Columbian Heights: Atkins’ Vision Crippled By Highway 52 and I40, Industrial Zoning, And WSSU’s Growth

The New Winston Museum’s “Envisioning Columbian Heights” presentation at Mars Hill Baptist Church Thursday night drew a crowd of 40-50 people. Many of the attendees are longtime residents of East Winston with strong ties to Columbian Heights. They fondly remembered Columbian Heights and proudly recounted their memories of the neighborhood.

Columbian Heights is the neighborhood immediately surrounding Winston-Salem State University. It was founded by Simon Green Atkins in the 1890s. It was part of his twin vision of promoting African … Read the rest

Minerva Garcia’s Struggle To Gain Citizenship Continues

Minerva Cisneros Garcia has had a long struggle with our immigration system. Mineva came to this country nearly 20 years ago so that her oldest son, who is blind could receive the education and training that was not available in her home state of Guerrero, Mexico.

It appeared that Minerva’s immigration troubles were over in October after a Federal judge vacated her deportation order. With the order vacated, Minerva and her two youngest sons left the sanctuary of Congregational Read the rest

Break Up The Allen Joines Machine!

On Tuesday municipal elections were held in Guilford County. There were some interesting developments in the  Greensboro and High Point races.

This is a non-election year in Winston. But it wouldn’t matter that much if Winston had its municipal elections on Tuesday. Winston’s City Council elections aren’t very competitive.

All the incumbent members of the W-S City Council that sought re-election in 2016, won in 2016, most without any credible opposition. Our councilmembers have their wards locked down.

Mayor Joines … Read the rest

Remembering The Old Winston-Salem Radar Station

Union Cross Park is a nice park. It has a walking/jogging path, softball fields, as well as tennis courts and a basketball court. It has a picnic shelter for community get-togethers and a playground for kids.

Everyone knows that Union Cross Park was a former radar base, but few know much about the specifics of the old radar base.

Union Cross Park should have an educational element to it. It’s strange to have a park on a decommissioned military base … Read the rest

Cheap Rents Are Needed For Artists And Workers To Thrive

Saturday night at the Garage, the Vagabond Saints’ Society played two hours worth of the Velvet Underground’s greatest hits. As usual, the Vagabond Saints’ Society put on a great show, which will surely be memorialized in the Garage’s hallway of posters.

The Velvet Underground were a very influential rock band, ahead of their time. They were only fully appreciated years after the band broke up.

But the Velvet Underground and other New York bands of the late 1960s and 1970s … Read the rest

Remembering The Winston-Salem Black Panther Party Chapter

Fifty-one years ago this week the Black Panther Party was formed in Oakland California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The Panthers have experienced a new appreciation in recent years, with numerous articles, books, and documentaries praising their activism in the late sixties and early seventies.

The Black Panthers were a radical resistance movement that opposed police oppression and economic exploitation in Black communities. Where the civil rights era’s leaders came primarily from church pulpits, the leaders of … Read the rest

Downtown Winston-Salem Moves East-East End Plan Presented

Yesterday evening local residents gathered at First Calvary Baptist Church to learn about a massive development project, just east of the Innovation Quarter. The ambitious new project would completely reinvent roughly 170 acres between Highway 52, Business 40, and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The East End Plan presentation was very interesting. Ayers Saint Gross-a design firm out of Baltimore presented a myriad of ideas for what the East End of Winston could become.

East End is a new term … Read the rest

Winston-Salem Socialists, A Nice Addition To Pride W-S 2017

Pride Winston-Salem keeps growing bigger and bigger each year. What once seemed taboo, has become widely accepted in our midsized, southern town. Each autumn, more businesses, and organizations march in the Pride Winston-Salem Parade.

One newcomer to this year’s Pride Winston-Salem Parade was the Winston-Salem Socialists. The city’s local chapter of the ISO might not be very well-known to Winston’s LGBTQ Community. But they should be.

The Winston-Salem ISO earned their place in Winston’s Pride Parade when they publicly … Read the rest

Pride Winston-Salem 2017, Beware Of Corporations That Appear To Be Allies

Despite the overcast weather Saturday, Downtown Winston was filled with the bright, rainbow colors of Pride Winston-Salem. Winston’s annual Pride weekend continues to grow bigger and bigger each year.

Even though it’s a very commercial event sponsored by car salesmen, bankers and the like, attending Pride Winston-Salem is still a political action affirming the humanity of the LGBTQ Community. As long as there is still a vocal, hate-spewing, anti-LGBTQ minority, it will be important for gays and straight allies to … Read the rest

The Coming N.C. 5th District Bowl

Saturday’s college football game between Wake Forest and Appalachian State rekindled a rivalry that had been dormant for years. Wake Forest was lucky to leave Boone with a narrow 20-19 victory.

When residents of the 5th District vote in November of 2018, it will be a chance for Winston-Salem to retake the 5th from Watauga County’s Virginia Foxx.

It will be a chance for moderates and progressives to reject Foxx and her politics of hate and division.

Prior to Foxx … Read the rest

Urban Street Church: A Symbol Of Winston’s Neglected Urban Core

I drive by the old Urban Street Baptist Church, at 2315 Urban Street from time to time. It holds some sentimental importance to me. I attended church there when I was a kid in the early to mid-1980s.

The physical building and the neighborhood around it have both deteriorated over the decades. Recently, the City of Winston-Salem boarded up the place after vandals knocked out many of the church’s windows and open a couple of its doors. Probably so that … Read the rest

A Spirited Historical Marker Ceremony At The Former 14th Street School

Saturday, I went to the 14th Street School historical marker and an East Winston pep-rally broke out. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many folks turned out, approximately 50 people, possibly more.

That’s a stronger turnout than these type of ceremonies typically get in Winston. The vast majority of the crowd were wearing red, white, and blue t-shirts signifying that they were former students at the 14th Street School. There were a lot of old friends in the audience.… Read the rest