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Worth Its Grain

Spartanburg’s Grain District is staging its own rise of the creative class


By Andrew Huang
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

There is a saying: “If you build it, they will come.” It is a sentiment full of vision, optimism, and faith. But it only tells part of the story, only asks some of the questions. What if they do come? What then? Will they stay? For Spartanburg, building “it” or making sure “they” come were never long-term concerns. The city is ripe with potential. Space isn’t an issue. Brick storefronts line Main Street and side alleys, while vacant mills adorn the outskirts of downtown; neither is creative energy: seven institutions of higher learning call the area home. Putting these pieces together—making it cool and desirable for creative forces to stay in Spartanburg and put these spaces to use—that’s the trick.

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