Category Archives: Preservation

Aycock vs Aycock

A fight is brewing. Back when the Aycock Historic District was formed in 1983, (then) Aycock Middle School principal Jim Long advocated for the inclusion of the historic campus into the boundaries of the district that was ultimately named for the school, which is such a prominent feature of the neighborhood.  He understood the protections [...]

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RRP Compliance: the costs of an unenforced law

Update: WXII TV’s Bill O’Neil follows up on the issue.  One quibble, Bill:  We are a specialized window “restoration” company.  We restore, repair and weatherize existing windows.  Window “replacement” companies are a dime a dozen and worth every penny. ********************************** Looking out the window of my 1908 house I can see three of my neighbors’ [...]

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WMS – Next steps

The N&R covers the latest happenings surrounding War Memorial Stadium. I appealed to the Historic Preservation Commission last week to start the process of folding the stadium property into the boundaries of the Aycock Historic District.  The presentation sparked enough interest for the issue to be placed on the agenda for next month’s meeting of [...]

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WMS and that ‘vision thing’

Update: Here’s a 2008 video report from WXII.  Nothing much has changed since then. Indications are that Tuesday night’s City Council meeting might be interesting in regard to the Staff and P&R Commission’s recommendation of spending $1.3M to demolish War Memorial Stadium.  Some on Council might be concerned about their legacy.  The prospect of having their names [...]

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N&R: Naysayer

I have meticulously crafted an eloquent opposing opinion on this morning’s inaccuracy riddled N&R editorial. Their position on the matter doesn’t simply support, but urges the demolition of War Memorial Stadium.  If I had more time this morning, I would further elucidate the inaccuracies.  But alas, duty calls. I do realize that a lone voice [...]

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Nothing nefarious, they’re called Historic Tax Credits

Today’s Rhino takes a stab at understanding Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits for income producing properties and how it relates to the long-awaited opening of Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Museum.  But, I suspect, the article had only enough information to make people suspicious of what had to occur to finish the project. As the name [...]

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Misquoted quotation

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity but today’s article about the relocation and restoration of one of Greensboro’s oldest residences in today’s N&R comes close.  At least as far as my business goes. “Unfortunately, most of the windows in the house will have to be replaced. Southern Evergreen got an estimate [...]

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N&R:”Opening Windows to History”

Although today’s N&R story about my company, Double Hung, LLC, makes it sound like I still get to do some of the actual work of restoring historic windows – I really don’t.  I’ve got people – good people – that get to have all of the fun.  With the business growing as it is, my [...]

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“… put the spotlight on Aycock”

N&R head editorialist Allen Johnson recently asserted that the idea of moving the Greensboro Farmer’s Market from its long-time Aycock home to where DGI thinks it ought to be might be “… worth exploring“.  To his credit, he apparently did just that and penned a full-throated rejection of the idea on today’s editorial pages, concluding [...]

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“Crumbling faster than expected…”

That depends on whether or not you have been paying attention.  Back in ’02, when the case was being made for the new downtown stadium, WMS advocates warned that without the facility demands and upgrades required to continue serving minor league baseball crowds, the old stadium’s deterioration would only worsen until saving it proved too [...]

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