Sears sees traffic as No. 1 problem facing city of Clemson
By Greg Oliver
CLEMSON — Arthur Sears has been a Clemson resident for nearly 20 years but his roots go back even farther.
Sears said his education began as a student at Central Elementary School, and he then attended Edwards Junior High School, now Edwards Middle, the first year it was built in the early 1970s. Although he later graduated from Greenwood High School and went on to earn his degree from the University of South Carolina, Sears has spent the majority of his life in Clemson and wants to make it better as a city council candidate.
“Traffic is the No. 1 problem in the city of Clemson,” Sears said. “But the transportation framework is already in place from the past council meetings and future partners in the transportation industry. Thus, the future of transportation is already in place and the voters will now decide the type of future for Clemson traffic.”
After receiving his Masters in International Management from American Graduate School of International Management in 1999, Sears earned his doctorate degree at Udon Thani Rajabhat University in Thailand in 2010. A 40-year teacher and entrepreneur, Sears owns and operates a day spa in Clemson.
Sears said he supports the concept of reduced parking in the downtown area.
“Downsizing is part of the answer, and let me tell you why,” he said. “The recent Gallup Poll says that citizens are spending less time driving to work, opting for more public means of transportation. I predict in the next four years a monorail running from Amtrak to the downtown area along College Avenue will be in the city. The city of Clemson will be the center of the hub working with its partners Clemson University and Amtrak and other local partners to provide future jobs in the local community and future graduates from Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University and Tri-County Technical College. This gives the citizens a much wider choice to be mobile in terms of future jobs and future housing.”
When asked about other issues facing council, Sears said it depends on council’s schedule.
“One thing is for certain — change is taking place,” Sears said. “Walk downtown along College Avenue, then look up and you can see the skyline is changing already, with many more changes to come. I expect the next four years, there will be many proposals from many new partners and many new stories to tell from the citizens of Clemson.”
Sears said no matter what the future holds for Clemson, it is important that city council listen to its residents.
“This is the first step in critical listening,” he said. “Every citizen has a story to tell, and they are all important. I promise to always perform critical listening to every story or proposal in order to treat everyone with respect and dignity.”
Despite the changes taking place in the city, many of which have not been looked upon favorably by residents, Sears said he has a good feeling about Clemson and what the future holds.
“I am very optimistic about the next four years and the future of Clemson building on its past work on the council and bringing it into the future,” Sears said. “It’s a privilege and an opportunity to offer to work on the council. Together, we are playing an active role in the development of Clemson City Hub.”
Sears said anyone interested in following him can do so on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at “syujengchyang.”
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