Notice the turning radius for the southwestern corner is quite large. Well, good news for fans of asphalt everywhere, the mayor wants the southeast corner to cater to moving vehicles just as easily. This plan (seen here) would also demolish 7 historic buildings and replace them with replicas that would be set back from the street. The proposal does not hide from its priorities. On page 2, they specify that Main Street needs to be more vehicular and pedestrian friendly, in that order. Not surprisingly, a proposal this sweeping has political implications. All 3 of Mayor Charles Henderson’s opponents in tomorrow’s primary are running against this plan.
Another portion of this development that should be criticized is the supposed town square just to the east, which looks to be nothing more than a place to park cars, with nowhere for the public to actually gather. The implied need for parking and moving cars is laced throughout the proposal. In other words, they want downtown Greenwood to look just like the rest of the area.
This plan only hurts Greenwood’s chances for attracting appropriate TOD at the station, which would be a wasted opportunity to provide a style of living that would be unique for the area.
Let me advocate a different route for Greenwood. Instead of tearing out the historic fabric of the town to be replaced with faux replicas, there is land perfectly suited for development at the same corner: that large parking lot. Â Building at that corner could be just the catalyst that downtown Greenwood needs in order to reinvigorate the historic center. Â After all, people don’t often visit historic areas due to their impressive turning radii and ample parking.