At Long Last Winston-Salem Has A Central Library Again

Today, Winston-Salem’s new Central Library will finally open. It’s been a long and unreasonable wait. No tears will be shed for Winston-Salem’s old Central Library. Everyone remembers how bad that place was.

The old Central Library consisted of two buildings. The original one story building with a basement opened in 1953. A three story expansion was added to the original building in 1980. Today, only the 1980 expansion remains. It was stripped down to the frame and rebuilt into a … Read the rest

Not Much Going On In The Pages Of The Journal, Check Out This Interview of Gayle Anderson

The output of the city’s paper of record has been a little lackluster lately. After the ink dried on BAT’s acquisition of Reynolds a couple of weeks ago, the Journal has largely ignored issues of importance to residents in Winston-Salem. Instead, they have covered a high-profile murder case in Davidson County and other stories that just aren’t that relevant to Winston’s urban core.

To my dismay, Friday the Journal published a story on Craig Engels. Engles, an Olympic-hopeful runner from … Read the rest

More Ballpark Development Delays

Scott Sexton just reported that the former Royal Inn on Broad and Green Streets is again up for sale. The redevelopment of the Royal Inn has stalled. The much hyped Brookstown District at BB&T Ballpark has also stalled, though Winston’s newspaper of record has failed to report on that.

It looks like development around BB&T Ballpark will have to wait until after Business 40 is transformed into Salem Parkway. That means 2020 at the earliest. This is another … Read the rest

First Baptist On Fifth Street Puts Daycare On The Chopping Block

It’s Sunday and I’m not at church. But I’m still bothered by First Baptist Church’s decision to tear down two of its buildings. First Baptist on Fifth Street is a beautiful historic church. Its grandeur is a reflection of the wealth that used to be on Fifth Street years ago when it was known as Winston’s millionaire’s row.

First Baptist is attempting to scale back the size of its buildings to meet the needs of today’s congregation. To that end, … Read the rest

Bookmarks Opens A First-Rate Bookstore In Downtown Winston

Bookmarks opened its new bookstore earlier today. It was exciting to see folks on Fourth Street lined up to get books instead of methadone. No offense to anyone taking methadone, we all need something. One thing Winston has needed for years is a first-rate bookstore.

Galleries are great, but every decent downtown has a quality bookstore. Bright Leaf Books, which opened a few months ago, is a nice little independent bookstore. But Bookmarks is a destination, a large independent bookstore, … Read the rest

Will Ziggy’s Ever Reopen?

It was two years ago today that Snoop Dogg came to Winston. It was the crowning achievement of Ziggy’s reopening in Downtown Winston. Thousands of fans gathered to see a member of hip-hop royalty perform on an outdoor stage that Ziggy’s built for the show. It was a bold attempt to put Ziggy’s back on the map. It certainly created a buzz for Winston’s largest live music venue. But just seven months after Snoop came to town, Ziggy’s infighting … Read the rest

WSTA Bus Routes, How Do You Streamline Buses In A Segregated City?

With all the havoc that President Donald Trump has been causing with his pen, it makes local issues seem less significant. In his first week of office Trump signed an executive order to build the wall that he promised his xenophobic supporters on the campaign trail. If that wasn’t enough, Trump also fulfilled another one of his dreadful campaign promises; a de facto ban on Muslims entering our country.

With protests at airports around the country, it almost seems almost … Read the rest

Library Set To Open This Summer, But Now Is The Time It’s Needed Most

Earlier this month The Winston-Salem Journal informed its readers that Winston’s Central Library is currently on pace to open by mid-summer 2017. But with winter being upon us, now is the time that the community needs a central library the most.

The fact that the library has been closed since October 2014 is simply unforgivable. The Journal’s article notes the Central Library’s progress, but fails to mention the Republican majority Forsyth County Commissioners’ callused decision to close the library … Read the rest

West Salem Marketplace Plaza Fails To Get Planning Board Approval


Residence on West Fourth Street that would have been razed if the West End Marketplace Plaza was approved.


Proposed development would displace working-class neighborhood,” reads Jordan Green’s October 5th headline in Triad City Beat. That’s a theme that is unfortunately all too familiar in Winston. A working-class African American neighborhood is torn down. Affluent housing/office/retail development is erected and people of color are displaced. Over the years Winston has consistently grown and developed at the expense of … Read the rest

Winston’s Got Pride! Pride Winston-Salem 2016


There was a great turn out for this year’s Pride Winston-Salem. The week-long celebration of LGBTQ culture and lifestyle seems to grow each year. Saturday’s pride parade drew large crowds to Fourth Street. But I was particularly impressed with how many people filled Trade Street and overflowed onto Liberty Street.

I believe 2011 was the first year that I attended Winston’s gay pride parade. Back then it was more taboo, the act of attending a pride parade was an … Read the rest