The Best Thing My City Did this Year?
Thursday, January 16, 2014on
Yes. I know. It’s past the time for reviewing the many happenings of 2013, evaluating what we could have done better and making bold resolutions for 2014. It’s almost time to adjust those hastily-made resolutions. (We are two weeks into the New Year, after all). However, I would like to take the question in the title of this short post and ask that we begin thinking of how we want to answer that at the end of 2014. What will be the best thing that Greenville will have done by the end of 2014? The question in the title comes from a recent post in The Atlantic Cities blog , one of the most refreshing blogs about how cities are vitally important to the process of economic development, job and wealth creation. This particular post listed how Atlanta has focused on alternative transportation, Cleveland created a new public gathering space in its artmuseum atrium, Houston expanded its parks, Philadelphia lowered crime rates and Pittsburgh even got a giant inflatable yellow rubber duck (which, unfortunately, the Greenville delegation just missed during its visit in October). This wide variety of community-submitted projects briefly indicates how disparate initiatives can tap into and enhance community pride. What was the best thing that Greenville did in 2013? Was it the wonderful redevelopment of NOMA Square (and the exquisite renovations at the Hyatt Regency Greenville)? Was it the redevelopment of Piazza Bergamo and the Project One development? Was it the hiring of veteran automotive industry talent to lead CU-ICAR? Or, was it the creation of the Inland Port or the expansion at GSP Airport? Not all of these are City-led or even City-centric happenings. However, they all play into the development of our larger community. And these are only a few of the many events that happened over the past year or so. What is your take on the best thing that Greenville – as a larger community – did in 2013? Back to my original point. How do we want to answer that question at the end of 2014? Is there one thing that we would like see on an internationally-read blog like The Atlantic Cities blog? What is it that we want to be known for by the end of 2014? How can we move that to the forefront of our common agenda to see actually happen? I certainly don’t have the, answer but I can at least ask the question. I hope you will ask that same question. Here’s to a most successful 2014!