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YES! Weekly’s Ten Best obscure sites seen from a bike

by Jordan Green

City skyline from corner of Guilford Avenue and Wilson Street

The magnificent Gate City skyline rises to the east from a modest section of rental housing catering to students and working stiffs near a spur line of the Norfolk-Southern Railroad.

Looking towards downtown from Church Street walk bridge

Traversing the city on bicycle along the northern rim of downtown, this walk bridge links the two sections of Hendrix Street, connecting the Aycock and Fisher Park neighborhoods and providing a sublime view in both directions of the northward shaft of the Norfolk-Southern.

North Buffalo Creek railroad bridge

Someday I dream of a multi-use path winding down the creek from Moses Cone Memorial Hospital to a fully renovated Revolution Mill. For now, we can all admire the bridge’s arched grandeur, the way it combines elegance and brute industrial strength.

Old cotton mill at Merritt Drive

The mill at the corner of Spring Garden Street and Merritt Drive in the once-thriving village of Pomona has tried unsuccessfully to reinvent itself as an antique barn and flea market. It’s still a fine example of early 20th century American industrial architecture, and between the air conditioning shops and ethnic food markets the area plugs along.

Sculpture garden, undisclosed location

The owners of this strip of land between a small factory and a modest basketball court have told their neighbors they don’t mind people walking across their property, but I doubt if they are begging for publicity, so readers will just have to take their chances with stumbling upon this delightful and eccentric nook in the vast city.

Revolution Mill smokestack

Revolution Mill lies along Yanceyville Street south of Cornwallis Drive. The renovated section of the mill contains the business incubator known as the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship and several small businesses. Ah, the subtext of this mill so named for Cone Mills’ technological innovation in textiles, within whose walls the militant radicals of ’79 plotted to protect workers from brown lung disease and overthrow the capitalist system.

Farmland, Mackay Road

How long can it last, this rustic agricultural scenery in the terra incognita between southwest Greensboro and fast-growing north High Point? It’s jarring ‘—’ and pleasing ‘— to see horse stables amidst the new town homes and tract houses. Portrait Homes can’t be far behind.

The Arboretum, along Wendover Avenue between Market Street and Walker Avenue

This is probably not the kind of input the city parks and recreation department was soliciting in its suggestion box, but it’s reassuring to know that the longstanding tradition of drinking in the park is alive and well. In the summer the trellis supports the Arboretum’s vine collection.

Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock Bridge, 16th Street

Alas, Greensboro had no ‘“million dollar quartet,’” as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash were known when they helped propel Sun Records and Memphis, Tennessee to rockabilly renown in the 1950s. But we do have Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock, a Nashville star and rockabilly artist who ruled the Plantation Supper Club on High Point Road for a time, and now divides his talents between country and beach music.

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