Greenville advances in Strong Towns competition

The Reedy River flows through downtown Greenville. Photo by Andrew Moore.

Greenville has advanced to the round of eight in the “Strongest Town Contest,” a NCAA bracket-style online competition to find the most successful, resilient communities.

Greenville, which “defeated” Brewton, Ala., in the first round, faces Muskegon, Mich., in voting that ends on March 16 at 12 p.m. CT.

In the second round, the remaining cities in the competition submitted five photos each designed to illustrate their strengths.

Greenville highlighted Falls Park, the Saturday Farmers Market, Mice on Main, the one block of downtown’s North Laurens Street that was turned into a pedestrian-only street, and the Reedy River and Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Muskegon, Mich., the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, highlighted its Farmer’s Market, lakeshore living, its growing cruise ship industry, its complete streets program, and its city center.

Other second round match-ups are Morelia, Mexico, versus Annapolis, Md.; Kent, Ohio, against Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Twin Falls, Idaho, versus Penascola, Fla.

Cities selected for the final four will submit podcasts from which voters will chose the two finalists. Voting for the final four will end March 23.

The two finalists will be invited to a live webcast on March 26 to debate and discuss the strengths of their towns.

The winner will be announced March 30.




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