Last Hope Corner - Monroe, NC
The South is full of small towns with both hope and despair. They are graced with the architecture of the past, but often are now just empty storefronts. You want to take them in your arms and make things right and vital again. But reality of the past sinks in as you see old deserted textile mills, the empty sidewalks where bustle once was and goods were sold.
Promise though now fills the corners of some of these places. New industries (cars, glass, financial services) are being built, counties are supporting arts growth, new technical training centers have broken ground, and the wealth of Southern Cities is spreading to join these special places.
You hope these small town gems will brighten again and be worn on the rings of prosperity.