My map of Greenville, SC
After living in Greenville, SC for 1 year, here is my summary of its social demographics:
Of course, the map is an over generalization. But, it may help to orient new comers to the area and provoke conversation.
My overall hypothesis is that Greenville, SC is subject to two opposing cultural influences. The NW section of Greenville is influenced by “high country” values: progressivism, sustainability, creativity. The SE section of Greenville is influenced by “low country” values: conservatism, resource exploitation (land and people), tradition.
I would include Traveler’s Rest within the NW section of Greenville since Furman University is a 7 minute drive from our house on N. Main St.
Prediction: Greenville’s future depends on whether the opposing cultural influences clash or synthesize.
A short list of examples (data)
Southeast: Greenville Country Club, Greenville Zoo
Northwest: Stone Academy, A. J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering
Southeast: Augusta Circle, Next High School
Northwest: Automatic Taco (food truck), Swamp Rabbit Cafe (local food), foodie places in Traveler’s Rest (e.g. Tandem Creperie, Sidewall Pizza).
Southeast: Willy Taco, LeGrande Bakery (French)
Northwest: ECO (Asheville), SylvanSport (Brevard)
Northwest: Travelers Rest, Saluda, Hendersonville
Southeast: Spartanburg, Charlotte