Many newcomers to the Greenville, SC area might not realize the impact that one man had, on the City of Greenville. After all, downtown Greenville wasn’t always as nice as it currently is.
In 1971, Max Heller was elected Mayor of Greenville. Shortly after his election, amidst boarded up storefronts, Heller spearheaded a plan to narrow Main Street from four lanes to two. This initial plan also included the planting of trees along Main Street, and even the downtown Hyatt.
This is just a very small part of Max Heller’s impact on the City of Greenville, but as you can see, these relatively “simple” changes, truly make downtown Greenville what it is today. I could not personally imagine downtown Greenville as a four lane road, in fact, the quaintness of the downtown area is what I first fell in love with. I continue to tell people that Greenville has a small-town feel with big city amenities.
So, next time you downtown, be sure to visit the Max Heller memorial at 233 N. Main Street, across from the Hyatt.
Max Heller passed away on June 13th. He was 92 years old.