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Old 02-22-2015, 07:12 AM
 
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I love the pepperbuilding, it's a taste of the old Winston from a bygone era of industrial domination, it's just cool and i'm glad it's still standing.
I agree. It's an awesome building. I love the angle of it where you can see the exposed side where another building once stood. This flickr image I found in a google search captures it well: https://www.flickr.com/photos/basspl...ll/8267963153/

That building was built during an era in which Winston was the largest city in North Carolina. It was only about 48,000 people at the time, so it wasn't nearly as large as it is today, even, but everything was concentrated in the downtown area and pretty much entirely owned by RJ Reynolds and Hanes.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:24 PM
 
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You might consider editing your first post, then. You gave this whole thread a jolt of "poor widdle winston," when in reality that's anything but true, and you yourself referenced Greensboro as a point of comparison from the start. The fact that there are fewer posts on this one board is more an indication of the posting habits of the dozen or so regular posters than anything about the developments in the two cities.
I didn't mean for it to come out like that, I just stated what i thought was the issues. I guess it looks to negative.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:43 PM
 
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Winston Salem is a humble but lively city. It has really evolved beyond my first impressions as a new resident back in 2007. In those days it was convenient to brush off the small-town modesty of WS and look towards Greensboro as "the city." Nowadays however I see Greensboro as what it truly is - a burgeoning mass of sprawl and parking lots.
Something as simple as on street dining has really vitalized downtown Winston Salem, while Greensboro's lone Elm Street is still trying to find its personality.
I agree with every single word in this post.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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When we moved here in 2011, I was slightly concerned if there would be enough for us to do in Winston-Salem, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Not that we're much closer to WS than G'boro (near Wallburg, we're 20 minutes to WS or HP, about 30 minutes to Gboro), but we do spend a lot more time in WS. There is very little in Gboro that we don't have in WS - some bigger name concerts that come to Gboro but not WS is one thing I can think of.

Downtown WS is my favorite downtown of any of the NC cities of ~100k population or more. I joined Kimpton's loyalty program just so I can book at room at the hotel in the old Reynolds building as soon as it opens. And I've been waiting for Mast General to open for a while now! The company I work for did construction work in the building, so I'm surprised it isn't opening until May.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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So....before this goes south what developments are going on in Winston, somebody give me a list, and some pics
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:05 PM
 
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Downtown WS is my favorite downtown of any of the NC cities of ~100k population or more. I joined Kimpton's loyalty program just so I can book at room at the hotel in the old Reynolds building as soon as it opens. And I've been waiting for Mast General to open for a while now! The company I work for did construction work in the building, so I'm surprised it isn't opening until May.
Downtown WS is overall better than Downtown GSO, since DT GSO really is a one-street downtown (Elm Street). That being said, Downtown GSO wins in the nightlife and local shops category (unless you count Burke St as part of downtown WS--in that case they're about even). Downtown GSO also benefits from the numerous colleges that surround it, although Old Salem in WS more than makes up for that.

I also really like Uptown Charlotte, since it has a very modern and dynamic vibe. Downtown WS is definitely better than Downtown Raleigh and Durham in my opinion.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:12 PM
 
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So....before this goes south what developments are going on in Winston, somebody give me a list, and some pics
I got the ball rolling in the second post in the thread, complete with links to pictures and more.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:51 AM
 
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What are some other things to do in Winston Salem, besides looking at art exhibits and the Hanes Malls?
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:55 AM
 
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What are some other things to do in Winston Salem, besides looking at art exhibits and the Hanes Malls?
A few off the top of my head:
Old Salem, one of the most unique districts in a North Carolina city
Reynolda Village/Reynolda House/Reynolda Gardens
Historic Bethabara
Tanglewood Park
Stroll around the West End District
Visit Sciworks
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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What are some other things to do in Winston Salem, besides looking at art exhibits and the Hanes Malls?
Eat.
Art classes at Sawtooth.
Movies at a/perture.
Club shows at Ziggy's or the Garage.
Beer (Foothills, Hoots, Small Batch, etc.)
Bike or run on the greenways.
Hike at Pilot Mountain or Hanging Rock.
Sports (Dash baseball, WFU and WSSU sports, etc.)
Lots of different cool stuff at the Community Arts Cafe.
Children's Museum, if you have kids.

There's plenty more. Subscribe to Smitty's Notes if you haven't yet. They keep a great rolling events calendar and their monthly newsletter is a great way to find out about local happenings.
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