Feeling Greenville’s Groove

by | Oct 4, 2005

We went to Greenville, South Carolina for the weekend. This is what it looks like at Falls Park in the center of town. The Liberty Bridge over the Reedy River is one of only two suspension footbridges in the world. The other is in France.


Greenville has a vital downtown. It was busy with pedestrians on Saturday and Sunday. The city planners must read Jane Jacobs.

The city boasts a new tea bar and non-corporate coffee thanks to Coffee Underground on Coffee St. Yeah! I love non-corporate coffee, locally roasted and prepared by a caring, professional barista.

Adjacent to downtown, Greenville’s West End is a developing art and warehouse district with historic lofts and lots of new construction. A new baseball park for the Greenville Bombers is slated to be built in the neighborhood.

We ate dinner at Smoke On The Water, a West End establishment that serves a mean brisket and kindly features Rogue’s HazleNut Brown Nectar on tap, a true delicacy from coastal Oregon.

On one hand, Greenville may indeed be the “buckle on the Bible Belt,” as we were told it was by one well-meaning gent. On the other, it’s clearly a sophisticated small city with a lot to offer.