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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Tourism Center in Greenville, Greenville Top 5 Places to Retire and Live, Bicycling Championships, Simpsonville Farmers Market

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New Tourism Center in Greenville

Greenville ParksThe "March Up the Reedy River" with new, exciting public developments continues with the City's proposal to create a tourism complex next to Linky Stone Park. That's located under the Academy Street bridge over the river and at the start of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Dubbed "Reedy Square" it would create a new central attraction acting as an "adventure concierge" where visitors get acquainted with things to do around the Upstate, set up tours, and rent bikes or kayaks. With Chicago architect Jeanne Gang's concept of geometric wooden boxes set with glass along the scenic Reedy River, the complex could be a major attraction connecting the Falls Park area with the Swamp Rabbit Trail which leads to the new Kroc Center. One of the central motives for the city is increasing tourism awareness for Greenville, increasing spending downtown and creating a showcase that will help court new businesses to the area. There is substantial funding in place from the hotel tax revenue, but it still needs private funding and federal tax credits. If the project falls into place, construction could start in 2011.

A Great Place to Retire and Live!

Fortune Magazine has ranked Greenville as one of five great places to retire in a recent on-line press release. The article focuses on the affordability of Napa, Ann Arbor, San Antonio, Palm Coast, and Greenville, but also considers the other appealing factors such as culture, tax rates, and health care. Fortune examined data from Moody's Analytics to evaluate attractive areas where prices have fallen but probably don’t have much farther to go. While Greenville may not have had such a dramatic decline in real estate prices compared to Palm Coast for example, there are still good values here. With these market conditions in their favor, soon-to-be retired seniors are laying strategic plans and are purchasing second homes in Greenville and the other cities in anticipation of relocation in the next few years.

In similar news, Greenville also made the top 10 in Relocate America's both retirement and affordability cities for 2010. It's also on their "Top 100 Places to Live!" This is the ninth year Greenville has bee on their list and cites beautiful weather, low cost of living, and quality of life as attractive features of the area.

Bicycling Championships Return
Bicycling is part of Greenville's culture and once again it has been awarded the USA Cycling Professional Championship this September. This race is the Big Daddy of races in the US and will feature all the major riders, many of whom will have participated it the Tour de France. There's a little extra flavor: local resident George Hincapie will defend his title in the 112-mile road race over Paris Mountain. The September 18-19 dates are a couple of weeks later than the previous four races we have had here, but judging from the support in past years, we can expect to see another big turnout.

Fresh Food Anyone?
Simpsonville is following along with other area cities by organizing a farmers market to provide local produce to a growing marketplace. The location will be in the parking lot for the Cotton Mill Place at West Curtis and Green Streets… just look for the towering old mill smokestack. It will be there every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:30 this summer and currently has at least 37 vendors providing great veggies. The neighboring city of Fountain Inn has also started a farmers market at their new building at 110 Depot Street.

Greenville SC Weather
Current Weather
The fresh cool air that blew in yesterday was quite a treat, but you can expect a warmer trend later this week with a chance of thundershowers. Highs around 90 and lows in the upper 60s.