The Shame of Branch Street In Rocky Mount, NC – Councilman Joyner – Ward 3

"With the input from The Public Hearings, the American Rescue Plan Act money is intended for housing like you find on Branch Street." SFH I first drove up and down Branch Street in February 2022. I took the following photographs of boarded up houses and garbage. Here is a neighborhood that should be saved. My … Continue reading The Shame of Branch Street In Rocky Mount, NC – Councilman Joyner – Ward 3

A Light Shines Within The Abandoned Bungalows of Rocky Mount

Tuesday afternoon, wanting to finish David Habersham's book, The Powers That Be, I turned on my Kindle and snuggled back in bed. Between falling asleep and reading, it grew dark outside and there were no lights turned on in the 'cottage for two' either. From the interior of the house, a small light came from … Continue reading A Light Shines Within The Abandoned Bungalows of Rocky Mount

Seeing Past the State of Things: Rocky Mount, NC Housing

Hill Street - Rocky Mount, NC "The pleasure of restoring an historic home is reserved for those who see past the decaying structure and its weeds, overgrown brush, broken windows, and battered shutters. To see past the current state requires one to see the beauty of its bones and how it once was and could … Continue reading Seeing Past the State of Things: Rocky Mount, NC Housing

You Are Thanksgiving Ambassadors For Rocky Mount, NC

You are hereby named Main Street Ambassadors during these Thanksgiving holidays. All of you who are spending time at home this year, expecting family or friends, young and old, have this opportunity to show off Main Street and surrounds. I will think of you Thursday with those you love and who love you too. A … Continue reading You Are Thanksgiving Ambassadors For Rocky Mount, NC

How Best To Spend $5.2 Million in Rocky Mount, NC According To The Gospel of Stepheny

Thomas Sowell's quotation is insightful and pertinent to Rocky Mount's reality. In a past blog post: https://mainstreetrockymount.com/2022/09/20/rocky-mount-nc-how-best-to-spend-5-million-dollars/ I wrote about standing next to a black gentleman at a public hearing on another matter who was shaking his head. He said, "I come to these public hearings and in the end, the Council does what they … Continue reading How Best To Spend $5.2 Million in Rocky Mount, NC According To The Gospel of Stepheny

The Bungalow Revival on Howell Street Continues- Rocky Mount, NC

It all started with Justin Floyd and his wife when they restored this beautiful bungalow. (A full blog devoted to them coming soon.) I think of this home as a preservation 'poster child' in Rocky Mount when it comes to this prevalent architecture. The Duchess of Howell Street has followed Justin and it is one … Continue reading The Bungalow Revival on Howell Street Continues- Rocky Mount, NC