Our View: Ups and Downs - Peaceful vigils; downtown art

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 02:09 AM

THUMBS UP to Travis and Parris London of Waterboy Entertainment in High Point for the peaceful candlelight vigil they organized on Washington Street Tuesday in reaction to the George Zimmerman trial verdict. A factor in the brothers deciding to organize a peaceful vigil here was they wanted to counter other demonstrations around the nation that have produced violence, property damage and arrests. No matter what one’s feelings about the Zimmerman trial verdict are, certainly, this peaceful response is a positive reflection on the High Point community.

THUMBS DOWN, of course, to people in other areas across the nation who instead of holding peaceful protests, vigils or demonstrations in reaction to the verdict resorted to violence or destruction of property or caused other kinds of disruptions. Simply put, such illegal actions are not legitimate ways to express feelings about the verdict in the Zimmerman case, or any other issue.

THUMBS UP to Brian Davis, owner of Brianstudio, and William Thorpe, owner of French Interiors at 205 Hayden Place. Davis, a local artist, has turned a plain, white wall of the building Thorpe owns into a colorful, eye-catching piece of art. The wall now has a greenish, blueish, reddish tree frog attached to it. The frog seems ready to leap onto a passing motorist on Hayden Place. Perhaps this type of decorative, creative art, inspired by revitalization and redevelopment efforts under way in the downtown market district and other areas of the city, will leap onto other privately owned downtown buildings. This is the way a revitalization effort can really take root — private individuals come up with an idea and carry it through.

THUMBS UP to the group of preservation-minded folks meeting every month or so at the High Point Museum to help develop plans for the future of the Rich Fork Preserve in High Point off Parris Avenue. Located on the old Hedgecock Farm property bought by Guilford County with bond money authorized by voters for such purchases, the preserve will feature nature/hiking trails and has opportunities for numerous similar activities.  It essentially will become a 115-acre island of nature preserved in the urban northwest section of High Point.