An effort to bury utility lines that started after a crippling ice storm in 2005 that left thousands in the dark and cold for a week or more continues in the city of Greenville, but it has been slow-going.
White, who has served as mayor for 23 years, was honored for playing a role in the revitalization of downtown Greenville.
Arguably the city owns some of the most valuable and developable land in Greenville — 25 acres along the edges to a couple of blocks away from the new Unity Park. The city plans to use that land for new affordable housing to counter rising property values and housing costs around the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods near downtown that some say are squeezing lower income and working class residents out.
Removing the streets from state control would give the city flexibility in streetscaping and road design.
The city's new multimillion-dollar park west of downtown will be called Unity Park.