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09/19/12 — Layers of history: Streetscape nears completion

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Layers of history: Streetscape nears completion

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on September 19, 2012 1:46 PM

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Roy Parker III holds a 1926 photo of what's believed to be the last time Center Street was torn up, following the removal of railroad tracks downtown. The Center Street Streetscape project is replacing infrastructure, much of which predates the photo, on top of widening sidewalks, replacing trees and installing a walkway along the median.

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From left, Roy Parker Sr., director of public works, Alderman Emmett Robinson, City Manager Zeno Hollowell and W.P. Rose oversee the paving of Center Street following the removal of the railroad tracks downtown in 1926. Roy Parker III said all city employees and crews from Rose's business worked together in a joint effort to pave the street.

It's a night that lives on in the infamous lore of local history, the April night in 1926 when the railroad tracks were torn up. The citizens of Goldsboro had grown tired of the noise pollution the tracks down...

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