Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
|Trent River Waterfront - 1960s|
Prior to Urban Renewal project
|Aerial View - 1960|
|Trent River Waterfront|
as seen from the block between
Craven & Middle Streets
|Urban Renewal tract as it was in |
the 1970s to early 1980s
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
With the establishment of Swiss Bear in 1979 and a local downtown effort in progress, under the leadership of Mayor Leander Morgan, City Planner David Rowland applied to the NC Department of Natural Resources and Community Development in 1980 for New Bern to be a participant in the state’s new Main Street Program. In 1981, New Bern, along with Shelby, Washington, Tarboro and Salisbury were chosen out of a field of nearly 200 cities vying for the honor. The NC Main Street staff would provide guidance and encouragement but the degree of success would depend on the leadership invested in the program by the people of New Bern. Intensive training and technical assistance was provided during 1981 and the NC Main Street Center was available for follow-up consultation for two years.
- Organization: Building partnerships to create a consistent revitalization program and develop effective management and leadership downtown. Diverse groups - merchants, bankers, public officials, chamber of commerce and civic groups - must work together to improve downtown.
- Promotion: Re-establishing downtown as a compelling place for shoppers, investors, and visitors. This means not only improving sales but also rekindling community excitement and involvement. Promotion ranges from street festivals to retail merchandising, from community education to marketing and public relations.
- Design: Enhancing the visual quality of the downtown. Attention is given to the downtown environment elements – not just buildings and storefronts but also public improvements, rear entries, signs, landscaping, window displays and graphic materials.
- Economic Restructuring: Strengthening the existing economic assets of the business district while diversifying its economic base. Activities include conducting market analysis to understand the changing market place, adapting vacant buildings that have outlived their original purposes for use as entertainment or cultural facilities and sharpening the competitiveness of Main Street’s traditional merchants.
- David Rowland and Kay Williams (Swiss Bear’s newly hired executive director) should serve as co-project managers for New Bern’s Main Street Program.
- The local government should continue to support Swiss Bear financially for at least the next three years.
- The city government and Swiss Bear should establish goals and objectives and a year by-year schedule of improvements in the central business district.
- Swiss Bear should expand its activities in the areas of promotion, recruitment and retention of businesses, development of a revolving fund and a low interest loan-pool and facade improvements.
- Swiss Bear and the merchant's association should work together closely.
- The Chamber of Commerce should pursue a more aggressive tourism program in conjunction with the Main Street project.
- The off-street parking areas need to be improved with paving and landscaping.
- Street and traffic lights need to be improved.
- Facade and sign improvements must be implemented as soon as possible.
- The urban renewal area should be treated as a natural extension of downtown.
- The urban renewal area should be developed for housing rather than office or commercial use.
- The community needs to adopt a sophisticated development approach to fill vacant buildings and upper floors.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
MUMFEST weekend in New Bern, NC attracts festiver goers from across the southeast to experience this award winning festival located in the beautifully restored historic downtown along the waterfront. Mumfesters can spend a little or spend a lot with over 300 commercial and non-profit exhibitors to choose from including pottery, crafts, art and a tasty variety of savory food. MUMFEST fits everyone's budget with two days of free entertainment including a wide variety of music from a variety of new and exciting bands, dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters and clowns.
Monday, April 1, 2013
|200 Block Middle St. Early 1980s|
|300 Block Middle St. Early 1980s|
|300 Block Middle Street 2000s|
|Middle Street Today|
Susan Moffat Thomas, Executive Director