North Carolina's third largest city with a population of almost 260,000, Greensboro is rich in history and the arts, as well as sports and entertainment. Located near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains as well as the Atlantic and Outer Banks beaches, Greensboro is a convenient meeting point for business meetings and conventions. The three cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point form a metropolitan area called the Piedmont Triad.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
The neighborhoods in Greensboro do not have official borders. Many of the neighborhoods have been defined by platted subdivisions, while others were villages before becoming a part of the city. Greensboro neighborhoods are divided into the following sections:
- North: Lake Jeanette, Fisher Park Breadth, Irving Park, Latham Park, Bur-Mil Park and New Irving Park.
- South: Adams Farm, Sedgefield Breadth, Grandover, Asheboro Square, Ole Asheboro and Southside.
- East: Aycock, Willow Oaks, Dudley Heights, White Oak New Town and Old L. Richardson.
- West: College Hill Breadth, Hamilton Lakes, Glenwood Breadth, Lindley Park, Jefferson Woods, Starmount Forest, Starmount, The Cardinal, Sunset Hills and Westerwood.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
The economy in Greensboro is home to many corporate headquarters, including:
- Lorillard Tobacco Company
- Volvo Trucks of North America
- Honda Aircraft Company
- AIG United Guaranty
- International Textile Group
- RF Micro Devices
- New Bridge Bank and Carolina Bank
The city has long been known as a textile and tobacco stomping ground, but it has also recently grown by attracting nanotech and transportation sectors to the city. A new research park, established by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina & State University, seeks to support economic development and research within the Triad and attract agencies that will advance educational and scientific research and technology.
FedEx is opening a mid-Atlantic air-cargo and sorting hub at the Piedmont Triad International airport, after extensive community efforts to block the project. The facility will strengthen the region's economy, especially in the transportation sector.
Greensboro is known for its gardens:
- The Bog Garden, which is accessed via an elevated boardwalk, includes a half-mile of plants and wildlife thriving in a wetland-like ecosystem.
- The Bicentennial Garden was created to celebrate the country's bicentennial and includes sculptures, a pavilion, a beautiful garden and paved trails.
- Greensboro Arboretum provides a large collection of plants for enjoyment and study. It is a 17-acre site featuring 12 plant collections and gardens. including a fountain, arbor, overlook, bridges, gazebo and benches.
Other Greensboro attractions include:
- The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park commemorates the Battle of Guilford Court House, a battle that led to America's victory during the Revolutionary War.
- The Reed African American Heritage Museum is located on the campus of North Carolina & State University. It houses some of the most well-known and acclaimed collections of African culture in the world. This museum has more than 3,500 pieces from 30 African nations, Haiti and New Guinea.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
- The Carolina Theatre is one of the most well-known performing-arts facilities in North Carolina. A piece of Downtown Greensboro since 1926, it has been the home of the Greensboro Ballet, Livestock Players Musical Theatre and the Community Theatre of Greensboro.
- City Arts has productions by groups such as the Music Center, Greensboro Concert Band, Greensboro Children's Theatre and Philharmonia of Greensboro.
- The Greensboro Cultural Center houses five art galleries, rehearsal halls, 25 visual and performing arts organizations, an outdoor amphitheater and a restaurant.
- The Greensboro Coliseum Complex hosts everything from concerts to sporting events, fairs and trade shows. It has hosted important sporting events, such as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) basketball tournament and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
- The World War Memorial Stadium is one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the nation. Built in 1926, it is still used by collegiate teams and for special events.
Most sports fans in Greensboro watch college sports or follow the sports teams that frequent the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. However, Greensboro itself can choose to "root" for two professional teams:
- Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball South Atlantic League (Northern Division), a minor league baseball team that has been the farm team for the Florida Marlins since 2003. Many big-name baseball players have played here (i.e. Derek Jeter, Curt Schilling, etc.).
- Carolina Dynamo is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL) and plays in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. They play at Macpherson Stadium in Browns Summit, North Carolina, just 10 miles north of Greensboro.
- The Eastern Music Festival combines six weeks of professional concerts by some of the world's most accomplished musicians, along with an intensive training program for music students.
- African American Heritage Extravaganza Family Festival pays tribute to African American heritage and is known as a fun and educational experience.
- Carolina Film and Video Festival seeks to offer filmmakers their first break while providing the Greensboro community with animated, documentary, narrative and experimental films.
Greensboro houses public, private and four- and two-year institutions. In addition to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, other colleges and universities include:
- Bennett College for Women
- Guilford College
- ECPI College of Technology
- Strayer University
- Brookstone College
- Elon University School of Law
- Greensboro College