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 their absentee owners. A buyer stepped forward to purchase Rolling Hills and invest in the sub-standard complex’s renovation.

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 destination” by the market’s manager, Mercedes L. Miller.

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 Road are an embarrassment to the city. They’re yet another example that as Downtown Winston flourishes, East Winston is being left behind.

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.

Murder in Winston-Salem Is Overshadowed By Clown Hoax

Have you seen all the clown sighting stories circulating online? The Winston-Salem Journal has run several stories on creepy criminal clowns appearing all over the Triad. The clown hysteria started in Winston earlier this week when the Journal reported two instances of clowns attempting to lure kids into the woods in Northeast Winston. But none of these national or local stories has been substantiated. Police don’t have any clowns in custody.

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.

Honor The East Winston Library By Rebuilding It

Last Saturday, Mayor Joines, members of the city council and other city/county officials and honored guests gathered to celebrate yet another historical marker unveiling in the city. As a history major, I’m thrilled to see another historical marker in Winston. But I see little reason to honor the East Winston Library. When I first read that the East Winston Library (referred to formally as the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center) on East 7th Street was being honored, I must admit I wondered what exactly was being honored. The East Winston Library is way past its expiration date.

HOPE VI Demolished Happy Hill

“They took one of the old notorious housing projects, and they leveled it and rebuilt it as “Mixed Income Housing”. It’s called “Hope Six,” and it’s supposed to… sort of rejuvenate everything. It certainly looks a lot better.”           -Paul Schwartzman

 

British rock veteran P.J. Harvey recently released her new album titled, The HOPE 6 Demolition Project. Harvey traveled to war-torn Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to find material for the Hope Six Demolition Project.

City Gives Preliminary Approval to Ujima CDC Development

Last Monday, the Winston-Salem City Council’s finance committee approved $2.5 million in loans to Ujima Community Development Corporation for its development project, Emmanuel Retirement Village. The matter will be brought before the full council tomorrow. Ujima, is a CDC composed mostly of Emmanuel Baptist Church members, it formed in 2005. Ujima is one of the core principles of Kwanza. Ujima stresses collective work and responsibility and collective community betterment. Ujima CDC believes that 50 market-rate rental units (with rents ranging from $899-$950 per month) for senior citizens aged 62 and up off of Old Greensboro Road will better Northeast Winston.

Union Station, Moving East Winston Forward Or Removing Poor People From Downtown Winston?

Recently the city of Winston-Salem finally broke ground on its Union Station property, located at 300 Martin Luther King Drive, right beside of Winston-Salem State University. There are many Union Stations throughout the country. Winston-Salem abandoned it’s Union Station in 1970. Up until 2012 the site was home to Davis Garage. In 2012 the city used eminent domain to acquire the former Union Station building and property from Harvey Davis. For years now there has been speculation, but precious few details about what the city was planning to do with Union Station.