“… 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 with…

“Instead of creating a rift between the two areas, why not follow the Summit corridor study’s plans to improve the Yanceyville market and to improve connections between Aycock and downtown? A bigger, better farmers’ market at the Yanceyville site could be a catalyst for a bigger, better downtown.”

DGI and Action Greensboro would do well by their own efforts to recognize that it is rare for a neighborhood to welcome expanded development within its borders and work so tirelessly – spending tens of thousands of its own dollars – to make its vision for itself a reality.  Such efforts should be rewarded, not ignored… or even worse, spurned.

We are Aycock and we have been pioneering downtown revitalization before DGI and AG were even a gleem in Greensboro’s future.  Work with us, not against us.  The whole of Greensboro will be better for it.

If you’ve not read our plans, please do so.  The Summit Avenue Corridor Study was adopted by the City Council in 2006 and is the law of Aycock’s land.

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  1. Jennie Hunt
    Posted August 28, 2008 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Help! I’m having flashbacks. Please tell me this is going to get nipped in the bud before we have sleepovers at city hall again. Are they going to move the Kirkwood 4th of July parade downtown too? How about the hospital? While we’re at it, why don’t they steal a neighborhood Harris Teeter (or comparable store) and put it downtown.

  2. Posted August 28, 2008 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Could be wrong here, but what exactly does Action Greensboro have to do with this thing? So far, all the linked articles mention DGI exclusively, and AGSO and DGI run under pretty different realms.

    Not that I agree with moving the market. If it originated in Aycock, it should stay there. That’s like the whole “moving the furniture market to Vegas” deal. Unless there just doesn’t seem to be room anymore or something.

  3. Posted August 28, 2008 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    darkmoon: “That’s like the whole “moving the furniture market to Vegas” deal.”
    Bad comparison. The Vegas threat is due to High Point’s arrogance and ignorance over the years.
    I believe parking problems and price gouging would be addressed quickly by the Aycock folks.

  4. Posted August 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I believe the “vegas market” thing revolves around their (the bad guys) building it, getting numbers and selling it. It’s a commodity. See Ivan Cutler’s thoughts on it at his blog. Someone should tell Ivan to put a search on his blog…

    Agree with dm: it’s a DGI report. Fault AG where you will, but let’s restrict it to things they’ve actually done, ya think?

  5. Posted August 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    DGI and Action Greensboro are only interested in one thing– the properties they already control and how they might make those properties more valuable at the expense of properties than don’t yet control.

    Remember, it was Jim Melvin and his ilk that destroyed downtown Greensboro in the first place and now that Melvin and his Bobblehead pirates own it they want the rest of Greensboro to pay for it.

    Unlike most commenting here and elsewhere in the local blogosphere I was here to see how they did it the last time ’round.

  6. dhoggard
    Posted August 29, 2008 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your long-time residency, Billy. I think we knew that from the last 23 times you mentioned it.

    darkBen – I tend to intertwine the goals and efforts of the two organizations in my own mind and it comes out when I write. Kinda like how Sue used “downtown” when she meant “Central Business District” a few posts back.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I get the sense there is some frequent cross-pollination between DGI and AG. The similarities of their individual goals and efforts might only be coincidental, but I doubt it.

    My point was, and is, that other organizations have a large stake in downtown’s future and, in the case of Aycock, have spent years and thousands refining plans that nicely and deliberately dovetail with other downtown efforts.

    They got ignored in this DGI funded study.

    My apologies to AG for implicating them in this dastardly deed. That said, it sure would be great if they would express their disdain and non-support for moving the Farmer’s Market to the CBD.

  7. julie d
    Posted August 29, 2008 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    The curb markets is wonderful and should stay right where it is! This is just another example, in my opinion, of DGI and AG completely disregarding any other downtown neighborhood. Let’s be realistic, downtown would not be experienceing it’s growth if the neighborhoods around it were not strong, that includes Aycock, Fisher Park, Westerwood and College Hill where I have lived for the last 16 years. Sadly, I feel that CH is slipping backwards these days and has been for a few years. All of these neighborhoods are very viable neighborhoods which offer individuals that want to live downtown the opportunity to live downtown and still have a yard and place for children and pets to play.

  8. Posted August 29, 2008 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    David: The only reason I even brought it up, is because I’ve known of some disconnects between DGI and AGSO in the past and being that they’ve been together on the surface for certain projects doesn’t mean they agree altogether.

    That being said, I’m really not sure what the direction is for AGSO as of late (due to new leadership, etc). In fact, that’s a rather good question since in my opinion, there used to be a clear-cut case of direction, but these days? Not really sure where or what’s going on.

    If AGSO is supporting the Farmer’s Market move, then my apologies. I was just stating what I read from your links. :)

  9. Posted August 31, 2008 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Jim Melvin didn’t destroy downtown GSO, any more than he destroyed downtowns across the country. Car culture, office parks, and chain retailers in strip centers and then malls, are the culprits.

    Melvin and Action Greensboro have done a lot of good things for our reviving downtown. Once again, larger forces are at work, too. Not everything they do is done according to my preferences, but Billy’s accusations are way off the mark.

  10. Reece Coble
    Posted September 2, 2008 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    I will agree with Mr. Cone, Jim Melvin and the Bryan Foundation did not destroy anything in downtown Greensboro. I have known Jim and his family many years, they only wish to help. I have also known Mr Bryan, he would not select anyone to run his foundaton unless he had known his or her qualifications, I’ll bet almost no one who reads this blog knew Mr. Melvins father. He was a firm person and would give you the shirt off his back.
    Yes I know his father, who ran the Texaco Station on the street known know as Martin Luther King Drive at Randolph Ave. and was murdered there. A lot of folks do not know that and Mr. Melvin does not harpe on it, at all. But his dads life was ended very early.
    A friend of mine, now who I did not know at the time pulled into his dads service station and purchased a small amount of gas. He came in to pay for it, and Mr. Melvin being the observant person he was saw that the tires were completely slick, and had futher noticed a female and children in the car. Mr. Melvin looked at this young man and said, sir it is dangerous to drive on tires like that. This young man replied,sir I have to that’s all I can afford, Jims dad demanded that this young man pull his car inside, and the young man did. All four tires were replaced with new ones, while the wife and children was inside the service station having cokes and ice cream. After the job was completed Jims father told this young man to pay him whe he could. The family left, and every penny was paid back. I know because this man is a personal friend on mine and lives this day. Jim Melvin was raised to aid and assist his brothern.
    May God Bless