East Winston Vs. Forsyth County Tax Assessor, Round II

The most recent county-wide tax reappraisal was relatively non-controversial. Compared to the uproar that occurred in 2013, the 2017 reappraisal has been well received. Overall, the county’s home values increased. About 70 percent of homes in Forsyth County increased in value and 30 percent of homes decreased in value. But the 2017 tax reappraisal was more bad news for East Winston.

Winston’s majority-minority section of town, once again saw home values decline. East Winston residents are once again asking why Read the rest

Resentment Over Downtown Incentives Led To Contentious Trans-AID Debate

Monday’s marathon city council meeting was eventful. In a little under 3 hours, the Winston-Salem City Council passed its $482.4 million 2017-2018 budget by the thinnest of margins, 4-3 (Council Member Adams was absent). The highlights of the budget include; a marginal tax increase and higher pay for police and firefighters as well as other city employees.

Winston pays its police and fire department and other government workers less than comparable cities in North Carolina. It had no choice but … Read the rest

Liberty Street Market: An Investment That Hasn’t Paid Dividends

Liberty Street Market opened in October, 2014. It’s located just a couple of miles from Downtown Winston, yet its worlds away. On one side of Liberty Street Market there’s three convenience stores that specialize in cigarettes and booze. On the other side of the Liberty Street Market is the Cleveland Avenue Homes, Winston’s largest concentration of public housing. Directly beside of the market lies a row of businesses that have been vacant for years.

The Liberty Street Market was supposed … Read the rest

Is Growing Up Poor In Winston A Form Of Russian Roulette?

Recently The Winston-Salem Journal reported that an 18-year-old young man took his life Monday night. The young man, identified by The Journal as Diante Blackburn, was playing Russian Roulette and predictably, he lost. This is tragedy for the young man’s family and the community. I can only imagine the shock that friends and family are experiencing. I don’t want to exploit Blackburn’s death. But there needs to be something said when such a shocking event occurs.

Five days have passed … 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

New Hope Manor Revitalization Moves Forward

The Winston-Salem City Council’s Finance Committee recently gave their reluctant approval to HAWS’ plan to revamp the troubled New Hope Manor apartment complex. After months of debate and examination the matter will now go before the entire city council.

Apparently the finance committee feels like its time for the city to act. After all, the city council isn’t a debating society. Nearly every council member has expressed misgivings with the Housing Authority’s plans. They don’t trust HAWS’ plan entirely. But … Read the rest

Still No Easy Solutions For New Hope Manor

This month’s meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council’s Finance Committee once again addressed substandard living conditions at the New Hope Manor Apartments. See Jordan Green’s article at Triad City Beat for a good write-up of this issue. The last several months has seen a considerable amount of the city council’s time being spent on two troubled low-income apartment complexes; Rolling Hills and New Hope Manor. Rolling Hills and New Hope Manor were both allowed to deteriorate into disrepair by … Read the rest

City Relaunches Liberty Street Market, Dramatic Changes Are Needed

Just a few days ago the City of Winston-Salem posted a video on its YouTube channel. On the video Regina Hall announced that the Liberty Street Market is available to rent for just $45 a day.

The Liberty Street Market has been an unqualified disaster since it opened in the Northeast Ward two years ago this month. Planning and construction costs for the project costs city taxpayers over $350,000.

The Liberty Street Market was described as “not just a market-a … Read the rest

Troubled Apartments In Winston Show Section 8’s Failure

Run-down, sub-standard apartments have dominated a slow news cycle this summer. It’s rare for the plight of poor renters to garner much attention in Winston, a city that care much more about developers than renters.

You might have thought slum were a thing of the past, but they’re a problem that the city of Arts and Innovation hasn’t eliminated. Deplorable conditions at New Hope Manor Apartments, located off Cleveland Avenue and Rolling Hills Apartments, located off of New Walkertown … Read the rest

O! East Winston, Forgotten And Neglected

Winston-Salem has had its share of slogans over the years. Many of these slogans are aspirational, they describe the city that Winston wants to be. They’re more marketing hype than reality.

That’s certainly true of Winston’s current slogan, “The City of Arts and Innovation.” Sure, Winston has its fair share of both arts and innovation, but the city certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on either arts or innovation.

Here’s a list of past W-S slogans courtesy of the Journal’s Wesley Read the rest