Category Archives: Preservation of Historic Commercial Buildings

Our Future With The Main Street Program Is In The Hands Of The ‘My Will Be Done’ Councilmen

When I read the erroneous remarks from the City Council meeting that keep declaring there is no difference between Main Street Accreditation and Affiliate, I repeat, there is a difference, dagnabbit!  An Affiliate status has resources that help new communities … Continue reading

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Investor, Jesse Gerstl – I’ve Seen the Super Man Cape He Wears

I often leave comments on the Concerned Citizens Facebook Page. Like all of us, the page has its good days and bad. Some comments have more clarity than others. I have no trouble making room for diverse opinions as long … Continue reading

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Taking The Arm of a Gentleman on Main Street

I want to tell you one of my many Main Street experiences. It happened this past Spring with a trip downtown to photograph some commercial buildings that Mr. Knight owns. (There is one in particular that I love and keep … Continue reading

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Painted On The Old Railroad Loading Dock?

William West wrote, “The City of Rocky Mount appears to be interested in having the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on the roof of an old railroad track-side loading dock on the northeastern side of downtown.” This is a perfect … Continue reading

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When The Stars Align – Whit and Robert Barnes Appear – Sons of Rocky Mount

It suits my romantic inclinations to write this Sorsby’s Tale after spending time with Whit Barnes. This tale is my favorite kind of Main Street news.I love generational novels that cover family history. In this case we have the family … Continue reading

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John Jesso Remains Rocky Mount’s Codega

I’m thinking of John Jesso today. I first met him when I went to his office to inquire about starting the blog, Main Street Rocky Mount.  Would I be stepping on anyone’s toes? John listened to my ideas  and without hesitation, … Continue reading

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Main Street Exhibit – Remembrance of Things Past

       “Look at the places where no one looks, so you can see the things no one sees!” Mehmet Murat ildan Those who follow Main Street know the words to its theme song about preservation, restoration, and repurposing the commercial buildings … Continue reading

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Stepheny Sings A Joe Cocker Song to Troy White – A New Face on Howard Street

I often sing a few lines from a Joe Cocker song when I think of those I am grateful for, love, and admire.  I haven’t met Mr. White, so it is unusual to connect a song with a stranger. There … Continue reading

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a-lt-men-taire – The French Bakery on Main Street – IMAGINE!

In the Chicago area, you will find bakeries throughout this city of neighborhoods…Greek Town, Little Italy…In Evanston where I grew up, there was a bakery on Davis Street where my mother took me. Inside the door of the bakery, delectable … Continue reading

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Checking On Main Street – It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day, A New Life For Us

“A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.” Leon Krier, The Architecture of Community Like you, I have been at home practicing patience. I haven’t checked on things downtown for awhile. Since a grocery … Continue reading

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