Last week, Greenville Journal columnist Bobby Barreto penned a column proposing an idea that would radically change Main Street – blocking off the road from Beattie Place to Washington Street and turning it into a pedestrian and dining thoroughfare.
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Walk down Greenville’s Main Street and you’ll be hard pressed to go a block without seeing people using their smartphones to search a list of restaurants to help them determine where they want to eat dinner, watch the latest viral video, and to check email.
While all three Greenville City Council seats up for election this year are contested, only one of them will appear on the ballot in the June 13 primary.
Incumbent David Sudduth and challenger Wil Brasington will face off in the Republican primary to represent District 4, which encompasses the southeastern part of the city that includes Augusta Road, Parkins Mill, the TD Convention Center, the downtown airport and the Clemson University – International Center for Automotive Research.
Work on a streetscape project designed to bring the vibrancy of Main Street to Augusta Street will begin in May. The project will widen the sidewalk on the east side of Augusta from Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe and install a mid-block crosswalk, something merchants and city officials said will make the area more pedestrian friendly. Ornamental trees will also be planted on both sides of the street.
Owned by Joe and Darlene Clarke of American Grocery Restaurant, Vault & Vator was designed specifically to showcase their bartender Kirk Ingram’s considerable skills and respect for cocktails of the prohibition period, The Golden Age of Cocktails.
It can be a true pleasure to create a unique al fresco dining experience that goes beyond the mediocre sandwiches and potato chips using only ingredients available within walking distance of Main Street.
Greenville’s current downtown design guidelines were written in 2000, before development exploded beyond its traditional Main Street core into the West End and West Greenville, which have their own building character.…