Over the years, certain buildings and structures have become synonymous with the Vista – from Adluh Flour Mill’s blinking neon sign to the Carolina Coliseum.
Now, those longstanding icons have been joined by others in recent years. with a few fast becoming landmarks for a new era.
Colonial Life Arena. Largest arena in the state and the 10th-largest, on-campus basketball facility in the nation, with 18,000 seats. Opened in 2002 and has attracted Jimmy Buffett, Prince and Pearl Jam. More than 30,000 people alone come each year for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Publix. Who knew the opening of a grocery store could be such an event, but when the doors swung wide at the Vista Publix in 2004, the store in the old Confederate Printing Plant helped usher in a new era of residential development on Lady and Gervais streets and became an example of successful historic preservation.
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The Tunnel. Also referred to as the “cut through,” the Vista Greenway bike and pedestrian path opened in 2012. It follows a 100-year-old railroad bed and passes through a 600-foot-long former railroad tunnel that connects Lincoln and Lady streets to Finlay Park. Phase 2 will stretch to Elmwood Avenue and other city trails.