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Students from Barton College were helping Wednesday set up photos for the third edition of Eyes on Main Street. These pictures were taken at the former flea market that is across Nash Street from Imag…

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Wilson Times Editorial, March 23,2017

Our Opinion: Wilson’s historic downtown district making a comeback

Storefront by storefront, block by block and street by street, downtown Wilson is roaring back to life.

City officials toured the tree-lined streets of historic Shelby last week to talk shop and trade ideas with other downtown developers at the N.C. Main Street Conference. Kimberly Van Dyk, planning and community revitalization director, and Larissa Harper, downtown business specialist, represented Wilson at the meeting of the minds.

The North Carolina Main Street Center, an arm of the state commerce department, organizes the annual conference and recognizes small towns in the Tar Heel State for their work in bringing business, commerce and vitality back to their civic cores. Wilson wasn’t among the award-winners this year, but with big projects brewing, we’re confident state honors are in our future.

Workers on Sunday moved the last of famed folk artist Vollis Simpson’s 31 large whirligigs to the workshop where it will be restored for permanent display at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. The tourism draw and conversation piece for downtown Wilson is set to open to the public in October, just in time for the 2017 North Carolina Whirligig Festival.

Wilson’s world-famous whirligigs are already getting their share of ink. USA Today profiled the park earlier this month, with reporter John Bordsen comparing Simpson’s kinetic sculptures to something da Vinci would have dreamed up and approvingly describing the park as “a crazy carnival set-up scene from a 1960s hippie comic book.”

Art and culture are putting Wilson on the map in a big way. Photographs from the third Eyes on Main Street downtown photo festival were featured Wednesday on Yahoo News. The search engine’s homepage is the sixth-most-visited website in the world, according to Alexa page view rankings.

“This is a big boost for all of us in Historic Downtown Wilson, and it shows how fast the festival is growing,” Eyes on Main Street founder and artistic director Jerome De Perlinghi wrote in an email.

The whirligig park was the linchpin leading to officials’ December announcement that the cavernous Hi Dollar Warehouse would be transformed into a $12 million mixed-use development dubbed Whirligig Station, which will feature 90 apartments along with retail and office space and a new restaurant.

Big things are happening at the “crossroads of charm and innovation,” and The Wilson Times is proud to be playing a small part in downtown Wilson’s revival. We’re working to complete renovations to our new office at 126 Nash St. W and look forward to taking up residence next door to the Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

Wilson is well on its way to becoming a downtown success story like Shelby, the host of this year’s Main Street conference, or New Bern, one of eastern North Carolina’s crown jewels. We applaud the work of elected officials, developers, business leaders, artists and photographers to bring our picture-perfect downtown into sharper focus.

Those who’d like to see more shopping and dining downtown can help make that vision a reality by voting with their feet. Growth attracts growth, and the quickest way to show downtown demand is to support the businesses already there. See MoreSee Less

Wilson Times Editorial, March 23,2017

Our Opinion: Wilson’s historic downtown district making a comeback

Storefront by storefront, block by block and street by street, downtown Wilson is roaring back to life.

City officials toured the tree-lined streets of historic Shelby last week to talk shop and trade ideas with other downtown developers at the N.C. Main Street Conference. Kimberly Van Dyk, planning and community revitalization director, and Larissa Harper, downtown business specialist, represented Wilson at the meeting of the minds.

The North Carolina Main Street Center, an arm of the state commerce department, organizes the annual conference and recognizes small towns in the Tar Heel State for their work in bringing business, commerce and vitality back to their civic cores. Wilson wasn’t among the award-winners this year, but with big projects brewing, we’re confident state honors are in our future.

Workers on Sunday moved the last of famed folk artist Vollis Simpson’s 31 large whirligigs to the workshop where it will be restored for permanent display at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. The tourism draw and conversation piece for downtown Wilson is set to open to the public in October, just in time for the 2017 North Carolina Whirligig Festival.

Wilson’s world-famous whirligigs are already getting their share of ink. USA Today profiled the park earlier this month, with reporter John Bordsen comparing Simpson’s kinetic sculptures to something da Vinci would have dreamed up and approvingly describing the park as “a crazy carnival set-up scene from a 1960s hippie comic book.”

Art and culture are putting Wilson on the map in a big way. Photographs from the third Eyes on Main Street downtown photo festival were featured Wednesday on Yahoo News. The search engine’s homepage is the sixth-most-visited website in the world, according to Alexa page view rankings.

“This is a big boost for all of us in Historic Downtown Wilson, and it shows how fast the festival is growing,” Eyes on Main Street founder and artistic director Jerome De Perlinghi wrote in an email.

The whirligig park was the linchpin leading to officials’ December announcement that the cavernous Hi Dollar Warehouse would be transformed into a $12 million mixed-use development dubbed Whirligig Station, which will feature 90 apartments along with retail and office space and a new restaurant.

Big things are happening at the “crossroads of charm and innovation,” and The Wilson Times is proud to be playing a small part in downtown Wilson’s revival. We’re working to complete renovations to our new office at 126 Nash St. W and look forward to taking up residence next door to the Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

Wilson is well on its way to becoming a downtown success story like Shelby, the host of this year’s Main Street conference, or New Bern, one of eastern North Carolina’s crown jewels. We applaud the work of elected officials, developers, business leaders, artists and photographers to bring our picture-perfect downtown into sharper focus.

Those who’d like to see more shopping and dining downtown can help make that vision a reality by voting with their feet. Growth attracts growth, and the quickest way to show downtown demand is to support the businesses already there.

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