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Spherical 2: Muskegon, MI vs. Greenville, SC

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Welcome to the second spherical of our third annual Strongest City Competitors! eight cities are dealing with off proper now and four will advance to the following section of the competition based mostly in your votes.

We invite you to view the photographs and descriptions that representatives from these two cities submitted to showcase their financial energy and resilience. Voting closes at 12pm CT on Friday, March 16.


Muskegon, Michigan

Entry submitted by: Mayor Steve Gawron, Metropolis Supervisor Frank Peterson, Metropolis Clerk Ann Meisch, Downtown Supervisor Dave Alexander, Chamber President, Cindy Larsen and lots of extra.

Farmer’s Market

This new farmer’s market is the pleasure and pleasure of our group. Nevertheless, the street thus far was contentious. The market was relocated from a neighborhood to the downtown.  It was an intense course of, with enter from farmers, planners, residents, and politicians debating each step. The tip result’s a recent native meals supply that doubles as an inclusive, group gathering place of people that care. 

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Lakeshore Dwelling

An previous financial institution constructing that sat empty for practically 15 years has been reworked right into a hip, recent house constructing attracting residents of all ages. Town, state and developer partnered to finish the challenge on this historic landmark on the middle of downtown. Alternatives to dwell downtown are actually a actuality as that is considered one of 10 residential initiatives underway.  

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Attracting Cruise Ships

The rising cruise ship business ignored Muskegon within the early years.  The volunteers of the Chamber of Commerce and the county Customer’s Bureau joined forces to create new programing and a wonderful dock on the sting of downtown.  Volunteers of “individuals who care” greet the passengers once they arrive.  Now Muskegon is called one of the crucial fashionable ports on the Nice Lakes due to the flower lined streets, native museums and pleasant volunteers.

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Full Streets

Town is dedicated to finish streets as a basis for neighborhood funding. Turning again the one-way streets to two-way, pedestrian and bike pleasant streets have created a household neighborhood within the coronary heart of the downtown. Quickly the general public transportation trolley will loop the neighborhood so residents can run errands or get out to the Lake Michigan Seashores.

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Metropolis Heart

There’s nonetheless work to be achieved as we’ve unfinished initiatives and empty tons to fill.  There are various jobs out there for space residents, but we won’t be a sustainable group till our downtown is stuffed with middle-class neighborhoods with facilities for all.  Within the meantime, empty tons are stuffed with exercise and small companies are supported in distinctive methods. All are makes an attempt to plant the seed of development for the longer term.

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Greenville, South Carolina

Entry submitted by:  Chase Anderson, Planner & Panorama Architect, Chase Anderson Design; Russell Stall, Metropolis Council member, Metropolis of Greenville; John Catoe, Engineering Affiliate, Alta Planning and Design; Mary Douglas Hirsch, Metropolis Actual Property Improvement Supervisor, Metropolis of Greenville; Nicole McAden, Metropolis Transportation Advertising and marketing and Program Specialist, Greenlink Transit

Falls Park

Falls Park is the place folks of Greenville go to assemble and take part.  It’s residence to many organized group occasions and easily a pleasure to be when nothing is happening. The park contains lush gardens, many locations to take a seat and benefit from the water falls, and a program actions that embody household film evening and Shakespeare within the Park Thursday-Sunday in the summertime months. 

 Source: Rani C. Robinson 
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Saturday Farmers Market

Each Saturday from Could 6 to October 28, Saturday Market is open for enterprise on Foremost Road.  Patrons should purchase straight from the various native farmers within the area.  The market is just open to meals grown or produced inside 100 miles of Greenville.  After beginning on a aspect avenue in 2003 with solely 20 distributors, the market now stretches two full blocks on Foremost Road with 60 distributors.

 Source:  visitgreenvillesc.com
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Mice on Foremost

Mice on Foremost is a sculpture scavenger hunt for youngsters on the sidewalks of Foremost Road.  The set up was a senior challenge of native child, Jimmy Ryan, based mostly on his favourite childhood story, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Clever Brown.  Native sculptor, Zan Wells, produced the 9 life-size mice which might be strategically positioned alongside Foremost Road.  Households cross paths and work collectively as they use posted hints to go looking the sidewalks for the following mouse.

 Source: Rani C. Robinson
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North Laurens St

With the redevelopment of One Metropolis Plaza, one block of North Laurens Road was reworked right into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare within the coronary heart of downtown.  Pedestrians can have a procuring and eating expertise in an city park setting utterly separate from auto site visitors.    

 Source: City of Greenville
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Reedy River and Swamp Rabbit Path  

The Swamp Rabbit Path parallels the Reedy River because it enters Greenville’s downtown.  The multi-use path stretches 22 miles alongside  the river on an previous rail hall to the neighboring city of Vacationers Relaxation.  A examine of the Greenville Well being System Swamp Rabbit Path confirmed that 25% of the customers within the path’s third yr have been vacationers who spent $6.7 million in Greenville County.  The path was estimated to have  501,236 customers within the third yr, up 20% from the earlier yr.  The report included a survey of 19 companies in shut proximity to the path.  These companies reported a rise in gross sales, some as a lot as 85%.

 Source: City of Greenville
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Voting is weighted in order that Sturdy Cities member votes account for half of every city’s rating and non-member votes account for the opposite half.

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