Editorial: Zebulon downtown promoters are tireless

May 11, 2013 

We are impressed with the steady stream of ideas coming out of Zebulon’s Beautification Committee.

That group, over the past few years has: encouraged property owners to spruce up their buildings, suggested the creation of a mural as a way to set downtown off visually, worked with the railroad and the town to improve the appearance along the railroad tracks and supported changes in zoning rules intended to improve the look of downtown.

Now, they are trying to find a use for the growing number of vacant retail locations in the downtown.

Recently, members of the committee met with staffers from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County to see if there might be an avenue to promote the arts in some of the spaces downtown.

Reasonable people can disagree with each other over whether the changes this committee has endorsed are good or bad, but it’s hard to argue that they are not a devoted group, intent on keeping one of Zebulon’s most important neighborhoods attractive and vibrant.

The task of improving downtown Zebulon is no easy job. The final results of this committee’s work may not be seen for years to come.

But they remain the most vocal and active organization in town when it comes to making the quality of life and the retail atmosphere all they can be.

We hope that town leaders will look for ways to endorse their efforts and provide as much support as a tight budget will allow.

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