Patterson sees parallels between Greenville and her hometown of Pittsburgh, which have “both been through some great revitalizations in the past, I would say, 10 to 15 years. It’s amazing to see pictures of Greenville before. … And a lot of people, when you say, ‘Pittsburgh,’ have that picture in their head of the old steel town, and smog. And it’s not like that anymore.”
Jamie Patterson is a trailing spouse. Her husband is from Upstate South Carolina. Now is a good time to move back home. Greenville is booming.
Luckily for her husband, Patterson gets Greenville. In every Rust Belt city I've visited, I feel at home. Portland, Austin, and even Denver don't excite me. You can have your Emerald City. I prefer Rust Belt Chic.