Forum tackles growth, gentrification in Greenville


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A forum Wednesday night is starting the discussion about how Greenville can keep growing, while still including everyone.

Downtown Greenville is full of new businesses, stores and restaurants – but just a few miles away, others live much differently says Darian Blue, Pastor of Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church and Executive Director of the Phillis Wheatley Association.

“I think all of us have a responsibility to extend our hands and extend our hearts to help lift everybody up,” Blue explained.

He recently wrote about the topic in a post on LinkedIn. It went viral with more than 30 thousand views.

“This is a conversation that has to be had,” said Blue. “It’s not a knock against Greenville, because Greenville is a great place, but I think it’s a conversation that we have to have as a community, as one community.”

That subject is at the center of a community forum Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre. Director of Education, Mallory Pellegrino says they are organizing the discussion that ties in with their production of Urinetown, which draws on a similar message.

“The job of the forums is to bring the main stage of the Warehouse Theatre to Main Street,” Pellegrino said. “Art is a really great way to explore issues that we have as humans and communities. They’re a great way to talk about them. Art can be and should be entertaining but it should also make us question and think.”

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