Fifty years ago this weekend, a Downtown Winston-Salem landmark was demolished. On a cold late March morning back in 1972, a crowd gathered in front of First Baptist on Fifth Street to witness the Robert E. Lee Hotel’s demolition. The Robert E. Lee Hotel long ago surrendered to the whims of urban planners. The grand hotel with a p… More
The January 25 meeting of the Downtown Winston-Salem Business Improvement District Advisory Committee featured a surprisingly honest albeit brief discussion on the lack of affordable housing in the center city. The lack of affordable or even workforce housing downtown is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows that Downtown Wi… More
Why does the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem own a $3.5 million commercial building on Fourth Street that houses no one? This is a question that I have delved into in a previous post. But I’m back at it again. And this time, I have more documents on the subject to share.
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On June 4, 2010, city, county, and state officials joined local elites in celebrating the start of Wake Forest Biotech Place’s transformation from shuttered tobacco building to a modern research facility. The event was called “Innovation Takes Form.” Mayor Joines and leaders at the Piedmont Triad Research Pa… More
“This is the very first major part of bringing that East End Master Plan vision to life. It’s just a phenomenal project.” -Annette Scippio, April 5, 2021, WSNC City Council meeting.
The Garden Court Apartments are going to be redeveloped. The modestly built apartment units that have been vacant during the pandem… More
Earlier this week, New Hanover County officially approved Novant Health’s $5.3 billion purchase of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. All that’s left is for the state attorney general to sign off on the “remarkable” merger-and, that appears to be a formality.
The October 5, 2020 meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council concluded in just under one hour and ten minutes. The meeting was comprised of “two zoning petitions, two UDO text amendments, and an item related to the adopting of the downtown streetscape master plan.”
Arbor Acres’s zoning petition was a little con… More
Mary’s Gourmet Diner will not be reopening. I read the sad news that a pillar of Downtown Winston-Salem’s restaurant scene is calling it quits in Wednesday’s paper. Mary Hagland’s many Facebook followers got the news earlier this week. Hagland told Michael Hastings, the Journal’s food writer tha… More
Friday’s edition of the PBS NewsHour featured a piece on Tinariwen’s concert at The Ramkat back in September. It was a nice seven-minute and twenty-second segment that the NewsHour is using as holiday filler.
It’s interesting to see our city through the national media’s lense, if only for a brief moment. The News… More
There wasn’t a lot on the Public Safety Committee’s agenda last night. After going through a list of routine items, there was time available for the residents of Crystal Towers to speak. Three residents of Crystal Towers took to the people’s microphone last night and asked the City to address unsafe intersection… More