We chose to buy a house in this particular neighborhood due to several reasons. The proximity to downtown Greenville (walking distance), Stone Elementary and a stable property market were three important reasons, however my first and foremost was the green. Not dollars that is (although translated into dollars in terms of heating and cooling costs), but trees, nature. An established neighborhood dotted with parks, the streets are lined with mature trees. In backyards you’ll find kitchen gardens, chicken coops, bee hives and more trees. The residents appreciate the 50-100 year old trees for the air they filter, the shade they bring in the summer lowering the temperature by a good 10 degrees, the protection from wind and frost in the winter boosting heating efficiency, and the aesthetic value. The wildlife value in this urban forest is unarguable; whether it’s the birdsong with your morning coffee, or the hawks and snakes keeping the rodent population down, little creatures of all sorts live in this neighborhood right along with the humans.
|A typical street - currently the branches are bare of leaves|
|On the plus side, one tree has been planted|
The city of Greenville is at fault, for not having zoning ordinances in place to protect a unique, historic area of what is a booming town in the Upstate. The North Main area is historically significant, as it is the first residential area of the city, boasting one of the oldest homes in Greenville which dates to 1813. The residents are just as guilty, of not taking notice of these drastic changes to our area until it is the property across the street being subdivided and paved over. I am responsible, for not speaking up earlier for fear of offending some of my new neighbors. But something has to be done; we are losing the very essence of our neighborhood, those things which make it unique and appealing. What can we do?
2. Contact your District 1 Representative, Amy Ryberg Doyle.
PO Box 2207, Greenville, SC 29602
Also, the North Main Community Association has a list of contact information for various city officials, the city of Greenville lists these city service request links.
3. When replacing diseased or downed trees, take into consideration: the species, is it native, will it provide shade, does it provide wildlife benefits.
4. Participate in local community meetings, be aware of what is taking place in your neighborhood, and understand that while today it might be “that street a few blocks down”, tomorrow it might be you.