WASHINGTON STREET I grew up listening to my parents sing in the front seat of the car. (Stardust and Melancholy Baby were my father's favorites.) I knew the words to The Sunny Side of the Street by the time I started school. The melodies and lyrics that have followed me through my life play quietly … Continue reading Direct Your Feet to the Sunny Side of the Street
The title for this blog post comes from the latest podcast published today. I love creating the blog, Main Street Rocky Mount, and the podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny. These platforms allow me to talk about the preservation, restoration and repurposing of the commercial architecture downtown and the breadth of residential architecture throughout the … Continue reading I Choose the Possibilities in Life, the Beautiful and the Good
These little gems are in Ward #4. I believe T.J. Walker, Councilman, has a heart for saving them. The more the Ward gets involved with their neighborhood housing, chances increase that others will join in the financial end of saving them. The possibilities of this significant housing has been ignored. The state of them proves … Continue reading Save The Shotgun Houses of Rocky Mount With Hud Grant Money
The backstory to this post is The Robert E. Lee Monument; the historic statue dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee by noted American sculptor Alexander Doyle. It was removed (intact) by official order and moved to an unknown location on May 19, 2017. The monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places … Continue reading Another Reason To Save Rocky Mount’s Boarded Homes
I found a quote of Alfred Lord Tennyson that I used on the Main Street Facebook page, "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier." The word threshold holds a deeper meaning after I … Continue reading Pausing at the Threshold of a New Year: A Reflection From Stepheny’s Bench On Main Street
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?