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Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) joined downtown business and property owners to speak from the floor at the Council Meeting Tuesday night in support of a new downtown parking policy. DGI President Zack Matheny, along with retail store and restaurant owners, brought concerns regarding the parking situation to Council’s attention and explained how two hours of free parking throughout downtown will boost economic development.

“Two hours of free parking says to the community to come downtown during the week and support our downtown merchants at lunch and after work. When our merchants are successful, our downtown as a whole is successful,” Matheny said.

Downtown Greensboro merchants have rallied to create a vibrant downtown that includes easy parking. Business and property owners, spearheaded by Simonne McClinton of M’Coul’s, have worked with the city on parking policies with an announcement offering patrons two hours of free parking in City owned surface parking lots. The coalition continues to request a new policy that includes all parking decks and on-street parking to offer the two hour free parking.

Recently Mayor Knox White of Greenville, South Carolina visited Greensboro and included in his comments the importance of free parking for downtown. “The idea was – everyone who makes a decision to come downtown, bless them. They could have gone to the mall, but they came downtown. We do treat parking like it is economic development.” – from DGI via email


The Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony will present a Concert for Community on Sunday at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place at Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus. Although the concert is free, please visit the Symphony website at to reserve your ticket.

“This is one of my very favorite concerts of the year,” said Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. “It is our annual gift to the community and is free for everyone. It is a unique opportunity to hear remarkable music, beautifully performed by professional musicians and tomorrow’s stars. I love the fact that it highlights the enormous talent here in our community, both established and emerging.”

Maestro Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and Stephen Mulligan, Assistant Conductor, will both conduct portions of the Concert for Community. The program features the combined professional and youth symphonies, totaling approximately 120 musicians, performing multiple pieces.

The Winston-Salem Symphony will open the concert with the world premiere of Elysia, composed by Alexander Umfleet, the winner of the 2016 Winston- Salem Symphony and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Composition Competition. The 2016 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search winners will then perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Caroline Smoak, the winner of the junior division (ages eight to 12) will perform the Finale from Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26. Nathalie Schmalhofer, a German-Canadian violinist who is a high school senior at UNCSA and is the winner of the senior division (ages 13 through senior year of high school), will perform the opening movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Op. 64.

For the second half of the concert, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will combine to play Grand Canyon Suite, by Ferde Grofé. This majestic work consists of five movements celebrating different aspects of one of our nation’s most magnificent natural wonders.

The Concert for Community is sponsored by The Montgomery/Tucker Charitable Fund; Season Presenting Sponsor Bell Davis & Pitt; as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council. !