City Project supporters plan town hall meeting
Positive, motivated and together is the tone set by leaders of a new movement spreading across High Point.
We Heart High Point, a community activist group, encourages the public to get involved in addressing issues with city officials concerning High Point revitalization.
Initially called Save the City Project, the group grew out of the heated debate concerning city revitalization plans and the City Council’s recent decision to remove the City Project as a city department.
The group, led and organized by High Pointers David Rosen and Monica Peters, changed the name to We Heart High Point after hearing views from a diverse range of city residents. The group formed on May 21 and took to Facebook, accumulating nearly 80 members from diverse backgrounds who were passionate about the development of the city’s core, the group’s leaders said.
On June 12, the group will host a Town Hall Meeting at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave. The group’s leaders said it’s important to get all of High Point involved, whether they’re for or against the City Project.
“We want the general public to be involved as much as possible, people from every race, age and socioeconomic class… everyone,” Rosen said about revitalizing the city. “No more excuses. Make it happen.”
Rosen said the group hopes the meeting will connect the community with city leaders and give everyone in the community, from all areas of the city, a voice on how to revitalize High Point. The goal: to find “that one thing that needs to happen,” Rosen said.
Plans to reignite High Point have gone on for too long to not have made any progress, Peters said.
“What needs to be done? We don’t have an answer for that yet. Something should happen in the heart of our city,” Peters said.
With the help of Elijah Lovejoy, former City Council candidate and the event’s moderator, the group anticipates three councilmembers along with Mayor Bernita Sims to participate in the meeting. The group said the councilmembers’ overall reaction to participate in the meeting was positive, and some were excited to get involved. And most importantly, “We didn’t have to convince anyone,” Lovejoy said.
The group encourages the public to submit questions on revitalization by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the group’s Facebook page at: facebook.com/savethecityproject.
The group will vote on and select eight questions to ask officials, in no particular order, Rosen said. The public then will have the opportunity to ask followup questions, he said.
The city had an 11.1 square-mile plan as a point of focus, Rosen said, which is not realistic.
“We have to work on small parts,” he said.
Skeptics of the City Project are encouraged to attend, he said.
“We need everyone involved,” he said. “They know that we’re not going away, and they (council members) are hearing an outpouring of concerns. People are investing thousands of dollars into the city and are not seeing a return on their investments.”
Revitalization High Point
• When: June 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
• Where: High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
• Elected officials participating: Mayor Bernita Sims and councilmen Jay Wagner, Jason Ewing and Britt Moore.
• Submit questions to: email@example.com or facebook.com/savethecityproject.