Ben Stein's Diary I Love South Carolina A brilliant example of what America can be. By Ben Stein – 6.24.15 A few humble thoughts on race, violence, and South Carolina. The crimes of Dylann Roof were spectacularly horrible. To murder in cold blood nine men and women who were praising the Lord is unfathomably evil. There is simply no excuse for it. The moral power and restraint of the Charleston black community is historically magnificent. Nothing less than that. The love and forgiveness of the victims’ families is breathtaking, one of the great moments in human history. And while I don’t think that the rebel battle flag flying over the statehouse in Columbia had anything to do with Dylann Roof’s horrible crimes, the flag has to go on government property. For black citizens, taxpayers, voters, soldiers, war widows to have the flag of an army that fought to maintain their ancestors in chains, as less than human, is painful and cruel. That flag has a place in museums and homes and restaurants but not on the statehouse lawn. But, that easy target of the flag is obscuring something glorious about America, as are Mr. Obama’s condescending comments about the country of which he is President. (And by the way, can anyone imagine Dwight Eisenhower speaking condescendingly of his country? Or FDR? Where on earth does Mr. Obama get off belittling Americans? Is that what a President should be doing?) But, I digress.… I know South Carolina. It is a completely different state from what it was in the early 1960s when the stars and bars were run up the state flagpole to mark white resistance to court-ordered desegregation. South Carolina now is a model of racial openness and tolerance and just plain getting along. It has a black GOP Senator, a very powerful black Democratic Representative, many blacks in high positions throughout the state. Most of my immediate family lives in the incredibly beautiful small city of Greenville, South Carolina. The hippest city in the nation. This is a city on the move, completely integrated. The city, with its neighbor, booming super Spartanburg, is home to immense automotive manufacturing facilities that are completely integrated. Manufacturers and researchers from all over the world flock to this twin city complex. By far the most exclusive club in Greenville, the Poinsett Club — named for the discoverer of the poinsettia plant, a man from Greenville — is fully integrated and when I last looked had a black member as membership committee chair. Another fine club, the Commerce Club, is likewise fully integrated and has black management. On the streets and in the restaurants, blacks and whites mingle with an ease that is totally unknown in my hometown of Beverly Hills, where blacks and whites are almost never seen together. In the recovery community, where I spend much of my time, blacks and whites are pretty much interchangeable. I have been coming to Greenville much of the year for years now. I have never heard a racist remark by anyone, black or white. Not one. I also spend time in Greenwood, a much more traditional nearby South Carolina town, and likewise have never heard a racist word there. South Carolina is exploding with vitality and growth. Like most of the south that I have seen, it is too busy to hate. That is progress indeed. Dylann Roof was an outlaw and an outlier and a demonic person. But South Carolina, black and white, as far as I can see, is overwhelmingly a shining, brilliant example of what America can be at its best and what humans can be at their best. Let’s be watchful, but also let’s be thankful. Read more at http://spectator.org/articles/63237/i-love-south-carolina
Is 2015 year of the condo for Greenville, SC? Michelle Higgins ask the question for NYC condos in today's article written for New York Times, "Year of the Condo?" Certainly New York City differs than Greenville for real estate sales, especially in price. New York condos market for $1700-2300 per square foot. According to 2014 listed MLS stats list 43 condos perched in downtown Greenville sold from $130-357 per square foot. Ranges differ depending size, age/renovation, present condition, and location in proximity to the Peace Center / RiverPlace. Condo development planned for all Greenville quadrants for 2015-2016, majority are larger units with high end finishes, high style designs, and prices ranging from $550K-two million. So...is 2015 the year for condos? I say yes for Greenville, what's your opinion?
Time Magazine dated July7-14,2014, prints 39 pages about The Smarter Home...."The dwellings of the future will make you calmer, safe, richer and healthier-and they already exist". Changes such as "a car that can power your house" or "walls that can weather a hurricane" or "a door that can sense your approach". How would you like to change a home....make it higher efficiency by using solar panels, water the grass only when necessary, or "plant a garden that filters your air"? I choose using solar panels, nice to believe while sun is shining, also prepping panels to warm the home.
George Hincapie's book, The Loyal Lieutenant, releases May 27th. Preorder now, I ordered today from Amazon.
In honor of clients, fellow realtors, friends, and family we made contribution in 2013 to Cancer Survivor's Park Project. Grateful for each of you. Lil Glenn Company, LLC
http://greenvillejournal.com/m/index.php?page=50&item=1802. Beautiful park with pavilion, rock walks, and new bridge over low falls located below Chamber of Commerce building.
"Lenders have been inundated with refinances for some time now. If business is that good, why invite more business in the door by loosening credit standards? Well, now that the real estate recovery is underway and rates are moving up a bit, we get news that banks are indeed loosening credit standards ever so slightly. We think this is one other step that will help make the recovery even stronger. In this case, higher rates are actually good news. There is a lot of latent demand out there and if this demand increases, so will job creation and this will create more demand for real estate and consumer goods. Five years ago, we were in a vicious cycle. Slightly looser credit could help us move to a full virtuous cycle. Don't expect the subprime days to come back, but every little bit helps. And if you read that rates have increased, you may realize that this could be the last opportunity to take advantage of the Fed's sale on money -- whether you are looking to purchase a home, refinance or even purchase an automobile. Don't step, leap at the opportunity."
Euphoria Wine and Food Festival starring musician Edwin McCain brings visitors from many places. Read the great article: http://www.starkinsider.com/2012/10/eat-play-euphoria-greenville-south-carolina-travel-news-tips.html
TALK magazine was kind to feature my personal home in March issue of TALK in bungalow designed homes. I live in an historic neighborhood in downtown Greenville and it was an honor to see the photo spread that Owen Riley photographed. Owen captured light, texture, depicting my home in the artistic style that I love. Many thanks to Kim Hassold, Stephanie Morgan, and Owen Riley.
George Hincapie continues to promote our community to the international world. International Cycling Union is interested in our town to host an inter-national event. Already Greenville is the chosen place for USA Cycling Pro Championships and Roger C. Peace US Handcycling National Criterium championship. In addition to Hincapie....... cudos to the City of Greenville and residents for keeping patience while adding bike lanes plus redesign of streets. It is worth the inconvenience. George is an advocate, an example, and pure friend to Greenville while the community embraces his presence and efforts. Win-win for Greenville!!
No wonder everyone is looking to visit downtown Greenville!! This Sunday morning I walked Main, McBee, River Place, and looked with a curious eye.....as if I was a newcomer, searching for a new place to call home. WOW, among the tall buildings, glass Peace Center, sculpture dots each corner, brick reliefs depict slices of the day way back when Vardry was alive. Water rushes in the fountains at the artisit row of River Place offering metal benches to sit and get lost in the sounds of the river flowing and mallards flyings. Now I know why visitors want to become residents of downtown Greenville. Check it out sometime!!
Sometimes the word expert appears in my description. Really, not sure I am an expert in anything. As I grow older, I realize the less I really know. I love learning and knowing about real estate and especially building relationships with clients. I educate myself in classes.....each day I learn something new about people and their needs. If a person being open to new experiences and listening to others is an expert then perhaps I am.
BY ASHLEY WARLICK | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2011 | CITY PORTRAIT Sweet Greenville The hippest little city in South Carolina More on Greenville: Greenville: Where to Eat Greenville: Where to Drink Greenville: What to Do Greenville: The Residents Say you marry your first boyfriend. You know about boys before that, the way you know about internal combustion engines: You can recognize one when you see it, and you have expectations it will take you somewhere. A boy ought to spin you around, buy you dinner, bring you flowers every once in a while. Say you meet a boy, and he does all that, and you go ahead and get married. You’re young. It’s not like you can say you know what you’re doing, but nobody’s going to tell you otherwise either. You’ve got a plan. This is my first real hometown. Not somewhere I was born, but somewhere I picked myself. We moved to Greenville almost twelve years ago for the reasons people move places. There was a job at Furman University in a campus like a park, with a student body as nice and earnest as a professor’s dream. My brother lived here, finishing a degree at Clemson. Our daughter was young, I wanted to be near family again, and coming off a long run in Pennsylvania, I wanted to be back in the South, where I grew up. It seemed like a nice town, rich in dogwoods and azaleas, in shade. A Southern town ought to have a lot of azaleas, a good barbecue joint with a Sunday church crowd, and some dead heroes in the cemeteries whom people still claim as their own. We bought a house just off the end of Main Street from a man who said the iron insets in the gates on the white picket fence had come from his family’s side of the Faulkner clan, and when I met his mother, I could ask. It was just what we were looking for. When we moved in, our neighbors Lamar and Bob brought us a bottle of wine and a card printed with a poem by the late South Carolina poet laureate Bennie Lee Sinclair, because they had heard I was a writer. Lamar was in set design; Bob mostly liked to watch my brother work on his car in our driveway. This, not far from the ultraconservative shadow of Bob Jones University. We could spot the girls in the grocery store with their skirts past their knees, and the boys buying flowers every Friday, even though there was no dating allowed on campus. It seemed sweetly confused, like whatever’s going on over there was as private as what’s going on in my neighborhood. I liked the idea, even back then, that this town had room enough for both. 123NextLast Photo credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka VIEW MORE IMAGES
Project to boost Fountain Inn economy Against a backdrop of aging Fountain Inn buildings, the city broke ground Monday on a new Commerce Park and Historical Center that it hopes will spur a rebirth of economic development. With the old Woodside Mill in the background and the back of a row of brick Main Street buildings opening up onto Depot Street, the planned $2 million development will incorporate the old with the new – a history museum and farmers market with a tourism center and new Chamber of Commerce building – in a development that will rise next to a set of train tracks where the former depot once stood. City leaders said the project fits with the city's master plan to attract foot traffic to downtown Fountain Inn's sidewalks. Saying it would add “new life” and a realization of more than 10 years of dreams, Fountain Inn Mayor Gary Long called the project exciting for the growth of the city Included in the first phase of the development is a 3,500 square-foot open air farmer's market pavilion with 20 stalls and public restrooms that is slated to open in October or early November, said Eddie Case, city administrator. It could be used to host the city's ice skating rink during its Spirit of Christmas Past festival as well as events throughout the year, he said. A 5,200 square-foot building divided into office space for the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce and the Fountain Inn History Museum would open in April 2010, Case said. “We decided that this site would provide the best opportunity to bring to downtown some foot traffic that we desperately needed,” Case said. (Nathaniel Cary – Staff Writer – Greenville News – June 16, 2009)
Per fDi Magazine, Greenville is ranked the No.1 "micro cities of the future" for 2009 - 2010. This ranking is based on several criteria including economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure, business friendliness and promotion strategy. The magazine, which follows issues that concern foreign investors, says in its April/May issue that Greenville has the top economic potential of any North American city of its size and the second-best business climate behind Wilmington, Del. Nancy Whitworth, Greenville's economic development director, quoted the ranking recognizes the community's work to ensure the city's reputation for a good business environment, particularly international investment. Hank Hyatt, the Greenville Chamber's vice president of economic development, agreed. "We already have the strength in international investment in the Upstate." The magazine said its judging criteria for economic potential includes population forecast, unemployment rate and foreign-direct investment, including projects within the high tech service and manufacturing sectors. (David Dykes - Business Editor - Greenville News 4/21/09)
2008 brought changing times for our America...election of a new president, mortgage buyouts/bailouts, ups and downs of Wall Street and the Dow. When transition is in place, it is human nature to stop our daily routines until we understand how our families and businesses are affected. During transitions, I reflect to the beginning of Lil Glenn Company, notice the improvements of downtown Greenville from 1992 to the present...how so much has changed but the roots remain the same. I recognize that good follows change, opportunities arise, and we embrace new beginnings. During 2008, the Glenn family added John David Hauser and Pearson Brody Glenn to our clan, we are proud and blessed with their presence. During changing times, we grab ones we love and ones who love us, remembering they are always our roots...just as each of you are for me. Lil Glenn Company, LLC is making a contribution for 2008 to Clements Kindness in honor of our clients, families and friends. Many hopes for a peaceful holiday season and many beginnings for 2009.