Cheerleading for Rocky Mount, NC


I love writing this blog. WordPress is the platform I use. If I drank, and I don’t, whoever stays up all night figuring out how to make it harder and less sense, causes me to say, “I’ll have a double sweet tea on the rocks!”

I was bummed because the number of followers WordPress showed hadn’t changed forever. Not too long ago the person who keeps track of such things must have showed up for work because a new number appeared. 1331 followers – now that’s more like it. If you read the blog regularly you know that I write (and talk on the podcast: anchor,fm/stepheny-houghtlin) about saving the commercial and residential architecture of Rocky Mount, NC; the point being that the benefits of preservation, restoration and repurposing are economic drivers in the revitalization of Rocky Mount. If you are involved with the revitalization of other Main Streets, we are all facing the same obstacles. After a few years of writing this blog,, people began to introduce me by saying, “This is Stepheny Houghtlin, she is our biggest Cheerleader.” I love this designation.

I look at the platforms I use on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Podcasting and Blogging as a big game board. I asked a college granddaughter, who was taking a social media class, to help me download the free WordPress program. (Younger people are now hard-wired with all the technology involved in social media.) I took that first step into the unknown and trusted I could learn how to navigate, with plenty of help, the mysteries of this vast communication tool. It is great fun and I’m getting better at promoting the passion I have that Rocky Mount’s Main Street and beyond can be the light in the sky for Eastern North Carolina. This is not some place you pass through on the train, but a destination.


I grew up outside Chicago with its magnificent architecture created by some of the greatest architects in the world. I think of myself as your keen observer, your researcher, your tour guide looking at the shotgun and bungalow housing in need of a new life. I am enthusiastic so you will be too. I believe in the downtown stakeholders and write about them, so you come to know them and support their businesses. I know you get sick to death talking about the City Council and City Management mistakes, but political junkie that I am, I’m there for you. There are moments you might be proud of or embarrassed by what I want to say out loud, but don’t. Things like. “Give it a rest!”

I get hopping mad over the doggy business that goes on. I send my cheerleading uniform to the cleaners while I recharge, but I always believe. We need everyone, black, white, polkadot, purple, green, it matters not, believing together to have a truly successful revitalization. I admit to a point of view that is saying in the case of the city council elections, IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE. You may hate politics but the reality in Rocky Mount is that if you are not involved in some way, you get what you’ve got. join the organization Preservation Rocky Mount for $20,a single membership. We can all honor and respect the past, but it is TODAY that matters when building a future that is significant.


2 thoughts on “Cheerleading for Rocky Mount, NC

  1. Stepheny, we read this blog and listen to your podcasts—we have since day one. As always you are spot on. In a perfect Rocky Mount, you would be the City Manager and rule the City Council making them do the work they were appointed or elected to. Though we now live far away we think of you often and remember the day you introduced yourself to us in the parlor of Stonewall Manor during the Christmas open house. Rocky Mount has so much potential; however, the graft and corruption veiled in racial strife blocks change. This racial strife is the creation of a few individuals—who are well known to us all—exclusively for the purpose of profiteering from oppressing their own people who they were elected to protect. Sadly, the City Manager fits right in with this pack of thieves—but then every gang of mercenaries has a leader. Be that as it may—your cheerleading has not gone unnoticed, and the citizens of Rocky Mount are learning from your words. One day they will vote for a change and the council and city manager will be on the first Amtrack out of town with a paid one way ticket to the state prison for embezzlement, obstruction of justice and criminal intent.


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