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Winston-Salem Journal Editorial: Goler, Truliant among Groups that Set Stage for Innovation Quarter

It’s been said that the beauty of a building has little to do with how long it lasts. It’s the construction of the foundation.

In recent weeks, the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter has received well-deserved national and local media attention for its combination of office, recreation and residential development. While this coverage is accurate, there were a few visionaries who should also be recognized who helped lay the foundation for the area.

If it weren’t for organizations like Goler Community Development Corporation, founded in 1998 with a vision to transform a historic, downtown African American community into a multimillion-dollar mixed-use development, the Innovation Quarter might have been a bit of a tropical island amidst a wasteland. Goler CDC spent a lot of time and money reimagining the warehouses, barbed-wire enclosed parking lots and overgrown, trash-laden lots that would eventually form the northeastern bookend to our city’s entertainment district and our Trade and Liberty streets Arts District.

Read the full editorial by guest columnist Mark Schaefer.