LETTER: A vision for a better Greenville
Monday, August 28, 2017
For too long, Greenville and the East Carolina region have stood in the shadow of other North Carolina cities such as Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte — I say no more. While it’s true, the aforementioned cities are more populated and overall developed, Greenville must rally behind the idea of a forward thinking community.
Former Mayor Allen Thomas set forth an agenda that brought about much physical change to the city. From constructing the first parking garages the city has ever had to promoting construction of the 10th Street Connector, he did well, and our next mayor must carry that baton to bring about more change.
Portland, Ore., has the one and only metropolitan government in the country which acts as an authority across its entire metropolitan area. Greenville, Wilson, Kinston, and Washington should consider such an idea. Greenville and Wilson should not be competing for manufacturing facilities, but rather acting in concert to attract the facilities, for Greenville boasts ECU while Wilson boasts I-95, both of which are great selling points.
The aforementioned cities could, in theory, work together to build an attraction such as zoo to draw more attention to our region. Greenville prides itself for having a major hospital, but doesn’t do well with wellness and prevention, that could be a focus of this metropolitan government.
Greenville, unfortunate as it is to say, will not be able to compete with the great cities of North Carolina by herself, but if we act in concert with our neighbors and truly embrace the image of what we are (a town with a large hospital and major university), then we could make a good community, a great city.