Category Archives: A Rocky Mount Neighborhood

Another Star in Rocky Mount’s Architectural Crown – Paying Tribute to Architect George Matsumoto – A West Haven Gem

If you have been following my Main Street posts, you know that I have recently been pushing for an updated, honest architectural inventory. Here is one of Rocky Mount’s treasures that is a Mid-Century modern home built originally for Thomas … Continue reading

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Beal Street Square…that ‘wonderful thing’ has happened!

        Beal Street Square is FABULOUS! Over 60% occupied, it’s a tremendous source of pride not only for Rocky Mount, but for the people who championed the neighborhood, provided untiring leadership, and who came together in partnership to share a … Continue reading

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Setting the Scene to Explain The Concept of Walkable Neighborhoods – Part 1

 People Enjoy The Streetscape in Greenville, SC We’re on the fast train, as the English call them, called The Learning Curve. Admit it, we’re feeling quite grown up bantering words about like, Anchor Projects, (The Train Station, Imperial Center, The … Continue reading

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It’s Not Too Late! Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden At The Happy Hill Community Garden – Part 2

1208 Gay Street  There is great interest across the country in community gardening. They can be found in public parks, religious centers, schools, backyards, and even on rooftops. Individuals come together to grow food, build relationships, and celebrate their communities. … Continue reading

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Remembering L. W. Farmer -The Community Garden in the Happy Hill Neighborhood: A Public Treasure – Part 1

Remembering L.W. Farmer A Local Patron Saint At The Heart of the Happy Hill Community Garden There is no point writing about this special place at 1208 Gay Street, built upon the once flooded property close to Sunset Park, without honoring L.W. … Continue reading

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Welcome to Beal Street Square – Happy Hill – Part 4

Tell me what you see in this rendering of Beal Street Square that you remember from Part 2 of this series – What is a Shotgun House?  Do you recognize the gable roof lines, the narrow roof over the offset … Continue reading

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Visiting with Aunties Mary and Viola – The Vintage Roses of Beal Street – Part 3

“It is gracious to have old people full of vitality and endowed with wisdom in our society.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita I was taking photographs of the houses in the 800 block on Beal Street. It was Sunday, quiet, no … Continue reading

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