Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:

The talk around town – Basketball, New Leadership and Housing

The overall #1 seed team in the tournament WINS! Well, that’s what the ladies in my story would say.  Some years ago, I drove from Chapel Hill to Durham to the beauty shop. Waiting my turn during the NCAA Tournament, … Continue reading

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Reasons Why This Housing Development Game Should be Cancelled – A Team of Ineligible Players – Part 2

Many years ago Princeton University’s basketball team came to Chicago to play the DePaul Blue Demons, coached by Ray Meyer. My husband (a Princeton graduate) and I went off to see the game. Princeton’s slow and deliberate offense was in … Continue reading

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Hold Up A Minute -This Downtown Housing Plan on Tarborro St. Is Not a ‘Zion’ Slam Dunk – Part 1

It’s been a great weekend for shotgun houses after publishing on Saturday morning my belief that they are a preferable alternative to government-owned housing. Social Media got busy commenting on what I’d written and added additional ideas and wonderful support for … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need More Low Income Housing -Getting it Right With What We’ve Got

“Converting an existing property into a new use is fiscally friendly. If you create a building of value, where before the building was of no value, you’ve added to the overall economic worth. You’ve made something viable that wasn’t viable … Continue reading

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Free Political Consulting – From a Main Street Bench – Stepheny Is In

  “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  Buckminster Fuller       You’ll pardon the use of a political slogan that is a cliche … Continue reading

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Looking for a Way to Help Save Main Street? Sign This Online Letter of Support

  Many of you have asked, “How can I help?” Here is your chance by simply signing an online petition to show community support for a Facade Grant Program that is being considered by City Council.     Our Downtown … Continue reading

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A Downtown Facade Grant Program Being Considered by Rocky Mount City Council

Believe me, this is an important step when talking about saving Main Street. Programs across the country, regardless of what they are called, that have focused on the restoration and renovation of the facades of their commercial Main Street buildings, have … Continue reading

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