Rocky Mount NC Housing – Saving the 200 S. Block of Howell Street – One House at a Time

The Last Touches of Fresh Paint The Yellow Cream Color Railings Were Removed -New Porch Flooring Installed and Railings Repaired and Attached This Fabulous Bungalow Given a New Life Thanks to Adrienne Copland, who provided this information about the house. The house was built in 1914 by A. C. Nichols, Sr. A few years later, … Continue reading Rocky Mount NC Housing – Saving the 200 S. Block of Howell Street – One House at a Time

Meet the Preservation’Duchess’ on Howell Street, Rocky Mount, NC

Adrienne Copland is restoring the home at 201 S. Howell Street on the corner of Western and Howell. I first wrote about Howell Street on: https://wordpress.com/post/mainstreetrockymount.com/11129 Today I am adding information about this restoration and the explanation for Adrienne's title, the duchess. In 1939, this house was auctioned as part of the estate of Sadie … Continue reading Meet the Preservation’Duchess’ on Howell Street, Rocky Mount, NC

The Old Neighborhood – 700 Block Arlington Street

By now, the morning sun was just over the horizon and it came at me like a sidearm pitch between the houses of my old neighborhood. I shielded my eyes. This being early October, there were already piles of leaves pushed against the curb—more leaves than I remembered from my autumns here—and less open space … Continue reading The Old Neighborhood – 700 Block Arlington Street

“Ain’t Nothing Gonna Change – You Is Wastin’ Your Time”

"Until you get the drugs out of here."  That's what I was told Saturday afternoon standing on Gay Street while talking with two older women that were out for a short walk. I was taking photographs in the 800-900 block on Gay between Tillery, Vyne, and Pine. I  parked my car and walked towards these … Continue reading “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Change – You Is Wastin’ Your Time”

HGTV Proves We Can Save Our Vital Rocky Mount Housing, But Rigging The System Has To Stop

I love the HGTV shows that are about saving, restoring, and preserving houses. Two programs, in particular, bring hope and inspiration when thinking about our Rocky Mount neighborhoods near downtown. Good Bones concentrates on old neighborhoods in Indianapolis that are coming back because of their proximity to downtown. The second show is called Home Town … Continue reading HGTV Proves We Can Save Our Vital Rocky Mount Housing, But Rigging The System Has To Stop

A ‘House of Cards’ – Tarboro Street Housing – Mr. Blackwell’s Rebuttal Has It All Wrong

  "House of cards" is an expression that dates back to 1645 meaning a structure or argument built on a shaky foundation or one that will collapse if a necessary (but possibly overlooked or unappreciated) element is removed.   It is all the more apparent after last night City Council meeting and Mr. Blackwell's rebuttal … Continue reading A ‘House of Cards’ – Tarboro Street Housing – Mr. Blackwell’s Rebuttal Has It All Wrong