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  1. The block where Addy's, Ink & Ivy are (all the way around the block, particularly the street parallel to Main and then back on North Street to Main) could be redeveloped to add a lot more retail and other space, and it could be charming. The street parallel to Main (Brown St.?) is small enough and has a few buildings along it that could be fixed up, and if more new construction was added to fill in the parking lots and ratty buildings in that block, it could be really quaint and extend downtown's high-traffic areas. Who's up for taking that lead on redeveloping that block?
  2. GSP has got to get it together for business travelers and other frequent travelers if it really wants to capture the business that is lost to Charlotte and Atlanta. GSP is made for Lula Mae and Billy Bob from Pelzer who are flying to Orlando for their first flight in five years. It is not made for people who fly multiple times a month on business. Examples: * The ticket agents often seem to be outsourced agents who can't or won't handle any kind of ticketing issue with any kind of complexity. * There is no consistent security line for frequent travelers; there is finally a TSA Pre-Check line back, but it's open only sometimes, and there is no first class/elite ID check line before the regular security line. * Once you get through security, there are no kiosks (for upgrades, re-printing boarding passes, etc.). * At the gate, there are no monitors showing detailed flight info, standby lists, upgrade lists, etc. * The rental car agencies pay no attention at all to elite status and don't have any kind of "express" services for frequent renters, even though they have signs all over the place for "express" lines/service for elite members (which are disregarded). Come on, GSP!
  3. Agreed. I'd think that (1) national chain retailers would want to locate in new buildings that fit their space needs better than 1920s or so buildings would and (2) people would want to look at building new buildings with retail in them, given the strong demand for retail downtown, rather than just apartment buildings. I wouldn't want to drive anyone out of business, but I'd like to have more national chains downtown, since those stores usually attract higher volumes of business. Even King Street in Charleston, with lots of high-end national chains, still has plenty of locally-owned stores on it, so there's always room for both, although I'd expect national chains to snag the better locations.
  4. Price gouging? We finally have a downtown that attracts a lot of people, which in turn attracts stores and restaurants that do a lot of business and locate in prime areas and are willing to pay to do so. (E.g., Brooks Brothers and Anthropologie; how many other downtowns in Greenville-sized cities have those types of stores in them?) Thank goodness, in my view. If people want a lower-priced downtown, then let's return to, say, 1989. Rents were low then. They were low because the few stores that were downtown were, by and large, ratty, and there was very little if anything to draw paying customers downtown then.
  5. I haven't been to those other airports, but by comparison to large airports (around NY, etc.) and even CLT, GSP is a dream airport: beautiful, not crowded and easy to use. I like it.
  6. Here's what downtown needs, perhaps on the County Square site or closer to Main, in an area currently with parking lots and divey buildings: It looks like a brand-new downtown, built to look old, as an extension its city's existing downtown, and with store spaces that would fit additional national retailers. Just like Riverplace expanded downtown's core, so could this.
  7. Thanks! I'd say that GSP is the nicest airport in the US, in terms of the airport design/appearance. Granite in the washrooms, not crowded at all, light and airy, sparking clean and new. Night and day compared to any NYC-area airport.
  8. Thanks. I understand that the new security area is open; the TSA website, in its efficiency, doesn't show GSP as having TSA Pre-Check but does anyone know if there is actually a TSA Pre-Check line again at GSP?
  9. There were only a few Publix stores then, though, and not until the mid/late 1990s: McAlister Square and maybe a handful of others. HT spent a lot of effort expanding in northern Virginia and in SC and towards Atlanta during the '90s and early 2000s, and it had some really nice stores in Atlanta and invested a lot in those stores; I shopped at one of them then. HT had some nice stores in Greenville, too, such as the one at I-385 and Roper Mountain Road. HT pulled out; it's true that Bi-Lo bought the stores in SC and Kroger bought the stores in GA, but HT pulled out of basically everything in the I-85 corridor south of the NC state line, and it also pulled out of Columbia. It gave up. Separately, HT and Lowe's recently did a store swap. HT pulled out of lower-income areas and traded those stores to Lowe's.
  10. Your insult fails as a logical argument because HT did extensive market research when it came to Greenville (and elsewhere in SC and GA) the first time. It pulled out of Georgia and most of South Carolina, in some cases pretty soon after opening new stores there.
  11. More convenient? The Augusta Road HT is about the same distance from a typical Alta Vista house as the downtown Publix. The Stone Avenue HT has never been a prime retail location, even when Sears was there.
  12. Am I the only one thinking that HT returning to Greenville may be a misfire? When Harris Teeter was in Greenville before (1990s), the only other grocery stores around were Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie and maybe an Ingles or two, plus one Fresh Market. HT was the only upscale grocery store chain in town. The only other upscale grocery store around was one Fresh Market on East North Street. Even with that, HT pulled out of the market. Now, upscale Publix has already taken root, and I love that store. There are now two Fresh Markets and a Whole Foods, so the higher-end segment is already occupied. HT will, I'd guess, split the market with Publix, but Publix has stores all over town and has a loyal following. I'm staying put with the downtown Publix, as it's a great store with such friendly employees. What am I missing?
  13. Thanks. Not only do I find it astounding that I-85 was allowed to deteriorate so much in the first place, but I find management of effects on drivers very poor. The SCDOT webpage should have a list of times and places of upcoming lane closures, but unless I'm missing something, it does not. I've started using, which helps, though. Road signs should give detailed information about lane closures and alternate routes, but they do not. I was stuck along I-85 in Spartanburg for an hour due to lane closures, despite business 85 being an easy-to-use, parallel route, because the road signs just said, "Heavy Traffic Ahead" and "Prepare to Stop". I appreciate the head's up, but the signs should have said, "Avoid I-85; Hourlong Construction Delays; Use Business 85 (Take Exit XX)". Further, since I read that stopped traffic due to merging lanes can be eliminated (and traffic will continue at good rates of speed) if even a few people keep spaces in front of their cars to allow others to merge in front of them. Why not put up signs saying the following near where lanes merge on I-85: "KEEP 2 CAR SPACES CLEAR IN FRONT OF YOU SO OTHERS CAN MERGE; OTHERWISE $200 FINE.", or have a few police cars drive back and forth on I-85, spaced at intervals and keeping large spaces in front of them so that lanes can merge in front of them? (See Finally, the DOT should have an alternate method of transportation; additional train service is one way that other metropolitan areas handle long-term highway construction. Connecticut started the Shore Line East trains during a highway construction project, for example. In short: a critical economic lifeline for the Upstate cannot and should not just be effectively shut down at unannounced times; people need to be given information and alternatives to mitigate the shutdowns, and better traffic enforcement can help.
  14. Thanks- will do. Separately, how long will these unannounced lane closures be going on along I-85? I go between Greenville and Charlotte regularly and will not drive on I-85 as long as they are.
  15. Thanks to unannounced lane closings on I-85 last weekend, a trip from Greenville to Charlotte last weekend took 3 hours. The SCDOT should consider doing a temporary extension of some of the Raleigh-Charlotte trains, all the way to Greenville or even Atlanta, while this construction is going on.