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Old 10-07-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Today, the American Planning Association released its rankings for the Top Ten Great Streets in America, and of course, Greenville took one of those spots. Obviously those who have been to Main Street, know that this prize was not only deserved, but earned. After all, Greenville's Main Street has truly been transformed over the past three decades.

http://www.planning.org/ - Interestingly enough, they even use a picture of River Place on their homepage.

The American Planning Association defines a "great street" by the following criteria:
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  • Provides orientation to its users, and connects well to the larger pattern of ways.
  • Balances the competing needs of the street — driving, transit, walking, cycling, servicing, parking, drop-offs, etc.
  • Fits the topography and capitalizes on natural features.
  • Is lined with a variety of interesting activities and uses that create a varied streetscape.
  • Has urban design or architectural features that are exemplary in design.
  • Relates well to its bordering uses — allows for continuous activity, doesn't displace pedestrians to provide access to bordering uses.
  • Encourages human contact and social activities.
  • Employs hardscape and/or landscape to great effect.
  • Promotes safety of pedestrians and vehicles and promotes use over the 24-hour day.
  • Promotes sustainability through minimizing runoff, reusing water, ensuring groundwater quality, minimizing heat islands, and responding to climatic demands.
  • Is well maintained, and capable of being maintained without excessive costs.
  • Has a memorable character.

 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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It's too bad the downtown core is in a city that is hideous. Yes part of the downtown core is nice but unfortunately its beauty is tarnished by the people who walk the streets.
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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Cool! I see Front St. in Traverse City made the list too. When I describe dt to people back in TC I say it's like Front St. on steroids! <VBG>
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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It's too bad the downtown core is in a city that is hideous. Yes part of the downtown core is nice but unfortunately its beauty is tarnished by the people who walk the streets.
Huh?
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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It's too bad the downtown core is in a city that is hideous. Yes part of the downtown core is nice but unfortunately its beauty is tarnished by the people who walk the streets.
Huh? You lost me.
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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Amazing. Hopefully the 'rev' part does not stand for reverend.
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:19 PM
 
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Amazing. Hopefully the 'rev' part does not stand for reverend.
It does. Annointed and chosen as God's special child.
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Whup-dee-do, one "normal" street in a city with a small-town attitude, stuck in the past, who thinks they're the next Charlotte or Atlanta.

Go south a short distance to Family Court and you'll see what the average Greenville resident looks like -- fat and stupid.
Yeah, I'm sure the area surrounding Family Court in Dallas is just superb.

I love the small town attitude, and I don't know ANYONE who lives in Greenville, and hopes or thinks we'll be the next Charlotte or Atlanta.
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Oh you must be from here. I notice that frequently "locals" don't understand intelligent thought.
Wow, with your attitude, I can't imagine why we would even want you here anymore, not to mention how ANYONE could ever listen to you on Sunday.

I am not from here, in fact, I've lived in 8 different cities (6 different states) throughout my life. Yes, I'll just say it, Greenville is hands down, my personal favorite.

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It does. Annointed and chosen as God's special child.
"Special", now there's an interesting word, which can be meant to describe people in a positive or negative light. I'm sure God thinks your just as "special" as I do.
 
Old 10-07-2009, 08:30 PM
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Yeah, I'm sure the area surrounding Family Court in Dallas is just superb.
I wasn't talking about the neighborhood. It's the people there (a cross-section of society since half the population ends up there anyway).

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I love the small town attitude, and I don't know ANYONE who lives in Greenville, and hopes or thinks we'll be the next Charlotte or Atlanta.
That contradicts what people say here, that Greenville isn't just another crummy small town, but is the next Big Southern City (Charlotte and Atlanta fit that category, don't they?), and why don't airlines fly to GSP more because there's so much business travel they're missing out on, blah blah blah.

To each his own, but I can't stand small-town attitude. It's back-stabbing if you don't toe the line. I moved to Greenville because it seemed to be a nice city that wasn't a small town. How wrong I was.
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