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Old August 11th, 2007, 03:46 PM   #121
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well unlike other NC cities, the president of DWSP says the plan is to first, turn downtown into an 18 hour city instead of 24 hours. I can respect that goal. i think it shows an ambitious plan, but not so ambitious that it sounds unattainable for this stage in revitalizing the core.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Research park asks city to help pay for wet lab
Officials say it will improve competition


By Bertrand M. Gutierrez
JOURNAL REPORTER

The Piedmont Triad Research Park wants the city of Winston-Salem to contribute $125,000 to help pay for new lab space at the park.

In the research industry, the labs in question are called wet labs, because they would have plumbing and an exhaust system that deals with chemicals. But the real value, park officials say, is that wet labs would provide incubator space that could help the park attract startup research companies.

Tom Ingram, the project manager at the research park, said yesterday that the labs would be an important economic-development tool.

“When people have ideas, they’re going to go places that will help them develop them,” Ingram said.

Other research parks offer incubator space and have attracted companies that had been interested in Winston-Salem. Derwick Paige, the deputy city manager, said that some companies that have expressed interest in doing research in Winston-Salem have chosen not to set up here.

“Some still come to Winston-Salem, but many of them go elsewhere,” he said in a written description of the park’s financial request.

The main role of a wet lab is to bring in a company that doesn’t have enough money to build its own lab and allow it to use the space for a certain period of time.

City officials said that the research park wants to build three labs with a combined 5,000 square feet of space. The cost to build them is estimated to be $626,000. The park has raised $378,000 from private sources. Ingram said that the research park is asking for money from the city and other places, including Forsyth County.

The research park now has more than 800 employees, and 28 companies have set up there that are not affiliated with Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which owns the research park.

Mark Wright, a spokesman for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said that there are about six Wake Forest programs in the park, including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Mayor Allen Joines said he supports the request for money, noting that the goal is to have businesses stay here, create jobs and increase the tax base.

“For many years, as we have been working on … the research park, it was clear that some type of low-cost wet-lab space was going to be necessary if we were go to be competitive,” he said.

The proposal will be considered Monday by the Winston-Salem City Council’s finance committee, and then it will go to the full council.

■ Bertrand M. Gutierrez can be reached at 727-7283 or at [email protected].

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TwinCity,

Thanks for all the updates. Winston-Salem continues to progress in a very nice way.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #123
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Outstanding update photos, TwinCity The West End project will certainly create momentum for even more great redevelopments and infills. One little remark on what you said. While all NC cities strive for the 24/7 goal, most of them actually talk about the 18/5 phase. I know we did the same here and we are still working on it. Back to the topic, I have no doubts that DT W-S will manage to get much closer to the 24/7 once the residential projects under way get completed. I don't know what is the magic number for downtown population, but I think once a downtown reaches 15,000, things begin to move faster towards a 24/7 place.

General question: what are the areas in DT W-S where new residential development can create the 24/7 environment faster?
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ziggy's to move downtown after building is sold
Plan is for it to close in November, then reopen next September


By Michael Hewlett

Baity Street has been home to Ziggy’s Tavern for the past 16 years, a place people could go to hear an eclectic mix of music, from heavy metal to hip-hop.

Now Ziggy’s Tavern is packing up and moving downtown. Jay Stephens, who bought Ziggy’s Tavern in 1991, said yesterday that he is closing the club at 433 Baity St. in November and plans to open up at a new location in the old Woolworth building on Liberty Street on Sept. 1, 2008.

Stephens said he is selling the Baity Street property to Quantum Real Estate Capital, a Winston-Salem real-estate development company. The company hasn’t decided what it will do with the property.

The deal isn’t final, said Tom Massey, the chief operating officer for Quantum. He said that the property is under contract. Neither he nor Stephens would disclose a selling price.

The property has a value of $173,406, according to Forsyth County tax records.

For more than 30 years, Ziggy’s Tavern has been a staple in the live-music scene in Winston-Salem. It started off as the White Horse Pub on Deacon Boulevard in the 1970s.

The name changed to Ziggy’s Tavern. The club soon became a favorite spot for college students and others to listen to music a bit outside the mainstream. In 1988, the club moved to Baity Street.

Stephens bought the club in 1991 and built a reputation for consistently booking national acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Phish, Hootie and the Blowfish and KRS-One.

His success has come despite some hard times. The club has faced fines over violating the city’s noise ordinances. An effort to build a second club, called Ziggy’s Uptown, fell through.

But this time, the closing couldn’t have come at a better time, Stephens said. He is planning to open another club, called Bazaar, in the upper level of the Downtown Deli at 209 W. Fourth St., this fall. He will co-own the club with Tim Welborn and J.D. Byers, both lawyers in Winston-Salem.

Quantum Real Estate Capital approached Stephens earlier this year about selling the Baity Street property. But he wasn’t ready to sell, he said. He wanted to nail down when Bazaar would open.

Once he figured that out, he negotiated with Quantum on a selling price, and he decided that November would be the perfect time to shut the doors at the Baity Street club. In November, the club will celebrate the closing during its annual Thanksgathering Festival, Stephens said.

This isn’t the first time that Stephens had been approached about selling the property. In 2005, he told the Winston-Salem Journal that he had been approached by Wake Forest University, which had been buying up property in and around Baity Street.

Jon M. Corts, the chief executive officer for Quantum, said that the company doesn’t know yet what it wants to do with the Baity Street property.

The company has an interest in improving properties in the area around University Parkway and Deacon Boulevard, he said.

“We believe this area has not realized its best commercial or retail potential for a number of years and continues to decline,” he said in an e-mail.

Quantum has bought several buildings over the past few months, including the former Wendy’s restaurant that will soon become a Moby’s Coffee, Corts said. The company has also renovated the former Russell building for commercial use, he said.

Wake Forest University is planning to lease space in the building for one of its University Advancement departments, he said.

Jason Thiel, the president of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, said he was glad to hear that Ziggy’s is moving downtown.

“This is the kind of use that would be great for the Woolworth building,” he said. “It fits in with our goals with the downtown plan.”

But downtown’s gain will be Baity Street’s loss. The Baity Street building will be demolished, Stephens said.

“I will be taking every piece of Ziggy’s and taking it to Fourth Street, board by board,” he said.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

IT company Voyss Solutions opens office in downtown

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Voyss Solutions, an information-technology company based in Hickory, said yesterday that it opened an office at 601 W. Fourth St. in Winston-Salem.

The company provides IT and telecommunication services for small-to-medium businesses, said Perry Swaim, Voyss’ chief executive. Eight employees work in the Winston-Salem office.
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American Basketball Association Announces Expansion to Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has added Winston-Salem, North Carolina to its roster of expansion teams for the 2008 season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "We are very pleased to be back in North Carolina - a great basketball state - and we have an excellent, well-qualified group of individuals leading the way. This will be a very successful organization." Wesley E. Mason, III will serve as co-owner of the team. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services in Winston-Salem. "Wes is a driven, passionate, visionary leader who not only inspires his colleagues for excellence, but the lives of young people," added Newman. "Wes will bring the same energy to the Winston -Salem ABA team." LaToya Camille Shine Mason is the other co-owner. Currently she owns and operates Edible Arrangements in North Little Rock, AR and successfully manages several real estate properties. "My vision is to bring a quality basketball team to Winston-Salem that will be entertaining and affordable to the community," said Mrs. Mason.

Louis Vincent has been appointed team General Manager. A graduate of Port Chester High School, Louis received an athletic scholarship to Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He played pro ball in England for four years. "

The Triad Community will be given the opportunity to name their team. “This is the community’s team” states Wes Mason. The community will be able to vote at 12 local businesses who have already pledged support of the team or vote online at www.triadaba.com. Locations include Tee Time Sports & Spirits, Hooters (Hanes Mall), Fox and Hound Pub & Grille (Lower Mall), Sports Zone Bar, My Cousin Vinny’s, Wings to Go, Cahill & Swain Incorporated, Ham’s Restaurant (Stratford Road), Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (Hanes Mall Blvd.), Cuttin Hair Barber Shop, Mountain Fried Chicken and Nitty Gritty Soul Café. Voting will last for 30 days from August 6th - September 6th.

The Triad ABA will have a travel team this year to play against colleges and other ABA teams for exhibition and charity. “We are looking for a roster of 12 men that are willing to play in an exciting environment and be willing to give back to the community”, stated General Manager Lou Vincent. Tryouts will be held Friday, September 7th from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. and Saturday, September 8th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Official ABA play will not begin until the 2008-2009 season.

Community support is instrumental for the basketball team to be successful for years to come. Currently there are negotiations with the Joel Coliseum to play at the Annex. “Winston-Salem is already in the running for the 2009 ABA All-Star game, states Wes Mason. “I have discussed this with the CEO of the ABA. This is basketball country and there isn’t a better choice than Winston-Salem, North Carolina to hold such an event.”

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Baptist changes plans to expand
New proposal spurred by construction issues, more




Construction problems, neighborhood objections and a change in some of its management have caused N.C. Baptist Hospital to change the site for a $218 million expansion that was presented earlier this year.

The hospital had planned to build a new emergency-department entrance off Hawthorne Road, realign a section of Queen Street and demolish three buildings for a new emergency tower.

At its recent quarterly board meeting, the board approved a new location for the emergency department on the site of parking decks A and B on Medical Center Boulevard, said Karen Huey, the interim vice president of facilities, planning and construction for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The hospital hopes to have a final design approved by Feb. 1, 2008.

“I think we feel very positive about it, and there are a lot of benefits,” Huey said.

Although the hospital has chosen to focus on that location, the originally proposed site, as well as a site on parking deck B, are both still being considered, she said.

The two parking-deck locations would allow the hospital to keep the ambulance entrance and the helipad stop where they are now, Huey said. The parking decks would then be moved to property that the hospital owns on the western side of its campus, close to the current Ardmore station post office on Miller Street. The hospital owns the building and the land.

“Pushing the decks out now gives us a better opportunity for longer-range planning within the confines of campus,” she said. “If we were to do what we’re looking at, it would be the first piece of an entire 20-year plan of revamping within the circle.”

The hospital held meetings with the Ardmore Neighborhood Association earlier in the year, in which Ardmore residents questioned the original plan.

Residents were concerned about the increased noise and traffic that would result from moving the emergency department to the neighborhood side of the Baptist campus.

Baptist officials had said that they looked at six possible sites for the new emergency-intensive-care department and that the site they chose allowed them to tear down several obsolete buildings that were scheduled for demolition. Those buildings included Meads Hall, the Progressive Care Building and the General Clinical Research Center.

Huey said that problems emerged with the Hawthorne Road location in the spring. A tunnel that starts above ground and runs underneath Meads Hall and then connects to the Sticht Center and MRI Building is an important connector for transporting patients, as well as food, laundry and other support services. The hospital cannot tear down Meads Hall and still maintain the section of the tunnel.

In demolishing the three buildings, hospital officials also realized that they would lose 175,000 square feet, Huey said. It would be difficult for the hospital to squeeze the services offered in those buildings into another space.

In studying the options, the hospital realized that one of the parking decks is reaching the point of needing major upgrades, Huey said.

Julie Magness, a member of the Ardmore Neighborhood Association, said that the new plan makes a lot of sense, although she will reserve judgment until she hears about traffic studies.

“Can the infrastructure handle their plans?” she said. “Certainly, it can handle it a whole lot better down toward the highway.”

Magness said she would be concerned if the scale of development starts requiring wider roads around a neighborhood with very small front yards.

In talking with her neighbors, Magness said that there is also concern about losing the Ardmore station post office.

Postmaster David Baracio said that the facilities-service operation of the U.S. Postal Service in Greensboro would research the possibility of leasing, renting or buying a new postal site.

Mary Harper, who lives in Ardmore and has attended meetings between the neighborhood and the hospital, said that it’s time for the hospital to get used to working with the neighborhood.

Some large hospitals in other cities are surrounded by blighted areas and the hospitals can pretty much do what they want, she said. Being in the middle of an attractive neighborhood is good for the hospital, but it carries with it a responsibility to be sensitive to how its development affects Ardmore.

“Everyone wants the hospital to be successful,” she said. “The neighborhood wants the hospital to be successful.”

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several new downtown restaurants...

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Caffe Prada coming to Fourth and Broad this fall

Coming this fall is a new café to the downtown and West End neighborhood. Caffe Prada Espresso Bar and Gelateria is coming to the newly completed Fourth and Broad Condominiums located at 390 Broad Street. The proprietors are Alex Prada and Ken Hart. They just relocated to the Winston-Salem area this winter after spending close to 20 years in New York City.

Caffe Prada will occupy 1,400 square feet of space and feature fresh coffee, espresso, pastries, gelato (Italian Ice Cream) and prepared salads. Plans also include having a small international food market that will stock a number of gourmet products such as pasta, cheeses, bread, oils and everyday grocery items. Additionally, they will have Fabian Botta's famous take-and-bake "Botta Bing" pizza. Caffe Prada should do well since the Fourth and Broad Street corner is one of the busiest in downtown and within walking distance of a number of businesses and residents in and around the West End area.

However, Prada and Hart hope to create a "Third Place" where friends, co-workers and the downtown neighborhood cast of characters, can come and talk about the world going on around them. Something we are starting to see more of around the downtown area. An opening is planned for this fall. Stay tuned for details. For more information visit http://www.caffeprada.com.
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Washington Park area Neighborhood Grocery in the works.

Coming soon to the Washington Park area is a neighborhood grocery. John and Jayne Johnston, proprietors of Swain's Grocery (a local bar and hangout), hope to open a small grocery next to the bar. They are looking to convert a former 5,000-square-foot mattress store located 228 West Acadia Street into a neat neighborhood store that will stock essentials for the home, and have a deli, fresh coffee and a specialty beer and wine selection. The grocery should be well stocked with items folk might like since John Johnston is in the convenience store food brokerage business as part of his "day job". Since their other business has become a neighborhood hangout, they plan to construct a deck in the front and side of the building for patrons to park their tushes for a spell and socialize.

Before they proceed, the Johnstons would love to hear from you folks who live, work or attend school in the Washington Park area about what items the grocery should stock. For your input and suggestions e-mail them to [email protected]. Once all the building plans come together, renovation will start soon with an opening planned for early winter. Stay tuned for details.
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Brueggers Bagels and Dilworth Coffeehouses now open downtown

Brueggers Bagels and Dilworth Coffeehouse s now open in the Nissen Building at Fourth and Cherry Streets. The dual concept is the brainchild of The Bagel Boys/The Coffee Boys, LLC and includes the bagel franchise in one part of the space and Dilworth Coffee House, which is based out of Charlotte, in the other.

Their brand of gourmet, roasted whole coffee beans is growing in popularity in the region. Both establishments occupy 2,300 square feet and will seat 60 patrons. Brueggers Bagels and Dilworth Coffeehouse also have access to WiFi using the Fourth Street free wireless connection. Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Cotton Mill restaurant opening in September @ the Historic Brookstown Mill

Opening soon in the Brookstown Mill, south of downtown located at 200 Brookstown Avenue - The Cotton Mill restaurant. The proprietors are familiar to those who dine in the Downtown Arts District. They are Vivian Joyner and Stephanie Tyson, owners of the hugely popular Sweet Potatoes restaurant at 529 Trade Street. Their second restaurant venture is located in the historic Brookstown Mill, which dates back to 1837 when it housed Salem Cotton Mill and Arista Cotton Mill. The building is listed in National Register of Historic Places and now houses the Brookstown Inn, Visit Winston-Salem and a number of commercial offices.

The Cotton Mill restaurant will occupy 3,500 square feet of space and feature Southern cuisine in a white table cloth ambiance. It will seat 75 patrons. The difference between their Sweet Potatoes location, (which will remain open before the rumors start flying) and the new restaurant will be a larger selection of entrees due to a newly built state of the art kitchen. This will give Stephanie Tyson and her culinary staff a bit more elbow room to try some creative dishes. Prices will range from $10-$25 for entrées. The Cotton Mill restaurant will have full ABC permits that will suit the new larger bar for patrons looking to meet up with friends after work or prior to dinner. They will be open seven days a week. Hours will be Sunday-Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday 5:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Additionally, they will be providing room service to the Brooktown Inn hotel guest. An anticipated opening is the week of September 16th. Stay tuned for further details.
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College Park groundbreaking

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) -- Officials have broken ground on College Park, a new 159 single family home and townhome housing development that is meant to revitalize an entire Winston-Salem neighborhood. The development is called 'College Park at the Gateway' and its the final phase of a big project by the Winston-Salem housing authority. Officials have officially broken ground on the site near Happy Hills in Winston-Salem.

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Excellent photos, TwinCity!!! They were much appreciated
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Wake Forest Football Stadium to be called BB&T Field

Sept. 5, 2007


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University and BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today announced a 10-year agreement to rename the Wake Forest football stadium as "BB&T Field at Wake Forest University" beginning with the 2008 season.

A brief renaming ceremony for the 31,500-seat stadium between Reynolds and Deacon boulevards - currently known as Groves Stadium - will be held between the first and second quarters of the Deacons' 2007 home-opening game against Nebraska on Saturday. BB&T Chairman and CEO John A. Allison and WFU President Nathan O. Hatch will be present for the event.

"Wake Forest University and BB&T are both major hometown institutions," said Ron Wellman, director of athletics at Wake Forest. "We both share the same vision of Winston-Salem in terms of values, ideals and a future vision for the community."

Acquiring the naming rights for the Wake Forest football stadium is another significant step for the company in its growing and more-focused sports marketing program. BB&T is also involved in NASCAR, college and high school sports, minor league baseball events and the NFL. BB&T was recently granted naming rights to an 11-field soccer complex just outside Winston-Salem, one of the premier soccer facilities in North Carolina - officially named last month as "BB&T Soccer Park."

"We're proud of our close relationship with Wake Forest University and the Demon Deacons athletics program," said BB&T Chief Marketing Officer Steve Wiggs. "This agreement takes BB&T's long association with the university to a higher level, just as the football team is realizing its best performance ever on the field.

"I know Winston-Salem and Wake Forest alumni everywhere are proud of last season's ACC champions, and I hope our clients and employees will feel an added sense of pride and home field advantage every time they see BB&T Field at Wake Forest University."

Attendance at Wake Forest football games has soared over the last six years, consistent with the arrival of head coach Jim Grobe. In 2006, the Deacons played at home in front of three of the top 10 crowds in stadium history. The Deacons averaged 32,515 fans per home game last year to break the school record for season average. WFU has broken its season attendance average in three of the last four years.

Demon Deacon head football coach Jim Grobe said, "We are very appreciative of the support for our football program from BB&T. Their support is a key to our success and keeps Wake Forest football on the fast track."

BB&T Corporation and its subsidiaries offer full-service commercial and retail banking and additional financial services such as insurance, investments, retail brokerage, mortgage, corporate finance, consumer finance, payment services, international banking, leasing and trust.

BB&T operates more than 1,500 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Washington, D.C.

With $127.6 billion in assets, BB&T Corporation is the nation's 11th largest financial holding company. More information about the company is available at www.BBT.com.
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WFU eyes remake of athletics corridor

The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area - September 7, 2007by Matt HarringtonThe Business Journal Serving the Greater Triad Area

Julie Knight


As Wake Forest University begins a campuswide master-planning process, sources close to the university say it could lead to a vast change for the Deacon Boulevard and Baity Street corridor near the school's athletics facilities.

School officials, including Athletics Director Ron Wellman, declined to comment on potential outcomes of the planning process, which follows on the heels of a campuswide strategic-planning process.

caption: the Wendy’s on Deacon Boulevard in Winston-Salem is one of the properties in Wake Forest University’s athletics corridor set to be renovated,
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a descriptive observation of downtown...

City Waking Up: Residents and workers greet the day downtown

By Linda Brinson
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Linda Brinson

I watched Winston-Salem come to life.

On two mornings recently, I arrived at the YWCA - the old one, on Glade Street - for my morning workout, only to find that the women’s locker room that I usually use was closed. There was a problem with the air conditioner.

So I abandoned my plans to use the fitness room’s equipment and headed downtown to the Journal’s parking lot on Spruce Street between Fourth and Fifth instead.

Both mornings, the heat had not yet soared to the intolerable level, so I decided to take a walk downtown. My intention was simply to get some exercise, but I serendipitously discovered the joys of watching the city wake up.

Ample trees, shrubs, hanging baskets and other flowers softened the urban landscape. Interesting exteriors invited patrons into many buildings that had stood empty a few years before. I walked past three - was it four? - coffee shops, wafting heady aromas that seemed to be enticing plenty of customers.

Outside shops and restaurants, there was a pleasant bustle, a sense of anticipation, as drivers made deliveries, and workers unlocked doors, set up tables for sidewalk dining and readied things for the day. At some buildings, construction crews were setting up their equipment for another day’s work on the latest renovation.

Neatly dressed people passed by purposefully on the sidewalks, apparently on their way to work at the many downtown office buildings.

Others, wearing athletic shoes and casual clothes, seemed to be sharing my idea about taking a brisk constitutional before the day got too hot. Some walked in pairs, chatting as they went. A few people were walking well-mannered dogs, who inspected lampposts and fire hydrants with considerable interest. A couple of young males in running attire loped easily past. Some of these people, I figured, must be part of the new wave of urban pioneers living in downtown apartments and condos.

I stopped by the post office on Town Run Lane to drop a couple of letters into the box, then crossed the street and headed down the strollway that runs to Old Salem. That stretch of my walk was something of a Memory Lane, reminding me of the years when my younger son attended the Downtown Middle School and I often walked down the strollway to meet him. On the mornings of my recent walks, school was not yet in session, and I turned around near the parking lot. All along the strollway, with its welcome shade, people were striding toward the city’s center.

On Main Street, a gaggle of folks stretched down the sidewalk, waiting to clear security and enter the Forsyth County Hall of Justice. Nattily dressed men and women carrying briefcases - lawyers, most likely - hurried toward the building. A more motley assortment of people straggled into the line or clustered in small knots on the sidewalk, deep in earnest conversations. The thought that each person - whether the aggrieved, the charged, a witness or a loved one - represented a very human story made me nostalgic for my reporter’s days, when I could sit in a courtroom and watch the dramas unfold. Real-life justice can be more gripping - and more instructive - than the made-for-TV version.

Trade Street and the Downtown Arts District were bustling in their own way, with people coming and going, unlocking doors and hauling in supplies.

And there, at Cherry and Sixth, was a feast for the eyes. Men and women were setting up their displays of produce at the Downtown Farmers Market - yellow squash, cool cucumbers, red and purple tomatoes, green beans, ears of corn. … There were big, bright bouquets of cut flowers and an array of plants for sale, too.

As I walked slowly past, I could hear snatches of conversation about families, medical conditions, crops and - most of all - the terrible, relentless, dry, hot weather. Those pleasant country accents were another reminder of the past, of the days when the flue-cured tobacco market would open at one of the warehouses in downtown Winston-Salem at about this time of year. Tobacco auctions offered a great opportunity to see and hear farmers and their families catching up on all the gossip.

The streets and sidewalks outside the hotels and convention center were swarming with activity.

Downtown often gets lively in the evenings, too, especially when there’s music downtown, a gallery hop in the Arts District or some other event that brings people into the city for entertainment. Those occasions are great.

But there was something heartening about seeing the early-morning stirring, about seeing people going about their lives and their business, doing those routine exercises and tasks that begin a new day in a thriving city.

As I watched Winston-Salem waking up, coming to life, it struck me that the start of the day could be an apt metaphor for the start of a new era in this old downtown.

• Linda Brinson is the Journal’s editorial-page editor. She can be reached at [email protected].
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another SUBWAY is coming to 616 West Fourth Street. A lease for 1500 s.f. has been signed which will allow for 30-40 seats in the restaurant, which will be a second location for franchise owners who currently operate a Subway store at 8 West Third Street. Look for an early 2008 opening with operating hours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Thanks for the updates. One Park Vista is coming along very well, too. According to their website, 19 units are left, which should not be hard to sell by the completion of this project.
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they rarely update their website. it said 19 were left when ground broke so im assuming that some of those have already been purchased by now...and thanks for the compliment.
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Quite honestly, I am amazed at the pre-sales, regardless - I am speaking generally, about every similar project. How can people buy something as valuable as a home, before they even see it, is beyond me. To pre-sell enough units to break ground is not as easy as it sounds. Eventually, Winston-Salem's efforts to increase its downtown population will pay off. Projects like One Park Vista will set the tone and their success will "invite" more such visions. I am truthfully amazed with the residential development in DT Winston-Salem. A few years from now, residential high-rises in your city will become more viable and attractive, thanks to the success of projects like One Park Vista.
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Great pics. Looks like W-S is catching some great projects and developments
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The pics are awesome. One day, I'm coming up to Winston-Salem for a photoshoot.
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Quite honestly, I am amazed at the pre-sales, regardless - I am speaking generally, about every similar project. How can people buy something as valuable as a home, before they even see it, is beyond me.
I think that there's a contractual agreement that allows the buyers to opt out if they're not satisfied, probably with a cancellation fee. Or maybe there are lemon laws that protect them. I honestly have no clue in hell how the process works. I'm an undergrad in Biochem. I'm just here for the pretty pictures.

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Seriously, though, would you buy a condo before you even see it? I am sure there are laws that protect the buyers, in case something is not delivered as promised, but still... It must be tough for a developer to break ground with less than 50% pre-sales/reservations. If the project is elegant, however, I find it hard to believe that buyers will not respond. At least, One Park Vista looks like a nice building and from what the developer said, they spent a lot of time on the floorplans.
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