I’m in Love With Another Building – It’s a Mess, But Wonderful None the Less 216 S. Washington

Those born or raised here, leave a comment below and tell us what you know.    "I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building".Carl Sandburg When you fall in love with an … Continue reading I’m in Love With Another Building – It’s a Mess, But Wonderful None the Less 216 S. Washington

Ben Bradock, Andrew Clark, Troy Davis, Jesse Gerstl, Zack Poll, Troy White … Saving Commercial Architecture In Historic Downtown Rocky Mount – Part 1

Like beads on a rosary, I pause on each bead to add a name connected to the preservation, restoration, and repurposing of Main Street. I name the place holders like Virginia's and The Bicycle Shop, that welcome new business, and the entertainment sector: restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Part of this litany of names includes, … Continue reading Ben Bradock, Andrew Clark, Troy Davis, Jesse Gerstl, Zack Poll, Troy White … Saving Commercial Architecture In Historic Downtown Rocky Mount – Part 1

Andre Knight’s Best Role – Saving These Wonderful Buildings!

BEFORE AFTER - 116 SUNSET I have taken photographs of this building on Main Street many times because it is one of my favorite. On life support, I've been sitting by the bedside, so to speak, keeping a close watch on the patient growing weaker.  These are classic commercial facades, and when restored to health, … Continue reading Andre Knight’s Best Role – Saving These Wonderful Buildings!

Mercy, Mercy Me – What’s Going On?

Since Usher is my favorite, we have his rendition of Marvin Gaye's song, Mercy, Mercy Me.  I know the song is about the environment, but he kept singing in my ear as I considered writing this post on the impact of crime in Rocky Mount. Click on the song link above, and you will agree that … Continue reading Mercy, Mercy Me – What’s Going On?

The Carlton House – A Second Chance To Get It Right

We spend a lot of time talking about Rockey Mount's problems. We can name the people on the Council, and those with positions in City Government that are the problem. When another significant piece of the revitalization puzzle is sabotaged, it is of no consequence to the 'My Will Be Done' crowd. There is an … Continue reading The Carlton House – A Second Chance To Get It Right

The Beauty of Art In The Preservation of Rocky Mount Mills

A sheet of glass that allows you to see a magical staircase beyond The first time I went to Rocky Mount Mills I met Eddie Belk, a man with a gleam in his eye. I looked the word, gleam, up and found one of the definitions that suited Eddie to a tee: a facial expression that denotes happiness, … Continue reading The Beauty of Art In The Preservation of Rocky Mount Mills