Former milltown Greenville, S.C., has been rejuvenated by a thriving cultural scene; average home prices have risen over 20% in the past three years

“The artsy vibe took root in 2005 with an annual, three-day festival called Artisphere, says Alan Ethridge, executive director of Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council, which now has an annual budget of $2 million.

An annual open studio that included 48 artists 10 years ago now has 144 artists. The three-year-old Greenville Center for Creative Arts, housed in an old textile mill, has raised almost $2 million and has more than 45 instructors now.”


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