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Old 01-16-2019, 07:30 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Do not move to Kingston. My best friend moved there a few years ago. There are no jobs and she sees crime happening all around her. It has the worst crime in the state, which has a bad crime rate nationally anyway, and there is very little to do there. It is flat and without culture. People there are 40 years behind the times. NC also is among the worst in health care. It is one of the worst places i have ever visited.
Sorry things didn't work out for your friend in Jamaica.

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Old 05-18-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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... saw a WUNC episode ( think it originally aired last year), and it literally led with a Real Estate agent who said that "A lot of people from NY, Connecticut, Maryland are moving to Kinston!"





... I was like...



Really?


Really?




So WUNC does this promo piece on Kinston, and the local officials are raaaaaaaving over Kinston... as they should, but even for a promo, it seemed so trumped up and a tad disingenuous.



I haven't been to Kinston in a while, but there's no way it's hopping as much as these folks are trying to say.





Yes you have Mother Earth, Vivian Howard's restaurant and the arts scene is starting blossom... so things are starting to move, but still feels overblown...




Here's a snippet:



https://video.unctv.org/video/weekend-kinston-vea734/
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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... saw a WUNC episode ( think it originally aired last year), and it literally led with a Real Estate agent who said that "A lot of people from NY, Connecticut, Maryland are moving to Kinston!"

... I was like...

Really?
I visit Kinston several times a year, to sample some of their restaurants and/or attend minor league baseball games. While it is good to see some life coming back to the downtown, I would not describe Kinston as 'thriving' either. Just drive around the blocks where Mother Earth, Boiler Room, The Chef & The Farmer and Grainger Stadium are located. You will see that for every one updated, operational business there are a half dozen or so places sitting (long) idle. I wish Kinston well and hope that they truly have a full renaissance. Getting a Carolina League team back in the area was definitely a huge win for the city. On the other hand, for those of us that live in this region Kinston most often appears in the news due to yet another shooting/murder usually tied to the abundant use of narcotics in the city.

Best of luck to Kinston and Lenoir County. Their re-birth would help the entire region east of I-95.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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At least they’re trying to turn things around. Gotta give them credit for that. For a while, it seemed like Kinston had given up on itself. I’m glad that’s no longer the case. It’s been over 10 years since I stopped there, so I might drop by next time I’m in ENC and check it out.

They recently started their Streetscape project on Queen Street, similar to what Goldsboro has been doing on Center Street.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:05 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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[quote=LM117;55209146]At least they’re trying to turn things around...quote]


very true.

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I visit Kinston several times a year, to sample some of their restaurants and/or attend minor league baseball games. While it is good to see some life coming back to the downtown, I would not describe Kinston as 'thriving' either. Just drive around the blocks where Mother Earth, Boiler Room, The Chef & The Farmer and Grainger Stadium are located. You will see that for every one updated, operational business there are a half dozen or so places sitting (long) idle. I wish Kinston well and hope that they truly have a full renaissance. Getting a Carolina League team back in the area was definitely a huge win for the city. On the other hand, for those of us that live in this region Kinston most often appears in the news due to yet another shooting/murder usually tied to the abundant use of narcotics in the city.

Best of luck to Kinston and Lenoir County. Their re-birth would help the entire region east of I-95.

Yup it really would be a revival in that region.

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