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We will start our tour in Morgan Square, the heart of Spartanburg, South Carolina. They are in the process of redesigning it so its a huge mess. Notice that despite this mess there are cars parked everywhere. I didn't get many shots of people, but they were always coming and going, despite the lack of crowds :)

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Morgan Square looking east

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Closer

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A mess.

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Wild Wing Caf

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The fountain in the elipse next to ESA.

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Cash Advance America HQ

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Dunbar St.

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Montgomery Tower.

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This is a shot of a buliding that they are rennovating, and to the left you can see the site of a

former bank and cash advance facility. This will be the a future locaiton of Hub City Coffee, a

drive trough & walk-in coffee place. :)

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QS/1 Headquaters

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Skyline

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Closer

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Slightly different angle

I hope you enjoyed you virtual visit to Spartanburg! :)

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here's a closer shot

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here's a shot of the QS-1 HQ

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a building being renovated across the street from the QS-1 building

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i think this is the palmetto bank parking garage

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another shot of the garage

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this is the back of the ESA HQ

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and here's a view of the back of the palmetto bank building

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a view of the sidewalk behind the ESA HQ and the palmetto bank

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this is the south face of the ESA building, it faces Morgan Square

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here's the front of the ESA building that faces Church St.

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this is the cash advance america HQ

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here's some buildings on the south side of morgan square, you can see the Sandwich Factory on the left

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this is the statue of daniel morgan in morgan square, this was taken a few weeks before they began construction on the square

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this is a shot from morgan square looking east down main, you can see the denny's tower in the background.

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Greate photo's emo!

The garage you show is the Magnolia St. Parking Garage. It is operated by the City. It is probaly shared by ESA and Palmetto Bank Employees.

Thanks for adding your photos :)

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here's a few more,

this is inside the old theatre in the bottom of the montgomery bulding

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here's a few shots taken inside the Hangar(First Baptist's student center)

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this is out at the old glendale mill, it burned not too long ago but it's still a neat place to walk around

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Your pictures are very nice. I admire the way your community was able to do more with those buildings than many cities do with far more. The skyline was actually nice. Thanks for the tour... I feel like I've been there.

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I have been through Spartanburg and the other northern South Carolina Metros a lot on my way to Charlotte, the Outer Banks, Asheville, etc. Have aways wanted to stop there for a couple of hours (or days) to look around Spartanburg and it's neighboring cities. The photos make me feel like I've done that. Thanks!

Nice Pics!

P.S. How did Spartanburg get its name?

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een through Spartanburg and the other northern South Carolina Metros a lot on my way to Charlotte, the outer Banks, Asheville, etc. Have aways wanted to stop there for a couple of hours (or days) to look around Spartanburg and it's neighboring cities. The photos make me feel like I've done that. Thanks!

Nice Pics!

P.S. How did Spartanburg get its name?

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Thanks. You should stop by our city some time. Downtown is only 5-10 mins from I-85. :)

Spartanburg is named for the Spartan Regiment, led by Gen. Daniel Morgan. The Spartans defeated the British at the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolution.

Also, it is good the emo posted those photos. You can kind of get a sense as to what it was like before the rennovations started :)

I should also mention that this is only about half of downtown. There are alot of things I left out due to time restrictions. One of these days I will try to get the other half. :)

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Awesome photos, Spartan and emo! Very nice! That QS-1 building is very sharp. The rest of downtown looks very different from what it did the last time I was there. I hear the Beacon calling my name for a weekend drive :-)

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Thanks. If you have not been downtown in the past 3 years or so, you wouldn't recognize it. I was talking with a friend about that yesterday. The whole city has changed too. Alot of redevelopment and positive things are going on here, despite the sprawl for which we are so well known.

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Thanks for sharing those pics! I swear...I live in downtown and see it everyday and still cannot get over the changes. I love it. A couple of things...

1. I think the Cleveland Law Range is so incredibly beautiful and just wanted to say that. :)

2. Just FYI...the Spartan Motel. I've been interested in this building and went down to the Spartanburg Historical Society to learn more. It was built in 1909 by the Oakman family (who still owns it). It was originally called the Oregon Hotel. It was hotel and a pharmacy--Clarence Oakman was a pharmacist. I've heard it also had an ice cream parlor. Businessmen would come from the train station to stay there. It is the last commercial hotel from that period still standing in Spartanburg. Rumor has it that the Oakman family plans to put apartments in there. I know it needs all new windows--which is a lot of $$. For years, Oakman Glass was there before they moved the operation to Union Street. I would love to go inside this building. I hope it is protected. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, but from what I'm told, if it is in private hands they can do whatever they want with it.

thanks again!

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GREAT pics you guys! The tour makes it easy to see how Spartanburg has transformed from a town into a small city. As soon as I get a digital camera, I'm going to make sure I give you guys photo tours of Rock Hill and Orangeburg. ;)

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As soon as I get a digital camera, I'm going to make sure I give you guys photo tours of Rock Hill and Orangeburg. ;)

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I somehow keep expecting a small skyline to emerge on the horizon near Lake Wylie any day now, too :-)

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Nice pics.. very charming, and clean. Plus I'm a fan of horizontally-mounted traffic signals on mast-arms. They look very sleek to me. :) Any plans for a new city hall anytime soon? It would be nice to see something along the lines of the QS/1 or ESA buildings to match the surrounding buildings.

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I'm a fan of horizontally-mounted traffic signals on mast-arms. They look very sleek to me. :)

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You and me both, my friend, you and me both.

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Nice pics.. very charming, and clean. Plus I'm a fan of horizontally-mounted traffic signals on mast-arms. They look very sleek to me. :) Any plans for a new city hall anytime soon? It would be nice to see something along the lines of the QS/1 or ESA buildings to match the surrounding buildings.

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I love the arms. They are being put in everywhere in the city. Its a lsow process, but a worthy cause :)

The City acknowledges that there is a need for a new City Hall. But there aren't any active plans going on.

Here is a link to the article that describes some of the interesting proposas made by some Clemson students: New City Hall for Spartanburg?

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GREAT pics you guys! The tour makes it easy to see how Spartanburg has transformed from a town into a small city. As soon as I get a digital camera, I'm going to make sure I give you guys photo tours of Rock Hill and Orangeburg. ;)

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Please do, krazeeboi! :thumbsup:

Great pic of Palmetto Fountain. :) Wish I could see the rest. :(

edit - Got 'em now! Great to see the progress since I was last there. Wild Wing looks neat, although I wish there were less "cloned" restaurants and shops between the Carolina cities. Wild Wing has been popping up all over along with several other stores. I like to see our downtowns provide totally unique places to eat and shop, but I guess in some ways maybe we needed these to jump-start the pedestrian activity there. :unsure:

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I love the arms. They are being put in everywhere in the city. Its a lsow process, but a worthy cause :)

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I agree wholeheartedly, and you see an immediate result in the appearance of the street! Also I find that when the signal is mounted sideways, all the lamps are within the same line of sight, making them easier to see from a distance, especially when behind a taller vehicle.

In my neck of the woods it's not just aesthetics but also wind resistance. A mast-arm can stand up to a hurricane a whole lot better than a span-wire. :)

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Looks like I'm in good company! Time to pull out those traffic lights and streetlamp pictures for a new thread. B)

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here's the new marriott. sorry you can't really see the entrance, i'll try to get a better one. you can also see the denny's tower and the montgomery building on the far right

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here's some more photos of spartanburg.

this is the spartanburg memorial auditorium

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here's the new Krispy Kreme building across the street from the old one

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Magnolia St. Station

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Dunbar St.

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Dunbar St. parking garage

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this is the dunbar garage on the right and cash advance on the left. You can see the montgomery building in the background.

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commerce st. looking south

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commerce st. looking west

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main st. looking east

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the Hangar in between commerce and dunbar st.

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SPARTA transit center

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and here's a couple for all of you out-of-towners

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