From Martin Luther King, To Market-Based Solutions

Martin Luther King Day is a curious holiday in the United States. We give Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a day, yet ignore Dr. King the other 364 days of the year. What if we celebrated Christmas the same way that we celebrate Martin Luther King Day?

Only a fool would unwrap their gifts, enjoy them for one short day, then box them up until next Christmas. But that is how we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

We need Dr. … Read the rest

The Ramkat Is Coming…

Winston’s music scene just got an unexpected shot in the arm today. Ziggy’s at 9th and MLK will be re-opening under the curious name RamKat.

Triad City Beat reported that Richard Emmett and Andy Tenille, will be co-owners and managing partners of the new club. TCB also reported that Bryan Ledbetter of Airtype, has invested in Ramkat and will be responsible for the new club’s brand.

Having Richard Emmett involved in Downtown Winston is truly good news. Emmett is responsible … Read the rest

Public Ownership Of Shuddered Music Venues In Winston?

Winston was sad to see its beloved little music venue (the Garage) close on New Year’s Eve. The question now is, what should Winston do to promote live music in a city that calls itself, “The City of Art’s and Innovation?” Public ownership of Winston’s shuddered music venues is a solution worth exploring.

Downtown Winston’s success killed The Garage. Bars and breweries now line Trade Street and Liberty Street. The Garage’s fate may have been sealed when Tucker Tharpe’s former … Read the rest

The Liberty Street Market Isn’t In Transition, Neither Is East Winston

The Winston-Salem Chronicle recently reported that the Liberty Street Market was “in transition once again.” Once again, in the market’s short, but troubled history it’s without a manager. But setbacks at the Liberty Street Market are hardly news.

To say that the Liberty Street Market is in “transition” implies that the property is in motion. In truth, the Liberty Street Market has been mostly dormant since it opened in October 2014. It’s an utter failure, a monument to the incompetence … Read the rest

Winston’s Seven Most Important News Events Of 2017

 

1. Bus route change chaos

The 2017 news cycle started in earnest when the Winston-Salem Transit Authority completely overhauled its bus routes. Months of preparations took place and many community meetings were held. But obviously, the implementation of WSTA’s new bus routes was a massive failure.

The new routes went into effect January 2. Immediately there was a community uproar. The new routes disrupted the lives of the city’s bus riders. They had to walk greater distances to … Read the rest

A Big Idea For 2018: Wake Forest Should Buy The W-S Fairgrounds

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated Texas A&M in a thriller of a football game Friday. As entertaining as the game was, I still find it hard to understand why universities participate in football.

Afterall, the science is very clear. It’s a dangerous game that puts football players at risk for all types of bodily injuries and long-term brain damage. Ironically, Wake Forest has produced numerous studies in recent years that have added to our understanding of the intrinsic dangers … Read the rest

Krispy Kreme’s Pivot To Charlotte Brings Back Memories Of Wachovia

Though Winston has bulldozed many buildings over the years, it has its share of old buildings still standing. That’s something that Charlotte-the land of modern skyscrapers and endless generic condos can’t say.

Winston’s urban landscape tells a story. Take the Hilltop House Apartments on the corner of Cherry Street and Brookstown Avenue. The original building was a motel that opened in 1961.

The Hilltop House Apartments were redeveloped by Bud Baker in 2011. Baker took an old motel and transformed … Read the rest

The Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem Says No To War

Last Monday was International Human Rights Day. A fitting occasion for the Sanctuary City Coalition Winston-Salem to show the documentary, “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” at the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem.

The film shows the carnage of the Syrian war in graphic detail. Something that our media has failed to do. It was a vivid reminder of the evil and destructive nature of war.

After the film, a discussion was held. The … Read the rest

As Of 2015, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch Was The Highest Paid College President In The Nation

What do Nathan Hatch and the recently departed executives at Cardinal Innovations have in common? They were both paid way too much for the work they performed.

Currently, the state is in the process of clawing back money from Cardinal Innovations. It’s unlikely that Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch will give any of the over $4 million that he made in 2015 back.

Wake Forest is a private college, it can more or less do what it wants. But … Read the rest

Where Is Wake Forest?

Yesterday the Wake Forest High School Cougars defeated Mallard Creek at BB&T Stadium. For Wake Forest, this was their second straight 4AA State Championship. Ironically the Wake Forest Cougars, dressed in blue and white won on the home field of Wake Forest University; the school that left their community decades ago.

Wake Forest High is located 108 miles east of Winston in a town of 30,000, just north of Raleigh. The Wake Forest that people most often associate with Wake … Read the rest

John Robert Hayes Awaits Another Appeal Without The Support That Darryl Hunt And Kalvin Michael Smith Received

The Winston-Salem’s Journal’s Michael Hewlett has done some excellent reporting on John Robert Hayes‘ case. On Thursday Hewlett reported that the Wake Forest Innocence and Justice Clinic filed another appeal on Hayes’ behalf.

Hewlett’s reporting reveals more improper behavior on the part of the Forsyth County D.A.’s Office in the 80s and 90s. Look closely at John Robert Hayes’ case and you will see the similarities with Darryl Hunt and Kalvin Michael Smith’s wrongful convictions.

John Robert Hayes is … Read the rest

Stay Strong Boston-Thurmond, Keep Fighting Against Gentrification!

On Tuesday, the Winston-Salem Journal showered praise on local government leaders for their development of the Enclave apartments off Shattalon Drive. The Chronicle ran a similar article on the Enclave apartments days earlier.

The implication of these articles is obvious. (But admittedly, I didn’t realize it until a friend on facebook pointed it out to me.) The article isn’t just about the Enclave, it’s a message to the Boston-Thurmond community.

The Journal and Chronicle would like the residents of Boston-Thurmond … Read the rest

Truly Frank Statements From The Tobacco Industry

 

While watching TV today you might see something that hasn’t been on TV since the 1970s-tobacco commercials. But these tobacco commercials aren’t anything like the old tobacco commercials.

Starting today the Tobacco Industry is releasing court-mandated statements in print newspapers and on TV commercials. After years of litigation, the industry is begrudgingly admitting not only the dangerous qualities of cigarettes but the fact that the industry knowingly deceived the American public for decades; placing their profits … Read the rest

Let’s Hope That The Garage Doesn’t Go The Way Of Ziggy’s

For 10 years now Winston’s music scene has been in a precarious state.

Ten years ago today, on November 25, 2007, Ziggy’s played its last show. The property then was sold to Wake Forest and demolished.

Ziggy’s longtime owner, Jay Stephens spent years before he eventually found a new location, formed a partnership and reopened Ziggy’s on W. 9th Street in 2011. Sadly, Ziggy’s 2.0 closed a few years later in February 2016. Unfortunately, neither the partnership nor the location … Read the rest

Boston-Thurmond Development Can’t Proceed Without A Non-Displacement Guarantee

It’s Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday. For all the reasons to hate Thanksgiving, I still love it. I know that our nation’s genocide of Native Americans is nothing to celebrate.

But Thanksgiving with all its baggage is a time to gather with family and friends. It’s a time to be thankful for the things that we have, even as we actively covet Christmas gifts that we don’t need.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful that Boston-Thurmond residents are resisting Wake Forest’s new Read the rest