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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