The ultimate of modern vision is near completion with downtown revitalization and beautification efforts in my hometown of Goldsboro.
It is there for all to view along a six-block stretch of Center Street — from Ash Street south to Elm Street.
Never in the wildest of dreams could anyone have ever dreamed of what we see today. The streetscape conclusion is already drawing raves and bringing traffic back to the downtown area.
A lot of the traffic is pedestrians strolling along the stretch and enjoying the scenery.
Downtown Goldsboro, in my growing up years, was known as the shopping hub of Eastern North Carolina.
We will never see a return to those early days, not in Goldsboro or any other town or city in Eastern North Carolina.
They are gone, and one day will be forgotten.
But, what you see in downtown Goldsboro today is a new era, and it is absolutely beautiful and accommodating for both motor and pedestrian traffic.
Nightlife, today, is much different than it was 50 years ago and what has risen from the change is a setting designed for both convenience and confidence.
The dark streets are lighted now, and there is a delightful array of greenery and flowers and places to sit and enjoy it all.
Hopefully, as the days ahead slowly pass, a new vision for Mount Olive will surface.
The wildest of dreams can come true.
Pessimists will continue to argue that things will never be like they used to be, and they will not, but they certainly can be better.
It will take detailed planning and money.
Many of my generation have passed, but those who grew up in Goldsboro would be absolutely amazed at the results of this transition into a new era for our hometown’s downtown business district.
It is certainly a breath of fresh air.
It is a great area just to take a walk or take the dog for a walk, and quite a bit of that goes on now.
The change in downtown Goldsboro is the result of folks working together — folks who had a vision and were willing to devote the time it took to get it done.
On top of all that — there is not a single traffic light along that six-block stretch of Center Street in the heart of downtown Goldsboro.
We see a lot of federal grant money spent on things that turn out to be a waste of taxpayer money.
The federal streetscape money to beautify and forever change downtown Goldsboro certainly was not waste.
It saved the heart of old Goldsboro with a new pulse, and is a reflection of what positive change can do by working together to accomplish what is best for everyone.
William Holloman is a staff writer at the Mount Olive Tribune.