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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Google Fiber in Greenville, Artisphere 2010, Main @ Broad Complex Now Leasing, Discount Airline at GSP

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Google Fiber in Greenville?

TechnologyGoogle Fiber is planning on installing a Fiber To The Home (FTTH) ultra high speed fiber optic network to some deserving US city and has been running a 30-day on-line contest to see who can garner the most votes. Our fair city of Greenville started out very strong and was pulling away from the competition, but Asheville has managed a comeback that will probably put them in first place at the end of voting today. City supporters have done all kinds of publicity stunts; Greenville staged a night time display of "Google" spelled with glow sticks which you can see on YouTube. The FTTH system changes the last mile of connectivity to the end user with optical fiber, which will increase speed of transmission and signal fidelity. You'll end up with a whopping 1Gbps of transmission speed that will either shorten your time surfing or increase it since you're having so much fun.

Artisphere 2010

Artisphere, Greenville's popular art festival is back for the sixth time this week and will have 120 artists displaying their wares along Main Street from Broad Street to Augusta Road in the West End. There's a lot of fun stuff going on for all ages at this event and the format will remain unchanged from previous years. You'll find a variety of artistic genres, plenty of live music, food, and Kidsphere for the wee ones. Don't miss Brian Olson's Art in Action where he creates large scale paintings of iconic pop figures with his characteristic energetic style. This festival has secured a top 20 ranking by the Southeast Tourism Society for two years in a row, acknowledging Greenville's ability to attract culturally-minded visitors. It also ranks 46th out of 600 Fine Arts Festivals across the United States by Greg Lawler's Art Fair Sourcebook. The brand new Courtyard Marriot and Nantucket Grill at Main and Broad will host an opening gala on Thursday night, while the main event launches at 4:00 on Friday.

Main @ Broad Complex Now Leasing

Speaking of the new Main @ Broad complex, which houses the Courtyard Marriot, it just opened last week after surviving the economic downturn that shuttered most large development projects around the country. The Marriot has 135 rooms going for about $160 and a nice public courtyard featuring a waterfall and public restrooms. There is even potential for an ice skating rink here. Restaurateur Rick Erwin just put his corporate headquarters at this complex as well as opened the Nantucket Grill, which will feature quality seafood. You can't beat the location, which is centrally placed along Main Street, sandwiched between City Hall and the Peace Center for performing arts. Developer Bo Aughtry is pleased with the leasing prospects for the building and anticipates having three or four stories leased in the next 60 days.

Discount Airline Still Possible at GSP

The Greenville Spartanburg International Airport is still in the hunt to land a discount carrier after the South Carolina Senate gave approval to a key incentive bill last week. The bill had been blocked by Midland senators who feared a loss of business to Columbia's airport, but after a unanimous Senate approval last Thursday, the Upstate may still have a chance, subject to final approval in legislation. Southwest Airlines is the prime carrier that everyone is courting, and they have expressed very serious interest in GSP. According to the Greenville News, Southwest Vice President Dave Ridley states that Southwest has a gap in coverage over the Carolinas and Georgia, and that GSP meets many of the characteristics that Southwest looks for in an expansion market.

Greenville SC Weather
Current Weather
Boy, the last few days seemed like the topics with rain and warm temperatures. It will clear up this week, but there is a seasonally uncharacteristic layer of warm weather over us where we expect to see highs in the mid 80s, and lows in the 60s. It should be clear weather into the weekend.