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This SC city is on the rise, Southern Living says

Falls Creek, Liberty Bridge, Deca Apartments, Camperdown development, Reedy River, Peace Center

Falls Creek, Liberty Bridge, Deca Apartments, Camperdown development, Reedy River, Peace Center


It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all the accolades Greenville gets from national magazines via “best of” lists.

Friendliest, best place to work remotely, best downtown, best place to visit.

Now comes another, No. 1 southern city on the rise by Southern Living for 2022.

It beat out historic Alexandria, Virginia and coastal Fort Myers, Florida and an actually rising city Bowling Green, Kentucky, where a tornado ripped through the city in late 2021.

As is often the case, Greenville was noted for its restaurants. The city’s relatively small downtown has more than 100 restaurants, many of them homegrown, such as the Table 301 group (Soby’s and Nose Dive among them) and Rick Erwin’s, which has closed some of its restaurants recently and intends to relocate at least one. The dining group has not yet announced a new location for Nantucket Seafood, which has been in the Courtyard by Marriott next to City Hall since the hotel opened 12 years ago.

Southern Living called Greenville’s food scene a “culinary gold mine.”

The magazine also noted the downtown Falls Park on the Reedy, which hugs the Reedy River at Reedy River Falls in the Historic West End.

Last time Southern Living wrote about Greenville it was a bit more verbose, writing, “The walkable downtown, Instagrammable Main Street, and chef-driven culinary scene are easy draws. Foodies can choose from cuisines reflecting a variety of cultures, authentic barbecue and James Beard Award-nominated dishes.”

The magazine last year also wrote about public art, the Peace Center for the Performing Arts and the Artisphere festival and suggested walking the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, visiting the eclectic M. Judson bookstore and taking in a Greenville Drive baseball game, which returns this weekend for a new season.

Conde Nast named Greenville the friendliest city in the country. Twice. It was also named the sixth best small city. Charleston was No. 1. Both cities have been on that list for 10 years.

Greenville was also listed as No. 9 on Money magazine’s list of places to work remotely.

Most of the lists come from votes by readers of those magazines.

Other Southern Living 2022 cities on the rise were No. 2 Raleigh, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Franklin, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama; Alexandria, Virginia; Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Myers, Florida; Alpharetta, Georgia; Bentonville, Arkansas; Frisco, Texas; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Sandy Springs, Georgia; Lynchburg, Virginia and No. 15 Metairie, Louisiana.

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