Downtown Information

Downtown Information

Greenville is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area (CSA), an 8-county region of northwestern South Carolina, known as “The Upstate”. Greenville has been described as Athens, Georgia for adults. With its historic homes and modern office towers, Greenville has been described as where “Old South” meets “New South”.

Once the retail center of the region, Greenville’s downtown district began to languish in the 1960s, so in response to the growing region, the City started a downtown renewal project. Initially focusing on improving its image through streetscape and traffic improvements, the city worked with consultants to develop and implement a downtown master plan. The city redeveloped a languishing industrial area into an arts complex that incorporated historically significant buildings. It stabilized a stagnant historic district with a mixed-use project of shops, restaurants, and offices, which in turn encouraged residential use of vacant upper stories and former church classrooms. The National Trust Main Street Center awarded Greenville a 2003 Great American Main Street Award.

Since the Downtown is a center of business, culture, and entertainment, not surprisingly it has also become one of the most desirable residential districts in and around Greenville. In coming years, the unique benefits of living Downtown will attract more and more residents, giving the Downtown area an even more well-rounded character. Initially, Greenville’s buildings were demolished and rebuilt fairly frequently. Greenville has one of the last Frank Lloyd Wright homes ever built.