Things We Love About the North Main Community

The Board Members of the North Main Community Association (NMCA) are often asked what is special or important about the community.  While we are usually able to come up with answers, they are usually bits and pieces of the whole story.  What we want to do, with your help, is create a document for our website and our members about what makes our neighborhood special.  There are some things, like the dogwoods in the median of North Main Street that we know will be on the list.  But we suspect that there are many local landmarks and features we do not know, and would love to discover. Long-time residents probably know what they like, but new residents will appreciate knowing what they’ve ‘lucked into’.

So, send us your ideas by using the comments section below, email, or even the USPS.  You can send lists, stories, nominations, historic or modern photographs, or all of the above.

Some ground rules.

  1. It must be in the North Main boundaries. Note that this includes Earle Street and the businesses on North Main, Rutherford, Stone Avenue, and the Mohawk/Wade Hampton area.
  2. The nominations or suggestions may be buildings, parks, individual properties, landscape features, views, or even significant individual people. The nominations may also include businesses like the Northgate Soda Shop.
  3. Nominations should be specific, and should give a clear location if possible. Giving a reason why something is loved, or telling a brief story, is as important as just having the name of something.
  4. Please do not use this site to voice complaints or things you don’t like. For that, please go to the ‘Got a Gripe’ link to the left.

Links to boundary map and email are above, and USPS address is:

North Main Community Association (or just  NMCA)
P.O. Box 571
Greenville, SC 29602

The Board will sort through the list, and try to bring some order to it. We hope to send a report out in the June newsletter with a first draft and requests for help to fill in details. We hope to finalize the list and have a draft of a final product by October.

A final note. While this is called “50 Things We Love,” there is nothing magical about the number fifty. If the list grows to 100, so be it. Let us know!


Things We Love About the North Main Community
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20 thoughts on “Things We Love About the North Main Community

  • March 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The best things about North Main are the old-growth trees, the curbs and sidewalks, and the sense of community.

  • March 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I love the way allot of drivers ignore the speed limit sign on North Main and go as fast as they can to the point I am taking my life in my hands when backing out of my driveway .

    • March 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Please use this space for things or places you like about the neighborhood. We have a place on the home page for ‘gripes’. If you post there, we’ll see that it gets the attention of the proper person. Thank you.

  • March 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I like the proximity to the North Main Rotary Park. Also, the Bobby Pearse Community Center and the programs they offer that are so accessible.

  • March 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I love the fact that we are located within walking distance to downtown and that we are also on the trolley route.

  • March 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I love the dogwoods in the median of North Main Street. It is just about time for them to bloom. There is no other street like it that I have seen anywhere!

  • March 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I love having Horizon Records and the “Boho” (Bohemian Cafe) in our neighborhood and walkable for many people. The free live music performances on the Bohemian stage are a great bonus for live music fans.

    I love the fact that we have a pretty wide variety of incomes and house types in the North Main community. Diversity is a good thing! And aren’t bungalows the coolest?

    I love having a city park in the middle of our neighborhood. The creek runs through it…

  • March 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I love the view every morning when I drive down North Main Street, through the light at Earle Street on my way to turn left onto Stone Ave. You get the full downtown view all at once. It reminds me every day how lucky I am to live in a city where I can afford to own my own home so close to downtown.

  • March 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I love the old trees and shade. The Northgate Soda Shop is known for its infamous pimento cheese burger. The Other Side for its cold beer and wine.

    N. Main is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright house(Avondale) and to Albert Einstein’s sisters house on Randall.(Albert walked the streets of N Main and nephew Haus went to Furman. Also Charleston developer remodeled house on Randall St for a TV Show-Flip this House. The Henry Middleton house on Earle.

    Earle St has granite curbs.

    Max Heller lived on Pinehurst.
    The organic garden on Bennett st.
    The Strawberries or something like that? that did art for Belk Simpson ads lived on Croft.
    A fair amount of Greeks lived on Croft St in 60’s.
    Max Heller’s old house is on Croft.

    The “pink house” on Hillcrest was the Belk Simpson house.
    “Old Greenville” went to Stone School.

    I love Boehemian(old Blue Dog Cafe), The Drop In Store and Horizon records.
    The Springwood cementery – where British Author John Dickson is buried.
    There was an Italian restaurant where Rite Aid is now on hill.

  • March 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Yoga at the Bobby Pearse Center!

  • March 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I love the sidewalks! I love seeing so many active people in North Main neighborhood walking their dogs, pushing grandchildren in strollers and riding bikes to school. North Main is good for the heart! 😉

  • March 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

    We love the rotary park and community center! Native plantings, creek, amphitheater and the sound of games.

    Most of all, we love our neighbors.

    Can’t help but mention Community Tap and Stone Plaza is a great destination, anytime!

  • May 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I love hearing the sound of the ice cream truck in the summer. Reminds me of my childhood.

  • June 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    What’s not to love about North Main Area? It has a sense of dignity that keeps on being here. We have lived here for almost 42 years and find something new to enjoy on a continuing basis. The beautiful yards with seasonal flowering makes North Main Area Greenville’s “Secret Garden.” Love the people who live here and the great care most give to upkeep of homes and yards. It’s proximity to anything one needs is a top asset. Schools and churches also add to its charm.

  • June 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I love the diversity! There is no cookie cutter appearance about our houses and streets or our people.

  • June 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The amazing topography of the N. Main area sets it apart from many other older neighborhoods and adds another dimension of interest and excitement to living here. Traveling north and cresting the hill of N. Main at Hillcrest is always thrilling for me, especially during the winter months when Piney Mountain is visible straight ahead.

  • June 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I love sitting on our front porch, waving at the handful of cars that go by in a day — and yet being less than a mile from a thriving, lively, lovely downtown. I love tending my vegetable garden and enjoying my 100-foot oak, while being able to hop the trolley to some of the best restaurants in the country. I love being able to ride my bike and walk my dog on the tree-lined streets to great places like Bohemian, Handlebar, the Soda Shop and Shinola. Mostly I love living in the best neighborhood in the best little city/big town in the U.S.!

  • June 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    We love the number of chicken coops being built in our neighborhood!

    We (the two boys ages 1 and 3) love watching all the construction equipment at the Mountainview Ave. site.

    Even better, we (same two boys) like watching the dump truck and front loader, the recycle truck and the giant elephant-leaf-collector doing their jobs.

    We love that the shade from all the mature oaks helps us keep our energy bills down.

    Finally, we love our neighbors.

  • June 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I grew up in North Main. Left the state for about twelve years. Came back to North Main in the ’80’s. Love the eclectic make-up. Love to sit on my screen porch and hear the sounds of North Main. I am a serious walker and I always find myself with a smile on my face each time I walk. I vow to never leave North Main again!

  • June 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Yoga at Bobby Pearse Community Center

    The new look at Stone’s Point

    Community Tap

    Bike Lanes on North Main
    Sharrows on Bennett/Summit

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