The Vista that was ...

April 25, 2013 

Urban renewal takes a toll.

And things go out of business.

Gone in the past 25 years are:

• The Silver Star and the Amtrak station

•  The Central Correctional Institution, now home to the CanalSide neighborhood

•  Palmetto Candy & Tobacco, open on Lincoln Street for 98 years before it closed last year

•  Hinson Feed & Seed, at 912 Lady St., now home to several businesses, including City Art Gallery. Out-of-town farmers selling their crops at the old farmers market on Assembly Street once camped at the site, beside three natural springs, one of which still runs through the basement of the building.

• The old ice plant overlooking Sidney (now Finlay) Park

•  The Kline Iron and Steel iron works at Huger and Gervais

•  Charlton Hall auction house on Gervais Street

•  Andries Van Dam’s antique shop off Gervais, where the nightclub Social is now

•  Beulah’s, a popular blues joint on Lincoln that closed in 2001

•  The Thieves Market antique shop on Blossom Street, where USC’s Greek Village is now

• Owen Steel Co., across Blossom from the Thieves Market

•  The tin-roofed cotton storehouses behind the Carolina Coliseum

•  Hiller Hardware on Assembly – and the one on Lady

•  The Gibbes Volkswagen machinery plant and showroom, at Blossom and Assembly, now home to the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center

•  The trolleys

•  The railroad trestle

•  Lewis + Clark’s Meteor art gallery on Lincoln

•  The Sterling Garden Center on Senate Street, off Huger Street

•  Grice’s Market, an open-air place to buy vegetables and flowers, on Huger near Senate

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