural problems be restored, often for much less than the exorbitant cost initially estimated by architects and contractors.
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    Augusta Road

    Watching the video, it's pretty safe to make the statement that this house is not anywhere close to being run down, without being "arrogant". And built in 1938 certainly qualifies as being historic by historical preservation standards (50 years old is the usual minimum qualification). I'm not saying they don't have the right to demolish the house, but I certainly don't think it's the best use, or of any benefit to the community as a whole. I know that this is the finest piece of architectural history in Greenville, but it is yet another historic part of the city that is being too quickly discarded.
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    Augusta Road

    That house didn't show any signs of neglect or being in need of major repair. Sure, things like HVAC, kitchen, baths, etc. might need of updating, but no way that's more expensive than tearing it down and starting over. Why spend 1.5 million on a house, only to tear it down? If they didn't want to renovate it, they should have figured that out beforehand and left the house alone for someone that would, instead of destroying yet another piece of Greenville history.
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    Augusta Road

    When you have too much money and no common sense: Here's a previous view inside this historic home that's currently being destroyed:
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    Greenville Photo of the Day

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    Cancer Survivor's Park

    A canopy and lighting on the metal structure still have yet to be installed, along with some other finishing touches throughout the park.
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    Cancer Survivor's Park

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    Greenville Photo of the Day

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    Cancer Survivor's Park

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    Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    Also facade changes including elimination of windows and changing some materials to stucco, leaving more flat, empty walls compared to the old design. The south facade looked better before as viewed coming up Main St from the river. Old design: Proposed design:
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    Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    There isn't anything that is false about designing a building with quality materials, good proportions and detailing. Buildings have been using elements of classical Greek architecture for thousands of years. Does this make them fake? A building can use time tested examples of good proportion and design, and take elements of the past and reinterpret them to create something modern and of it's time without recreating an exact replica of the past.
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    Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Take the dated looking style of the old Greenville News building, which was once considered modern and trendy, and trade it for the new trendy and soon to be dated style of everything being built today. In another 20 years, people will be looking at it and wanting to get rid of that outdated eyesore.
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    Field Street Row

    Looks nice overall. I'd love to see more of this row house type of development. Wonder if anyone will actually pay that to live right next to the train tracks though. While I rarely see a train during the day, I frequently hear it coming through late at night from where I live less than a half mile from this track.