“Clearly we are growing,” said Barry Nocks, a professor emeritus and former director of Clemson University’s Graduate City and Regional Planning Program. “It’s a matter of more vehicle miles traveled, and that simply leads to more pollutants from cars, and with more congestion, travel is slower, so that makes it worse.”
In the last year or so people have come out claiming that we’re slowly losing our luster, pointing to the “space available” signs that have been popping up periodically on Main Street. It would be irresponsible to sit and ignore this observation.
Haywood merchants (including the mall) generated a whopping 62% of all gross retail sales within the city limits in the early 2000s while the eateries along Haywood Road added another 22% in restaurant sales according to the plan that, released in August 2009, is finally coming to fruition, Misiaveg and city leaders say.