A tale of two streetsWritten by Becky Johnson
- A new tax collector is in town, but the old one isn’t going anywhere, at least for now
- It’s just a Bojangle’s, but that’s a step up for Waynesville’s South Main
- Maternity care landscape evolves: Additional OB practices increases choices, competition
- New 911 center to up the game for Haywood emergency response
- New tax collector had to have wages garnished
Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities.
Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva — but neither likes the plans that the N.C. Department of Transportation came up with.
Instead, both communities want to do their own street plans, drawing from new urbanist philosophies that use street design as a springboard for creating vibrant and lively shopping districts where not only cars but people feel at home.
But traffic is a fact of life, and whether the communities can marry the needs of the thoroughfares with their lofty visions remains to be seen.