History can be fascinating

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There is so much about history that is absolutely fascinating.

It gives us a view of the way folks in earlier times thought about things, how they lived and what their drams were about.

Surely, they were all about the same as today.

I grew up in Goldsboro and remember the historic old houses that dotted the borders of the downtown area.

It was a smaller city in earlier times and transportation was always an issue.

Being close to where one worked was always a plus factor.

That is pretty much why communities were built around their downtown business districts.

It was the movers and shakers and the folks who had the money who could do that.

I can clearly recall all the big two-story homes that lined both sides of South Center Street. They were absolutely beautiful and places of interest to young’uns in the area.
Goldsboro’s downtown district today is a far cry from what it was when I was a youngster.

It is not just Goldsboro, either.

Cities and towns everywhere fell to the same fate.

Times changed dramatically, as did the landscapes and the needs of the people.

Today, what leadership in the city of Goldsboro did to its downtown area is amazing.

A five-block stretch from Ash Street south to Elm Street is both beautiful and inviting. It reflects a feeling of peacefulness.

It also took a lot of money that city fathers had the foresight to seek and find from a lot of sources.

Mount Olive can do the same to its “small town south” downtown district.

Admirable efforts are already underway.

A recent development is a potential buyer for two downtown district buildings that are historic landmarks.

The old Kraft Studios building and the old Center Street Theater are both eyesores, and a danger to the passing of both motorists and pedestrians.

Town officials have made it clear the time has come for a solution.

What was told to me sounds interesting.

If the potential buyer has the money to make it all happen everyone wins.

Both Goldsboro and Mount Olive began along a railroad, and both prospered.

When the times changed, Goldsboro went all the way to bring life back to its downtown area.

Surely, Mount Olive will do the same and also preserve as much of its history as possible.

The old days will never return, but what is ahead can certainly be even better.

William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at wnh9326@gmail.com.

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