Paw-Paw Action Alert

I understand special interest groups are hard at work alerting their membership about the series of meetings on zoning possibilities and changes to our Spartanburg County land use ordinances. I’d like to offer a few talking points of my own and focus on a small part of the changes under discussion with our county ordinances: stream-side buffers. I’d like to let my stomach vote for...

Not Another Boiling Springs

There’s a theory that everyone has an opposite somewhere in the world, a person that is you, only it’s your dark twin turned 180 degrees. I just spent a week in a vibrant little village in southern Ohio. Boiling Springs, South Carolina, meet Yellow Springs, Ohio. Boiling Springs, once a quaint farming community north of Spartanburg, has been in the news lately as a model for poor...

Spartanburg County Council’s Lost Decade

Spartanburg County Council is contemplating entry into the modern era of land-use planning. As Yogi Berra so famously said, “It’s deja vu all over again.” You see, talk of Spartanburg County land-use planning is nothing new. It came up here a decade ago. There’s talk now of a referendum in November with a single question to see which way the land-use winds are blowing....

Last Harvest

I’ve been reading a book called THE LAST HARVEST by Witold Rybcznski. It’s the story of the building of a new subdivision in rural Pennsylvania. Simply stated, Rybcznski follows the development of 90 acres of cornfield from idea to completion, but it’s more. In 200 pages THE LAST HARVEST tells the story of real estate development in America. What could be more relevant for our...

Triple Bogey or Hole in One?

This past week a $100 million redevelopment plan was announced for the Lan Yair golf course on Spartanburg’s Halfway Branch, one of the largest tributaries of Lawson’s Fork Creek. Halfway Branch rises just north of East Main Street. The unassuming creek and several bold streams that feed it were dammed long ago to form the old ponds of the golf course. Downstream from the golf course...

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