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  1. Cancer Survivor's Park

    DSC_4780 by scsmitty, on Flickr DSC_4774 by scsmitty, on Flickr DSC_4651 by scsmitty, on Flickr DSC_4637 by scsmitty, on Flickr
  2. Buncombe St. Mixed Use Project

    This looks pretty nicely planned out, and actually looks good after so much of the bland architecture we're used to seeing lately. I like the use of the townhomes to transition to the existing neighborhood, and preserving some existing trees to create some green space instead of paving everything over.
  3. Proposal: 708 S. Main

    I don't see too much difference in the look between this and the Link building. Both are just the same trendy design with stacks of boring boxes that are ugly and out of scale with the historic district. I had been hoping this version of the project was dead.
  4. Augusta Square

    At the previous informal review, the DRB also criticized this project for looking like every other apartment project in town. The latest revisions haven't done anything to get away from that. Pretty sad that so many architects can't show any original design creativity and seem to just copy the same style being repeated everywhere around town and around the country.
  5. Pendleton Street [between West End and West Greenville]

    Ironic that they market the property as being in the "Historic West End" at the same time as they destroy the thing that makes the area historic.
  6. Augusta Square

    The vision plan and the design guidelines that exist for the neighborhood both focus on having infill development that is in scale and character with the established neighborhood. Even when stepping down to 3 stories at the back corner, this proposed building fits neither. Yes, the current buildings on Augusta itself are run down and it could be argued that anything would look better than that. I think most anyone would be in favor of something new there, though 6 stories on this section of Augusta still seems excessive. The part I have a problem with, and I think other people in the neighborhood feel the same on, is the demolition of several existing one story homes on Woodfin, and replacing them with more of the same exact style boxy crap that is showing up everywhere. I know I would defiantly not want someone to do something similar and bulldoze homes across from where I live and put up a 3-4 story building. Once the city starts letting developers encroach into existing neighborhoods like this, where does it end?
  7. Bon Haven to be demolished?

    Bon Haven has finally come to an unfortunate and unnecessary end: http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170925/demolition-of-historic-bon-haven-mansion-begins John B. Cleveland, who built this house, along with contributing towards much of Spartanburg's development, would be disappointed to see how greedy and short-sighted his descendants have become. For some reason, the Clevelands were intent on leading people to believe the house was falling apart and not worth saving. I saw the house only a few years ago, and you can see what good condition it was in. City council also had the opportunity to place this important piece of Spartanburg history on the city's list of protected structures, but failed to show some backbone and act on it. To trash something so old and well built is sickening.
  8. Augusta Square

    I also live a few blocks away, actually in the Greater Sullivan neighborhood. My home was built in 1923, a similar age to most of the homes in the area, which certainly qualifies as historic. Just because they're not as fancy as Hampton Pickney or other historic districts doesn't mean they're not worth preserving. The house where the proposed pool would go, while in need of some restoration, could easily be the nicest house on the street. Density fronting Augusta St is fine, but with all the talk of the need for affordable housing in the city, tearing down homes in some of the last remaining affordable neighborhoods near downtown doesn't make much sense. Hopefully the actual planning commission does have a problem with something after admitting that it looks out of place due to it's size.
  9. Augusta Square

    It would be nice to redevelop the Augusta St frontage, but the back half intrudes a lot into the existing neighborhood, and is way out of scale with the existing single story houses immediately behind and across the street from it. It also takes out several homes in a historic neighborhood, but since this is being proposed by the same developer that was planning on demolishing the Wilkins Mansion, he obviously doesn't care about that.
  10. Greenville Photo of the Day

    Viewing the eclipse at Fluor Field
  11. Pendleton Street [between West End and West Greenville]

    Between tearing down for new construction, and the horrible remodeling some house flippers are doing, it's disappointing to see the historic architecture of the West End neighborhoods slowly disappearing house by house. The city needs to have some new historic districts established before there's not much left to preserve. This great house on Ware St was recently stripped of all it's original architectural detail and now looks pretty boring compared to what it once was.
  12. Poinsett Highway

    Wide enough right of way already exists. A lot of it has just been paved over and used for parking by businesses along the road. The same condition exists along Wade Hampton in the city of Greenville, where whole rows of parking are actually in the right of way. No plans for doing anything about the power lines now, which will limit any decent size trees from being planted. Unfortunately, plans for a planted median down the center of the road were axed due to complaints from a few of the business. That would have made a significant impact on breaking up the wide roadway and getting some good size trees in.
  13. Cancer Survivor's Park

    The old metal grate bridge is finally gone.
  14. Park Place on Hudson

    I agree that simply stepping down the roof line a few times would have gone a long way toward improving the overall appearance. The front facades look OK, but that is one huge monolithic roof. Stepping the building down to follow the slope of the street would have also helped reduce some of the ridiculous amount of stairs on the front porch of the downhill units.
  15. New Greenville developments

    City Parks & Fire maintenance facility