For more than a century, Spartanburg's Southside was the setting for a vibrant district of African-American-owned businesses and homes. During the 1970s, federally-funded urban renewal projects changed the face of the Southside, as many older houses and shops were razed.
In the midst of a larger Southside renaissance, the South Converse Street neighborhood today remains an important link to the past. Original single-family homes remain, including a number of impressive historic structures, and residents continue to feel a strong sense of pride and unity. South Converse is a short walk to Pine Street Elementary School, enjoys easy access to the Mary Black Rail Trail, is home to the Mary Wright Greenway and the recently upgraded South Converse Park, and is only a few minutes from downtown Spartanburg. It’s also a place where new homebuyers can find great value – but still enjoy being part of an established and thriving community.