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For families living in East Winston and other areas of the city, the stress of gun violence inhibits their ability to do their best at work and school. “You cannot think about anything you want to do unless you feel safe,” said Alvin Atkinson, the associate director of Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility, a participant in the community fight against violence.
A co-sponsored event by New America and CSEM led with some of the startling findings from our joint report on the collapse of real estate values in East Winston. Other participants included The Wall Street Journal, Pew Charitable Trust, Urban Institute, Piedmont Federal Savings Bank and Hurry Home. Panelists discussed what’s happened to the small mortgage market, and how it could be affecting our most impoverished neighborhoods in terms of stagnating property values. Solutions to this are also addressed.
In 2010, Stephanie Hurt started the Royal Curtain Drama Guild (RCDG) with a realization: There is just as much acting talent in East Winston as there is in the rest of the city, and the arts can be a significant economic driver in East Winston, just as it is in the rest of the city.
“The Lending Hole at the Bottom of the Market: Why Millions of Homebuyers Can’t Get Small Mortgages” is a long awaited report that has been released after a year long research effort by a CSEM/New America team. It combines rigorous data analysis with qualitative interviews to highlight a little understood problem affecting the American dream.
The Winston-Salem Journal
Winston-Salem RISE began in June 2020, the brainchild of local leaders Paula McCoy, the executive director of the Partnership for Prosperity, and Bill McLain, the executive director of GIDE, and others. "This is not top-down led organization," McCoy said. "This is grassroots-up."
Winston-Salem is increasingly known as a city revitalizing with innovative initiatives, from biotech to music to education. The CSEM team is proud to be a bedrock of that through its groundbreaking research.
The Winston-Salem Journal
Tricia McManus’s experience working for a Florida school system prepared her to be superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. McManus shares CSEM’s emphasis on data-based research to evaluate the efficacy of programs and, if necessary, improve them.
CSEM Director Craig Richardson has been selected as the 2021-22 Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise (CSFE) at Western Carolina University.