Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This is not a clever or particularly informative blog entry. We saw these signs near the Forsyth County Career Center on Sunday evening. The Career Center offers advanced placement courses to studenst from all of the high schools in Winston-Salem. It is inaccessible except by car. Perhaps arguments over parking spaces fuel the implicit violence?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Everything that the blog dislikes about the suburban nature of our city appears, at first glance, to be epitomized by Forsyth Technical Community College, which is located off Silas Creek Parkway near Interstate 40 Peters Creek Parkway. It's great to have a community college, but the buildings - mainly brutal 1970s type concrete - are islands in a sea of parking lots. The campus is accessible only by car and is not connected in any direct way to the surrounding neighborhoods. On a short walk on Sunday evening, however, the blog discovered the Kristin Hartz Memorial Garden, and its view is now a bit more nuanced. This garden, which is maintained by the horticulture students at Forsyth Tech, transforms one of Winston-Salem's creeksides into a place of quiet natural beauty. Here's a brief account from the Summer 2008 Tech Quarterly: The Hartz Garden welcomes students and visitors to the Main Campus, and might be called Forsyth Tech’s most beautiful lab. The garden is named for Kristin Hartz, an honors graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill, who decided that horticulture was her true calling. She was a student in the young horticulture program in 1988 when she tragically died in a car accident. Her family established a trust that has helped the garden grow and thrive. Now that we know the origin of the garden and who tends it, one mystery still remains: Does anyone but the occasional wayward blog ever walk there?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
...over Silas Creek Parkway. This walkway was photographed by Susan, who drove her trusty Toyota over the Appalachian mountains to give a talk at East Tennessee State University on Wednesday. Her hosts were highly amused by her fascination with this walkway, which allowed her to cross safely from her hotel to the biology building.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sherwood Forest Elementary School Addition
Addition of approximately 13,753 sq. ft. and renovation of approximately 6,500 sq. ft.
Projected Opening Date: Fall, 2010
Plans Available: January 2009
Actual Bid Date: February 24, 2009
Contractor: Shelco, Inc.
Contract Amount: $3,629,300.00
Architect: Smith Norwood Architecture - (336) 744-8100
WS/FCS Construction Specialist: Chris Radesi
Visited by the blog on Monday evening, September 21, 2009. It's hard to tell what the function of the new space with all the windows will be. Jon thinks: a new library.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Some of the nicest houses in Winston-Salem have some of the most fortress-like sides...these houses were all photographed on a walk last week in a single neighborhood ...modern American house plans allow homeowners to live in the suburbs with the same amount of natural light as they would get if they lived in a row house in Philadelphia...it's puzzling, and it's quite possible that looking at so much bad design is what put Jon in his current state of being "under the weather."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Acting on a tip from Mary's friend, Davis, the blog went to the end of Bethel Church Road on Sunday evening (off Burke Mill Road, more or less behind the medical facilities behind Hanes Mall) and found a well-tended 19th century cemetery adjacent to a 1970s-style Methodist Church. The church itself is architecturally undistinguished, but it seems to be in the process of converting the adjacent land into a DIY nature preserve. The blog was impressed by the careful maintenance of the cemetery (which features many early 19th century grave markers) and the overall sense of welcome conveyed by the signs. The blog was unhappy that the chruch's website did not convey any historical information about the site, only the cryptic comment that "we have not been the ideal church in the past and we know this." If you are looking for a peaceful walk in Winston-Salem, this is it.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The blog typically thinks of itself as shy and retiring, and its idea of a good time is an evening spent at home calculating walk scores. But occasionally the blog steps out. On Friday the blog went to Tanglewood Park in Forsyth County for the Department of Biology's annual picnic; on Saturday the blog tailgated with friends, including the remarkably cuddly and chubby Ian Eastman-Mullins, before watching the Deacons come back to beat the Stanford Cardinal 24-17. Friday wine had to be deferred until Saturday evening, at which time all the blog had the energy to do was watch the USC Trojans beat OSU. Despite the Buckeyes' unexpected loss, it was nice to see their mascot in action (see post on September 9 to see why Jon now "gets" the OSU mascot)...
Friday, September 11, 2009
Ardmore is a good example of old urbanism because, from its origins early in the 20th century, its structures and streets were built with the automobile in mind. We found a pocket of near "new urbanism" on our recent walk in Ardmore. It's hard to say exactly why or how, but the tiny development of Ashview conveyed the sense of a street in a small New England town. See how close the house fronts are to the street - very unusual for Winston-Salem.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Is this a buckeye? Susan and Nate think that the seeds, which are very smooth and pleasant to handle, look like they are buckeyes, but Nate pointed out that the seed pod is spikier than he remembers playing with as a child...Also, would your house look as good as this Ardmore house if you removed all of its siding? The blog walked last night in developments off Shallowford Road...new territory but a very hard place to walk along the main road after dark. Susan is therefore assigning (by fiat) all of Lewisville a negative walk score.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
of the one room schoolhouse in the Oak Grove section of Winston-Salem, where the blog walked on the Sunday evening before Labor Day. The Winston-Salem Foundation supported the restoration - one of the board members is a former student at the school. His comment pretty much tells the story: "If you learned a little something, you wouldn't be a tenant farmer." Jon was chagrined that he had lived in an apartment nearby and never previously known of the school's existence, but at the time he lived nearby it was clearly just another shack...unfortunately the domain name for www.historicoakgrovesc expired on 08/08/2009 and is pending renewal or deletion, so the blog was stumped in its quest for historic photographs...The building was restored by the Rural Initiative Project, Inc., and deeded to the Forsyth County YWCA when completed.