Greenville is at an important crossroads, and this election is a tipping point for the future of Greenville. While enjoying the fruits of strong planning and visionary leadership over the years, Greenville must not rest of its laurels. We must have the courage to plan to continue our growth deliberately and intentionally, and be smart about planning for our future to continue to thrive.
The platform for my campaign focuses on smart growth, affordable housing, and multi-modal transportation options.
My Vision for Greenville
Intentional and Sustainable Growth. Growth and new development are necessary for Greenville to move forward as a world-class city, but growth also puts a strain on our infrastructure and the charm of our city.
My vision is to increase local control over roads, sewer, storm water, and infrastructure. Update and enforce design guidelines for construction at the neighborhood level and ensure that parking and traffic management are considered in building decisions.
Affordable and Workforce Homes. Few people who work in our restaurants, hotels, schools, and in public service can currently afford to live within the Downtown district where they are employed due to unaffordable new housing complexes and rising property taxes.
My vision is to create permanent, dedicated funding for affordable housing and maximize public-private partnerships in planning and building housing all can afford.
Transportation and Connectivity. Many people in Greenville find it challenging to get where they need to go because our bus system is woefully inadequate. Historically, Greenville has not invested as much in its public transportation system as other communities of our size.
My vision is to devote resources and equitable funding for transportation, and create viable, alternative transportation options including pedestrian corridors, walking and bike trails, and other alternatives to automobiles to tackle growing traffic problems and resident connections.
Parks and Public Spaces. Beautiful parks and public spaces are how Greenville is different from many other communities. The public spaces in the Downtown area are breath-taking and highly utilized. Anyone who has spent time in Falls Park or on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail has seen how these public spaces bring people from every walk of life together. Not only do Greenville’s parks create places for people in Greenville to gather, but they also create a critical sense of place.
My vision is to continue the commitment to parks and public gathering spaces throughout the city, including trails, pocket parks, and the new city park being developed on the west side.
Safe and Authentic Neighborhoods. As Greenville grows, we need to find ways to preserve the unique personalities and histories of our neighborhoods. Simply tearing down swaths of neighborhoods and constructing generic complexes with no green spaces or gathering places can destroy the sense of community and in an area. An additional part of this is ensuring that our neighborhoods are safe.
My vision is to preserve the unique personalities and histories of neighborhoods and to work with neighborhood associations, law enforcement, and the community to ensure neighborhoods are safe.
Long-Term Plan for the Future. Greenville must not just rest on its accolades. We must develop a strong strategy for our future.
My vision is to develop a comprehensive and usable long term comprehensive plan that ensures our continued growth with focus and vision, and provides for a city where all will thrive.