How is Downtown Greenville's Image Impacted By Recent Crime?

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

The sun might be shining in downtown Greenville Wednesday but for many light will not blur how they're feeling about the shooting that just occurred.

Susanne Sartelle, the President of The Greenville Chamber of Commerce says "This is something we've been dealing with for months, every time a shooting happens in this community it is a deep and dark tragedy, it is not the reputation we want for Greenville."

Sartelle has been hard at work with city officials trying to improve downtown Greenville marketed as Uptown Greenville, a neighborhood some store owners say is a great place to set up shop.

Delia Liuzza, the owner of Tipsy Teapot downtown says "Good businesses are already here, good businesses coming in, good people, a good place."

Both Sartelle and Liuzza say they're horrified by the double murder but hope it won't negatively impact the way residents feel about the area and the community finds comfort in some of the more positive things this neighborhood has to offer.

Sartelle did mention the crime rate in downtown Greenville is not statistically worse than other cities its size but adds in a perfect world we would have no crime, that's why she hopes local police address the issue.

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  • by Mark Location: Greenville on Jul 4, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Down town GV has always had the type of reputation. It won't change unless they clean up the surrounding areas!! I don't know many people that go down town , its like all the other southern down town enviroments. crime infested and run down. You can paint it pretty and put open a coffee shop....its still a dump
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    TruthBTold, it wont take 6 months. More like a couple or weeks if that long.
  • by scott Location: leonard on Jul 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    I am surprised by this article that it attempts to put a pos. spin on what happened. No one wants to visit, live, work in a place that they may get shot. Clean it up!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    I wouldn't want to send my child to ECU with the uncontrolled robbery and murder going on in Greenville and I'm a diehard Pirate fan. With ECU gaining national recognition for it's football, baseball, and Medical School, we need national recognition for crime prevention. Yes, it does affect the local economy.
  • by TruthBTold on Jul 1, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    The sad thing is that this kind of thing will happen again within the next 6 months.
  • by tj elliott Location: greenville, n.c. on Jul 1, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Has anyone read the court judgements in the daily reflector? I am never sure what the area judges are thinking when they impose light sentencing on offenders with multiple offenses. and why do they not list who the presiding judge was at each hearing? Hummm.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 1, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    THUGVILLE.THUGVILLE.THUGVILLE. Do not enter without a good sidearm.It will be like Beirut before long when you will need a AK or M-16 just to go downtown. They should just call in a AC130 and let them take care of the problem.
  • by Dave on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    Gunville will only continue to get worse. It's ashame that our elected officials are doing nothing about it.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Jul 1, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    To bad the people of this town could not do something about this problem.
  • by Ha Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Recent crime? That is laughable. I think that greenville will only get worst unless we find a NEW chief of police that can get things under control. The officers do NOT respect their superior and its evident that they are all only going through the motions to get paid. Wake Up PITT CO! It will get worst. Get off your bums and start making a difference with who you have in the city council. I think its time for clearing the house from the Mayor to the City Manager and elect officials that are full of NEW ideas and grow greenville to a city that everyone can be proud of. I personally cannot wait to get out of here if nothing is going to be done about the current leadership,or lack of, in this town.
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