Category: In the media

Roof Raised on Tradition Cornerstone

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Over 50 people attended the ‘roof raising’ of the Meeting Place structure onto the Tradition Cornerstone site located at the corner of Smith and Prescott Streets in December.  Lajos Heder, one of the artists from Harries + Heder Collaborative was on site to supervise the placing of the roof onto the structure. A Big Belly solar-powered trash receptacle and drinking fountain have since been installed at the site.  Work continues on the site and depending on the weather, plans are to have the site completed by the end of March 2014-just in time for Spring! This will be a great site for picnics, family gatherings, birthday parties, and a place to have lunch during your workday.  Look for an upcoming announcement for the ribbon cutting.  We hope to see you there!

Project Greenway Editorial in the Greensboro News & Record

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Special thanks to Project Greenway Leaders for a passionate and compelling editorial, Project Greenway Investment Worth Every Dollar Spent, in this Sunday's Greensboro News & Record. To read the full article, click here. Project Greenway is a recently formed citizen advocacy group supporting economic development in Greensboro through the creation of the Downtown Greenway.

Downtown Greenway Featured on NEA Blog

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Read about the Downtown Greenway on the National Endowment for the Arts blog.  Click here to see the blog entry! In July 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Greenway a grant of $100,000 as a part of its Mayor's Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative. From more than 200 applicants from across the country, the Greensboro Downtown Greenway project was selected as one of 21 grants totaling $3 million. The grant will support the restoration of an abandoned railroad underpass in a section of the Greenway to be known as Morehead Linear Park.  This phase, to be constructed beginning this fall, starts at West Lee Street and the Freeman Mill Road ramp and runs north along Freeman Mill Road to Spring Garden Street. The underpass formerly served both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from both Spring Street and Cedar Street as they merged to allow for passage beneath the North Carolina Railroad tracks that run east-west along the southern end of downtown Greensboro.  The construction of Freeman Mill Road in the mid 1970s redirected traffic, and the underpass was abandoned.  The heavily wooded site was rediscovered in early 2001 as concept plans for the Greenway were first being considered. The restoration project includes the addition of 12 decorative iron gates to be designed and fabricated by local artist Jim Gallucci and placed in existing doorways along the underpass, through which will be seen two 60-foot graphic panels depicting parts of Greensboro's history.  Cooper Carry Center for Connective Architecture, who has been involved in the project from its early conception, will oversee the design and fabrication of the panels.  In addition, innovative and artistic lighting will illuminate the entire area to be designed by local artist Scott Richardson with Light Defines Form.

City Council Adopts 2010 Budget

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The 2010 Greensboro city budget includes $1,482,196 allocated for the Downtown Greenway, which allows for the construction of Phase 1A and the Eugene Street Pedestrian Refuge Island, as well as continued design work on the remaining sections of the Greenway.  This 2010 budget is a partial allocation of the $7 million in funds approved by voters for the Greenway in the 2008 Street Improvement Bonds.

Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway Takes Shape

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“Right around the perimeter of downtown, connecting these neighborhoods, there’s not really a good cycling route, and this will be a route that can be used by cyclists of all ages and of all abilities, including families with young children,” said John McLendon, Co-chair of the Greenway technical committee. Watch the News 14 Carolina television report.

1st Organized Event Held on the Downtown Greenway

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Homeless people, who might have gone unnoticed by many, were recognized by a group of Greensboro residents Wednesday night.  Read the full Greensboro News & Record story here. Photo: Jona Khaosanga (left) and Sara O’Brien (right) joined others at the Downtown Greenway in the annual Greensboro Homeless Memorial Walk and Worship Service. (Credit: H. Scott Hoffman/News & Record)