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Old 10-07-2009, 08:46 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.

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Old 10-08-2009, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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That is quite an honor, and well deserved. Thanks for posting this news.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Travelers Rest SC
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Main Street is definitely one of the things that sold us on the area. I normally don't care for cities, but Greenville is very accessible compared to many cities.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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More well-deserved accolades for our city! Also saw the story on Greenvilleonline today about a chef at The Lazy Goat who's received national recognition recently. Go Greenville!
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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...Also saw the story on Greenvilleonline today about a chef at The Lazy Goat who's received national recognition recently. Go Greenville!
That is good to hear. Vickie's predecessor at The Lazy Goat, Executive Chef Lindsay Autry, received very high accolades from food experts as well. I am fairly certain Lindsay is now with Foxfire Gallery & Kitchen Shops.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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YouTube - Greenville's Main Street wins "Best Places in America" Award
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:58 AM
 
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Nancy Whitworth just got extra cool points in my book for saying "Green-VILLE" instead of "Green-VUHL." You go, Nancy!
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:07 AM
 
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Hey - you know you've officially become an (adopted) native when you say it, "Green-VUHL". I used to say "VILLE", but now I say, "VUHL".
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:53 AM
 
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Hey - you know you've officially become an (adopted) native when you say it, "Green-VUHL". I used to say "VILLE", but now I say, "VUHL".
Green VILLE please. Vuhl sounds very old south.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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Some natives with a heavier accent pronounce it, "GRAIN-v'lle", or "GRAIN-veal". Mayor White is closer to "GREEN-v'lle". It is fascinating to hear how different people pronounce certain words.

At 4:24 in the video you catch a brief glimpse of the site where the CVS Pharmacy & mixed-use building has been proposed at the corner of Main Street and McBee Avenue.
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