Our point of view: Welcome to autumn

It’s an autumn paradox that when our hemisphere cools down, preparing for a long slumber, it also feels energized by the bright colors of fall foliage, with reds, oranges, yellows and greens. bursting into effervescent bursts. Movement, in terms of outdoor recreation, can also be performed more easily and vigorously without the energy-consuming heat of summer. In Winston-Salem, we noticed a burst of energy around downtown construction and development. Where much of it has slumbered or slowed down during our COVID crisis, we are now seeing earth moved and particleboard stapled in place. It’s encouraging to see this industry, this progress, and to know that our city will continue to develop in a dynamic and rewarding way.

Two projects in particular, in the heart of the city centre, showed visible progress: Merschel Park and the new Kaleideum museum.

Park development remained long enough for a hill of dirt to grow a lawn; now it has been cleared and the concrete is poured. Soon, trees and a more intentional lawn will follow, along with a 30-foot kinetic sculpture, resulting in a new park that is set to connect several prominent downtown draws.

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The multi-story Kaleideum, the result of the merger of Winston-Salem’s science and children’s museums, stands like a giant on its haunches, with workers and heavy machinery humming, a hive of activity with daily progress visible .

Tourists and residents will one day enjoy these amenities.

A little further east, the Quartier de l’Innovation is also preparing for a burst of new activity in its second phase. IQ also fell asleep after a dramatic initial transformation. But its leaders are now working towards a second phase of development that will include more residential construction as well as retail and restaurant spaces.

However, the challenges moving forward have increased, given that none of the QI’s still undeveloped 28 acres contains buildings eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits, which has helped spur growth. former. In most construction projects, prices have increased with the supply chain disruptions that have accompanied COVID. This makes construction more difficult, especially new projects.

But you can’t hold Winston-Salem.

In the meantime, the City of Arts and Innovation will benefit from a few colorful murals being created in prominent locations: one outside the Quality Mart at the corner of Broad and Fifth Streets; the other on the building on Spruce Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. They both present historical and cultural touchstones to our thriving and vibrant city.

Nearby, at the corner of Fourth and Spruce streets, the new brick and corten steel sculpture called “Resilience – Still I Rise”, honoring science, education, innovation, technology and business, has claimed its position. We need more of this please – more city and business sponsorship. It wouldn’t hurt to take a few creative risks either, with art less rooted in tradition, leaning more towards… innovation. We are looking forward to the dandelion.

Spring might seem like a more appropriate season for those buds to spring up. But any season, under the right circumstances, can produce and promote growth. And growth leads to hope, resilience and the kind of individuality that tells the world that Winston-Salem has a unique, productive and valuable identity.

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