I grew up there, so I'll always have fond memories of Winston-Salem. My parents and some of my very good friends live t here, so I'll always enjoy visiting. But as I've grown up and tried to make a name for myself, so has Winston.
You wouldn't know it if you just moved there. You'd think, hey they've always had a cool arts district. They've always had a sweet micro-brewery. Downtown has always had cool shops and fun night spots. In the words of any old NIU football coach, "not so fast, my friend."
Yes, Winston has been in a severe state of education the past 10 years. When I was a kid, Downtown was meant for work and that was about it. There was nothing there except offices and pawn shops. That has certainly changed. I'm proud to see the town growing up. Becoming an adult brings on a lot of responsibility, as does turning a nice family town into a place where people might want to live. They are on the right track. There is the possibility of a new downtown baseball park, which would certainly bring more shops and nightlife to downtown. More importantly, downtown condos are popping up all over the place. They are making the area much more suitable for young professionals. That's what you have to do if you expect a town to survive. It will only live so long on the old money.
I would compare Winston to that really cute girl who is fun to go out on a date with, but not quite the one you want to take home to mom. Not yet at least. I strongly believe Winston will turn into that perfect girl though. It has the potential, and it has the support of the residents.
Move there tomorrow.
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