Blanche’s Bistro Unleashes A Hornets Nest – Bringing Controversy to the New Main Street Reality

The last time I looked there were 405 comments on Concerned Citizens about the opening of Blanche's Bistro. On the right are a few lines from the announcement. This has unleashed a hornet's nest.  After reading some of the comments this scheduled post may seem inconsequential compared to the scope of grievances surrounding this new … Continue reading Blanche’s Bistro Unleashes A Hornets Nest – Bringing Controversy to the New Main Street Reality

Invitation: A New Facebook Page For Main Street Rocky Mount

Here is the link to the newly created Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Main-Street-Rocky-Mount-110350393716083/?notif_id=1571361002551040&notif_t=page_invite_accept                         Where better to create a new Facebook page with my sweet friend, Denise Watkins, of Sky-Vue Skateland, than at the newly preserved and restored, Larema Coffee, in the beautiful old 1st National building. Hanging out with the ECC students, people coming and going, … Continue reading Invitation: A New Facebook Page For Main Street Rocky Mount

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 been successful in attracting business and downtown life.  After spending some time talking with our new … Continue reading A Downtown Facade Grant Program Being Considered by Rocky Mount City Council

‘Main Street’ Belongs to All of Us – Part 1

It has been said that Rocky Mount has the best collection of historically significant architecture in the entire state. We'll take that compliment. We have beautiful examples of what successful preservation looks like thanks to Peter Varney whose watch included the Train & Bus Station, The Imperial Center, the Douglas Block, and StreetScape. You have to … Continue reading ‘Main Street’ Belongs to All of Us – Part 1

Main Street Lego Architecture – Way Cool!

At some point, while growing up, I wanted to be an architect. Faced with the fact that I'm terrible at math, it wasn't a realistic dream. Writing was a better fit. Today there are career paths I think of as my unlived lives. With a Historic Preservation Degree, the lead character in my new novel could … Continue reading Main Street Lego Architecture – Way Cool!

Promoting A Sense of Place – A ‘Shout Out’ To Realtors

        I wrote last week about a conversation I had with Vann Joines, entrepreneur, when we discussed what makes people pick the places they live. Part of that answer is that people are looking for diversity, a sense of place, a cultural context that is unique. Rocky Mount is such a place! … Continue reading Promoting A Sense of Place – A ‘Shout Out’ To Realtors