Your View: Now’s the time to Ignite High Point

May. 07, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

There are many things labeled “should do” and a few labeled “must do.” Ignite High Point represents one of those “must do” events. Even more important than this, it is critical to the direction and speed of High Point’s growth for the next 20 years!
And because we are an integral part of a regional economy and lifestyle, what happens in High Point directly affects the entire surrounding area.  So more than just High Pointers should be interested and involved with the Duany study and its charrette process for public input.  That’s a long-winded way of saying that Ignite High Point is greater than the sum of its parts.
The first step was to raise sufficient financial support.  That has been done ... and quite well, too. Now the real challenge begins in having public input so that the final report includes what you think is important, not only what a consultant/planner feels is best for High Point.
The study starts this week. It has been rather extensively reported, so it is probably not new to anyone anymore.  But a reminder never hurts.  You ask where do I go and when should I be there? The answer is 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the High Point University campus.  The challenge is clear and in order to turn this dream into a reality, Ignite High Point needs your input.
You’ve heard the old saying “strike while the iron is hot”?  Well I’ll go you one better. Don’t sit idly by while it happens all around you and wait for “George to do it,” instead “make the iron hot by striking it.” Imagine what could and should be and then commit to making it happen.
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The writer is executive vice president of High Point Regional Association of Realtors.



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• What made this front-page news? I admire the student for having her child and not aborting it; however, she should have known this picture was not appropriate for the yearbook.
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• My question is: Why should ANY ordinary citizen be issued a permit to conceal and carry a gun?   However, if issued a permit, they should be allowed to carry it anywhere!