The W-S Central Library Has Been Closed For 2 Long Years; The Wait Continues

The Central Library closed on October 15, 2014. That was two long years ago today. The county commissioners let the Central Library sit empty for almost a year before the demolition of the old library began. The new Central Library is supposed to open sometime during the summer of 2017. Assuming the construction is completed on time, when the new Central Library opens Winston-Salem/Forsyth County residents will have been nearly three years without a central branch. That’s a long time to wait for a project that was approved by Forsyth County voters overwhelmingly approved in November, 2010. The conservative majority on the Forsyth County Commissioners needlessly delayed the library’s construction because they didn’t want to increase the county’s debt load.

Gentrification Continues In Winston’s Holly Avenue Neighborhood


The Winston-Salem Journal reported that an apartment renovation project is underway on Holly Avenue. Owner and developer Jeff Zenger is transforming the apartments at 648 Holly Avenue. When the 27-unit building is completed it will be known as “The Livery.” Apartments at the Livery will be equipped with a host of modern amenities, rents will range from $845 to over $900. The Holly Avenue neighborhood is located between Downtown Winston and West Salem.

Winston Holds Medical Bill Fundraisers: Time To Question Profit Driven Hospitals

There have been a couple of high-profile fundraisers in Winston recently to help folks saddled with crippling medical bills. It shows that there are a lot of people in this town who care about others in need. The spirit of giving, the willingness to help others is reminiscent of brotherhood that Moravians were known for when they settled Salem 200 years ago. During the last week of April various Downtown Winston restaurant owners and their workers re-opened Skippys for eight days to raise money for Skippy’s owner Mike Rothman. Rothman was forced to close his popular hot dog restaurant, known for its one of a kind pretzel buns in February when he was diagnosed with cancer. Rothman’s brain cancer was treated at Forsyth Medical Center and then he was transferred to Pennsylvania so that he could recover near his parents.

Razing A Black Neighborhood, Then Celebrating It’s Culture

Friday night the New Winston Museum hosted an evening of great art and great music. It was the opening reception for The Birth of the Cool, a photo collection by Owen Daniels. The exhibit, which runs all month features twenty of Daniels’ exquisite photos of local jazz and blues musicians such as Joe Robinson and Big Ron Hunter. These local jazz and blues musicians are gifted musicians who don’t often get the recognition that they deserve. As I listened to one great song after another by the all-star jazz/blues musicians that Daniels’ assembled I couldn’t help thinking about the Gateway neighborhood where the New Winston Museum is located.

Winston’s Really Really Free Market Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Roughly a year ago Food Not Bombs Winston-Salem held its first Really Really Free Market at 110 3rd Street. Every last Saturday of the month from 10AM-1PM for the past year folks have gathered in the shadow of the Pepper building to give away items that they don’t need and to take items that they do need. The Really Really Free Market is a market without the constraints inherent in markets. First and foremost that means that no matter how great the need, if you don’t have the funds, you’re shit out of luck. By contrast the Really Really Free Market is an exercise of creative redistribution, where need is stressed instead of greed.

The Second Incarnation Of Ziggy’s Closes

Last Sunday night was the last Waltz for Ziggy’s, a live music venue that was once the epicenter of live music in Winston. In November, the shocking news that Ziggy’s would be closing stunned this observer. I knew that Ziggy’s wasn’t drawing very many big acts, the place wasn’t what it used to be. But Ziggy’s has been a linchpin of  Winston’s music scene for decades. I thought that place would stay open for years to come.