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Northside Rising: The road from master plan to inclusive development

Thursday, September 16

How a community-led planning process led to today’s development boom on Spartanburg’s Northside


Note: Later this year, the Northside Development Group will mark its 10th year since it was founded to be a land bank to guide development and protect the community’s interests on the Northside. The NDG partnered with the Northside Voyageurs, Northside residents and the City of Spartanburg to launch the Northside Initiative, the most comprehensive neighborhood revitalization effort in the city’s history. To mark this moment, the City has been sharing a series of stories and podcasts about the Northside Initiative. You can check out part one of our podcast series here and part two here.

If you've driven down Howard Street lately in Spartanburg's Northside neighborhood, you've undoubtedly seen a lot of construction. How did all of that happen and what does it mean for the neighborhood and the people who live there?


Well, it starts with a plan, takes a detour with a legal tussle with a billionaire NFL owner over control of one of Spartanburg's most challenging substandard apartment complexes, and ends with an inclusive development boom that will see a long-depopulated Northside filling again, this time as a mixed-income model for growth and sustainability that uplifts both those who call the area home and Spartanburg as a whole.


Today on the final installment of our Northside Rising podcast series, we're taking a look at the story of the neighborhood from 2014's master planning process to today's revitalization-in-progress. Listen below for more. 


Want to listen to our podcast on the go? You can find us on SpotifyiTunesStitcher or search "Spartanburg City News" in your favorite podcast app. Theme music provided by Spartanburg singer-songwriter, David Ezell.