Monday, July 28, 2014

Tour of E. Washington Drive, High Point, a Historic Commercial District that needs Revitalization

Let's take a tour of a formerly thriving commercial district in High Point, NC.  Various arts enthusiasts, REALTORS(R), and activists are working hard to make this place thrive again with some creative
placemaking strategies.

This small house is owned by the Hayden Harmon Foundation, and was formerly a 
notorious crack house in High Point.  The Foundation started 512 Collective here, 
an art gallery filled with work by local visual artists. The adjacent lot will host exciting, 
community-wide events.


New wooden picket fence erected in front of Foundation-owned 
512 Collective Art Gallery, which was the site of a former crack house.  
Just a small change to signal the reclaiming of this property.

Private commercial space diagonally across street from art gallery.  


Another view of same space.


Private residence adjacent to 512 Collective art gallery lot.  Across Street from dress shop.


Dress shop is in the middle (taller building). 
Please note historic (story) mural on ground level.

This is a potential wall for a mural on a vacant commercial building, formerly used by a church.  
This wall is visible from 512 Collective, which makes it an attractive candidate for mural wall.  
(The mural would have high visibility at public events at 512 Collective.)


Front of building 


Nonprofit in the smaller red brick building here.

Church down street from businesses.

Famous local restaurant, Becky and Mary's, down street from church.

Private parking lot next to Becky and Mary's 

Entrance to new public park with children's playground equipment.  
Across street from Becky and Mary's restaurant.

Sitting area at new public park.


Path in new public park, next to playground equipment.







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