Greenwood streets and roads were substantial news topics this week.
It should come as no surprise, given the growth of the Festival of Discovery and especially following last year’s successful inaugural street closure, that once again Main Street will be closed for the duration of this year’s event in July. Given the substantial footprint the barbecue competitors put on the Uptown area, along with the multiple venues on both sides of Main Street that will be home to the various Blues Cruise performers the whole weekend, it only makes sense that the state Department of Transportation work hand in hand with the city in helping ensure a safe festival weekend.
Thousands will be milling around on either side of Main Street during the days, sampling food, talking with cooking teams and listening to music. At night, thousands will venture Uptown to enjoy the multiple performers that make up the Blues Cruise part of the festival. Safety is paramount, and so it is wise that Main Street be closed during the weekend, July 10-13. While there are speed limits posted, anyone who has spent any time Uptown knows all too well that people often exceed 40 mph as they breeze through town. During festival weekend, that is a disaster waiting to happen. If Uptown is merely a pass-through point and not a destination point during Festival of Discovery, then it only makes sense passers-by be rerouted to keep traffic down while also keeping our festival goers and competitors safer.


Street names also were a topic during last week’s Greenwood City Council meeting. For the sake of consistency, Hampton Street likely will officially become Hampton Avenue, as it is generally known anyway, on a second reading of an ordinance to make the change. The change will not affect the delivery of mail, city officials said, as apparently the U.S. Postal Service needs no distinction between Hampton Avenue and Hampton Street. In what sounds like a slightly more complicated move, council is poised to rename Fuller Street, making it Wright Avenue. City officials said the name change is for the same reason as the Hampton name-change plan. And once again, officials said, the name change would have no impact on the ability of the postal service to deliver mail as people living on Fuller have been operating as residents of Wright.
Got that? Yes, we find it a bit confusing, but not from the vantage point of the city planning staff. We find it confusing because we have often wondered how a piece of mail clearly marked with a correct address can wind up in the strangest places. Here at the Index-Journal, for example, we were told several years ago that any mail sent to us must have the post office box address or it will be returned as undeliverable. OK, fair enough. We do have a post office box and that is our official mailing address. But for years, people mailed us at 610 Phoenix St., our physical address, and the mail was delivered. Oddly enough, some mail has been addressed simply as “Index-Journal, Greenwood, SC” and arrived safely and quickly in our postal box while mail addressed as “Index-Journal, 610 Phoenix St., Greenwood, SC 29646” has meandered back to the Greenville post office and then back to the sender. To us, it is only logical that if “Index-Journal” and “Greenwood, SC” are in the address, it should stand a good chance of being delivered to the newspaper. There’s only one “Index-Journal” in Greenwood, S.C. There’s also only one “Hampton,” but if you include the county addresses, Fuller shows up more than once. Thank goodness, Wright does not.
All that aside, we are wondering when and if the city will revisit another roadway renaming. Talk about confusion, it doesn’t get any more confusing than the seemingly schizophrenic Main Street and its multiple personalities as Calhoun, Hampton, Montague and even Montague Avenue Extension. Main Street will do. And while that would do much to alleviate confusion among travelers, we know it would result in a need for address changes so as not to confuse postal workers.