I have never heard someone from Charlotte say "I went to Greensboro the other day and their roller coasters are so cool."
I have never heard someone from Raleigh say "I was in Greensboro yesterday and the mall there is so cool."
I have heard people from both cities (and others) say "I was in Greensboro last weekend and South Elm Street is so cool!" In fact, I know some folks who enjoy a get-away weekend here to enjoy the art galleries, coffee shops, theatres, and restaurants...in the kind of urban environment that is rare in North Carolina. South Elm Street has made Greensboro cool.
The News and Record's Jeri Rowe wrote two great articles on our eclectic South Elm Street, the heart of the Old Greensboro Historic District. He captured the spirit of the neighborhood, including the blend of uses, attitudes, backgrounds, and architecture (image, right) that is special to that part of downtown. The photo essay by Jerry Wolford is fantastic. If you are not from Greensboro...or you don't take the paper, it's worth a perusal.
I am inspired to clarify the characteristics of a family of buildings that exist along South Elm Street that I pointed out to Jeri in our discussion. I am not aware of any other buildings in the state that have the same features. To my knowledge they are unique to the Gate City. Maybe later this week if I have some time.