As others see us…

I just couldn’t let this pass without mention.

The N&R noted on Wednesday that a production company recently wrapped up five weks of movie filming in the Triad.  ”The Key Man” grabbed “scenes at Greensboro’s War Memorial Stadium and Forest Oaks Country Club“, according to the article.

In an ironic jab to local who think certain old buildings and landmarks are a nuisance best suited for the landfill, producer Brian Udovich of Occupant Films made it clear that he’s not paying attention to local priorities when he observed…

“It’s great when you come into an area with a sense of history and great architecture left…”

Come back in 10 years and re-assess, Mr. Udovich.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted November 24, 2006 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    A few years ago, the owner of my company was in town examining possible new locations for our business. He asked why we did not submit any sites near the Greensboro Coliseum. We took him there and the conversation ended.

    How we deliver on what we promote is another issue. What he saw on National television was not what he saw in person. His attitude about the city has not been the same since.

  2. Posted November 24, 2006 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Wow, Don’s comment sort of wraps it up, doesn’t it? I mean, all the slick marketing in the world can’t change a sow’s ear into a silk purse, now can it? (Hey, it’s a cliche’ sort of day.)

    If Greensboro and Guilford County leaders really want us to prosper they need to learn how to take care of what’s important and forget the slick marketing ploys. After all, word of mouth has always been a better medium that marketing and in the end word of mouth trumps the biggest ad budgets in the world.

    Take care of business, Greensboro. You too, Guilford County. Take care of the people and the things that matter, and then we’ll start talking about this great city in which we live. Or you can blow the entire wad on marketing and cry while the “marketing gurus” run off with all the money.

  3. Posted November 24, 2006 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    The irony is when they come back in 10 years they are likely to find the same mayor and council.

  4. debora mauser
    Posted November 25, 2006 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    another example of reality not living up to the slick advertisements is the latest collaboration of business with GCSchools, billboards etc with how great our school system is…. it’s hard to swallow! This year 17 schools did not make AYP’s for the 2nd year in a row, last year that was 10… the news isn’t good

  5. Posted November 25, 2006 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if the Coliseum auditorium improvements and swim center just might have spurred some development along High Point Road and Lee Street, kind of the way First Horizon Stadium is the locus of the same sort of positive development in a 1/2 – 3/4 mile radius around that area.

    “How we deliver on what we promote,” indeed, Don. Greensboro-ites seem offended at their city’s lack of character in certain areas until the price of development is shared among the citizens (rather than, say, the generous foundations).

    (And no, this isn’t about “the bonds;” rather, it’s about the difficulty I perceive among the city’s dwellers about paying for both improvements and heritage. The recent bond referendum is only a further symptom.)

  6. Posted November 25, 2006 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    If everyone would avoid a couple of junk food meals and give this small amount…Greensboro would be a far better place.

    Is the problem that citizens refuse to part with a few more dollars or…sigh…that they have lost trust in the leadership to be good stewards of the wealth.

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