Anyway, that ( the parking lot f/k/a the Hotel Sterling ) was the first thing that came to mind when I walked down to the riverfront in Greenville, SC last weekend and saw this old brick structure right along the Reedy River.
Imagine that. As part of the Reedy Riverfront Revitalization, the local leaders decided to save an old circa ~1880's manufacturing warehouse and incorporate it into the master plan. It has a new roof and plenty of floor space to hold events.
And right next to it? A huge covered amphitheater.
And just downstream?
The site of an old Railroad bridge was converted to a pedestrian walkway.
And what did they do with the space under the Main Street bridge?
They created a seating/gathering area with chairs, tables & benches.
And just a little further downstream?
They built a multi-million $ curved suspension bridge to view the waterfalls.
Folks, I visit and pass by the Riverfront on the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre, PA several times a month. In the brief time I spent on a bitterly cold ( for them ) afternoon along the Reedy River in Greenville, SC...I saw more people walking, biking and just hanging around to enjoy the scenery & amenities in an hour than I've ever seen doing the same in Wilkes-Barre over several weeks of Saturday afternoon drive-bys.
Perhaps, someday, my hometown, county and state will elect some leaders whose vision extends beyond closing the next backroom deal to line their pockets and those of their cronies.
And when that happens...imagine the possibilities.