Please note that this is a previously unpublished feature article. I’m posting it here to reflect on my hometown’s industrial and cultural heritage. In addition, this article is to acknowledge and remember the vision of the late Lynn Stephenson.

In my hometown, community was a lifestyle long before smart codes, transects, and pattern books.  Like many others across the South, my hometown, Rock Hill, a city of roughly 50,000 citizens in the central upstate of South Carolina, grew up around the textile industry.  Working at a textile mill meant living and working in a tight-knit self-sufficient community.  The mills were community, in a way much unlike what we know today.  Generations of families were often employed at the same time in the same mill. [...]