When a Raleigh developer announced last week his plan to redevelop several downtown properties for office and retail space, he did so with a carefully crafted vision in two directions. Holton Wilkerson’s investment in the future success of downtown Greenville, while preserving and emphasizing the architectural integrity of its past, is reflective of a positive revitalization movement in America.
Downtown urban renewal projects of the 1960s and ’70s took on a misguided attempt to modernize older buildings. As downtown shopping districts were driven to keep pace with malls and suburban sprawl, architectural design mostly took a backseat.
Older buildings were covered with metal facades. Windows were closed off with more modern styles of brick. Upper levels once thriving with office and residential space were left to gather dust. Those renewal efforts, having run their course, left downtown districts a confused hodge-podge of old, new and downright ugly.
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