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

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

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

New Central Library Is Impressive, The Same Can’t Be Said About The Forsyth County Commissioners

August 31 was a historic day in Winston. For decades it will be remembered as the day that the Central Library reopened. But that doesn’t mean that we have to forget that it took the Forsyth County Commissioners nearly three years to construct the library that Winston-Salem and all of Forsyth County approved almost seven years ago.

The new Central Library is very impressive. It’s everything that the old Central Library wasn’t. It’s difficult to overstate what an upgrade the … Read the rest

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