Uptown Greenville celebrates growth, looks at future success

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Some city’s have a downtown, but Greenville prefers Uptown, describing the direction the area is going.

More businesses, more housing developments, and more people are just some of the things you will see in Uptown. Leaders said the success is far from over.

The city is celebrated their accomplishments with the State of the District event Tuesday. Uptown officials bought in a world-renowned community development consultant to speak to the crowd of more than 200.

“We’re gonna give them some new ideas,” said Peter Kageyama, author, For the Love of Cities. “New ways of talking about work they wanna do, and maybe a kick in the pants to go out and make something happen.”

Peter Kageyama gave Greenville insight on how to maintain success.

“Small things. How do we activate that more, how do we get more people down there, how do we increase the people watching in the common and in Uptown? And that would be a good challenge. And you’d have some amazing results if that became a goal,” he said.

It’s a goal Uptown Greenville Director Bianca Shoneman said is obtainable.

“Greenville is a city that is on the rise,” she said. “We need to put heart and passion into what we do in our municipality.”

She said the growth the area has seen lately is a credit to a lot of hard work, and an area that is beginning to thrive.

“91 new jobs to the Uptown district, 24 new businesses, close to a half a billion dollars in public and private investments,” Shonemen said. “And this is just in the last year.”

Kageyama said the key is getting the community to fall in love with the city.

“They’re gonna fall in love with other places because of great green spaces, local restaurants, places to walk your dog, places to hang out, great music, good food.”

With more apartment projects coming online, the number of people living in uptown is expected to increase by 400 percent over the next few years.

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