Mill closing expected to signal new f...

Mill closing expected to signal new focus in Belmont, N.C.

There are 19 comments on the www.heraldonline.com story from Jan 7, 2009, titled Mill closing expected to signal new focus in Belmont, N.C.. In it, www.heraldonline.com reports that:

A yarn bobbin is the central image on Belmont's seal. But with the closing of R.L. Stowe, one of the last textile mills in the area, officials might have to rethink their city's calling card, some say.

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the street mayor

Salisbury, NC

#1 Jan 7, 2009
WE are not changing our seal!!! it (textiles) is what made BELMONT!!!!!!

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#2 Jan 7, 2009
Correct - it's simple to amend - instead of "City of Diversified Textiles" it should read " City of Textile Heritage". IMHO. Everyone who feels strongly should email our mayor and council.
JustSaidit

Rockingham, NC

#3 Jan 7, 2009
Belmont must update the logo to reflect both the current and the past. We are not a bedroom community yet, but we could be Pineville if the economy turns back around. It future remains to be seen and the past will soon fade away once the mill are gone and forgotten, much like Southend. Who remembers that Atherton Mill was once a working mill. Does it reflect Southend today? Is it honored? NO! They have embraced the trolley instead, which is coincidentally part of it's present and future.

Belmont must identify it's niche or be absorbed by Charlotte, like Pineville, Mooresville, and others. Clinging to the past is fine, but I think more thought should be given to the matter before making a hasty decision.
Guido

United States

#4 Jan 7, 2009
Why not combine past and future in a logo or motto? A city that honors it's past but looks to improve it's future - to me, that's a world class city.
pauper

Cherryville, NC

#5 Jan 7, 2009
And just what would the "current" show - the Walmart logo?! Let's stick with what we know. Seals usually reflect heritage. Charlotte keeps the Hornet's nest...our state flag has two important colonial dates, etc... Town seals usually reflect history. You can't put the future on a seal- you haven't been there yet. Do some research. Anything solid must have a strong foundation - we have it. Why chuck it? What's the matter - you Charlotte and Yankee yuppies ashamed of our lintheads?
pauper

Cherryville, NC

#6 Jan 7, 2009
And another thing- Belmont ain't and doesn't need to be a "world class city" - that's bunk. We're a small town and we'd like to stay that way. Go take that meaningless talk over to Pat MCrory where it belongs.Some of us moved here to get away from the rat race - not build it!
Guido

United States

#7 Jan 7, 2009
You moved here? I was born and raised here. I know more lintheads than you can imagine. While I respect our past (and I can use the word "our" ligitemately while you can't) I can't live in it. Maybe our small town would have stayed the way you wanted it if you and your friends had stayed away.

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Since: Aug 08

Belmont, NC

#8 Jan 7, 2009
I'm a transplant too, and was also drawn to Belmont because of it's small town feel and heritage. I really do love this town...just b/c someone wasn't born here doesn't mean we aren't a legitimate part of the community.
I too have concerns about the way our town is changing, and have made the point several times before that we are heading towards being another Pineville/Matthews/you-name-th e-overdeveloped-suburb-of-grea ter-Charlotte. I don't want this...I saw it happen to where I did grow up, and for those of you who haven't seen it happen, you won't like the results and what it turns our town into.
I say keep the seal...this is a textile town, even if that industry fades away, that is what made Belmont what it is! I do also like nugeme's idea though to change the text to "city of textile heritage."
pauper

Cherryville, NC

#9 Jan 8, 2009
FYI: I bought an existing older home home- did not build one or buy a new one. I've been around a long time - possibly longer than you Guido ( I'm old). I've lived, WORKED, shopped, paid taxes and been involved in Belmont MOST of my life.

I CHOSE to come here BECAUSE it was a small town where people knew each other. I did not add to the growth, I upgraded an old existing property and made it more valuable. It's not PEOPLE coming that has been the problem...it's been overdevelopment and what a lot of new people want this town to become that is destroying its character.

Strange that a "native" wouldn't appreciate someone who wants to honor their place of birth - hmmmmm

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#10 Jan 8, 2009
Like the above poster, I've been around Belmont for 35 years (school, work, etc...)- wasn't born here but it's home and has been for a long time.My wife was living here when we got married. I own an 80 year old mill house. I've paid enough taxes over the years to have a voice, I assure you of that! LOL.

My wife put her time in the mills here. It was hard work but she formed friendships that last until this day. I know it's not something she wants to sweep under the rug. Those people built this town. It's fitting to honor that.

BardDeBelmont

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#11 Jan 8, 2009
It's marketing. All salesmanship.

Montcross. A name with endless meanings.

Montcross Chamber?

Its about image. They don't want the image of a old mill worker driving to the fish camp in their pick-up truck with their dog in the back.

THey do want sandal-wearing-horn-rimmed-spe ctacle-having Big City sophisticates who ain't never had to sweat for his money drinking wine, shopping at expensive stores with his thumb up his ass ready to take out a 100% variable rate adjustable 1-2-3 mortgage.

Message:
Your culture is for shit. Please leave the keys under the mat as you leave town, you stupid, uneducated Redneck.

They're ain't room for you and your inbred family no more.

DO we have to hit you over the head?

We just took your jobs, for pete's sake.
JustSaidit

Rockingham, NC

#12 Jan 8, 2009
BardDeBelmont wrote:
It's marketing. All salesmanship.
Montcross. A name with endless meanings.
Montcross Chamber?
Its about image. They don't want the image of a old mill worker driving to the fish camp in their pick-up truck with their dog in the back.
THey do want sandal-wearing-horn-rimmed-spe ctacle-having Big City sophisticates who ain't never had to sweat for his money drinking wine, shopping at expensive stores with his thumb up his ass ready to take out a 100% variable rate adjustable 1-2-3 mortgage.
Message:
Your culture is for shit. Please leave the keys under the mat as you leave town, you stupid, uneducated Redneck.
They're ain't room for you and your inbred family no more.
DO we have to hit you over the head?
We just took your jobs, for pete's sake.
why don't you just shut up until you have something to contribute? no one want to hear your big mouth. you're comments stifle discussion and waste all of our valuable time.

be relevant or be gone!

BardDeBelmont

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#13 Jan 8, 2009
JustSaidit wrote:
<quoted text>
why don't you just shut up until you have something to contribute? no one want to hear your big mouth. you're comments stifle discussion and waste all of our valuable time.
be relevant or be gone!
I believe I am contributing as putting words to actions.

You gotta pretty warped little view of reality, don't cha?

Always speaking for the crowd. So who is in this fictitious little world?

WHo is this we?

And people wonder why I must provide humility to some.

It is what it is.
Hemi

Rockingham, NC

#14 Jan 8, 2009
The problem is that Belmont doesn't have an identity outside of textiles. Now it's gone, no what? What makes us unique? Textiles are a heritage, but how does that guide the future?

It's like saying I used to be a slave, my ancestors were slaves, so our heritage is slavery and we shall have a slave as our logo. It's negative, not positive. Nobody wants to move to the mill hill. Nobody wants to be a cotton head anymore. Let's remember our past, but try to focus on something else more positive, maybe trains, rivers, the Mayberry thing, or something?
the street mayor

Salisbury, NC

#15 Jan 8, 2009
I have you know , i just bought a mill house 2 yrs.ago! Bought it because it was a mill house! And i bet it's built better than these new ones, and its 109 yrs. old!

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#16 Jan 8, 2009
You know what? I don't converse with Bard for obvious reasons - not the least of which is that he is rude and profane. But his satirical message ( underneath the offensive language) probably has some truth in it. The town is trying to be re-shaped by outside forces. So far, they are succeeding. All the more reason to hold to the good of the past. It's simply wrong to discard it.It's not the city's job to re-shape an "identity", to market itself. It's job is to provide me with protection and necessary services- that's it.
Guido

United States

#17 Jan 8, 2009
Look, I harbor no ill feelings nor animosity toward Belmont transplants; but let's look at the facts objectively. Belmont is a charming little town. It's small town life that I have enjoyed for many years (I'm old too pauper) and still do. However, as more and more people move here to enjoy that small town life, things will change - it's inevitable. Before we know it, Belmont will no longer be a small town and life around here will be different. We've already seen changes with the development of Montcross, and congestion on our streets during rush hour. How many more McMansions do you think can we cram on the Peninsula? With more people comes more development because our elected leaders will succomb to the pressure from those looking to make another buck - unless we get rid of them and start all over. Maybe some of you in this discussion should run on the platform of keeping Belmont the way it is.

BardDeBelmont

“I Seek Not?”

Since: Aug 08

Belmont

#18 Jan 9, 2009
A excellent distinction.

The city to market itself.

It is at the heart of all arguments in government with its functions being at question.

Government HAS OVERSTEPPED its roles and usefulness as detailed by its effectiveness.

Once government STOPS being effective then an assumption can be made it has over-reached its mandate.

Marketing for real estate development IS NOT a function of government especially when it benefits a small group of EQUAL citizens regardless of any variables.

A classic result of government stepping into the economic arena where most confused theorists have no idea of when and how this should occur.

All government intervention is BAD; The only question is, "how necessary is the action?"

Since: Oct 08

Belmont NC

#19 Jan 10, 2009
The thing that came to mind when I read this was, God, please don't let Charlotte's identity crisis (marketers) seep across the river. For instance. They let a few developers tear down their history, then cry about being called a soulless city. Hoping that the populace will call their downtown "Uptown" or "Center City" or whatever made-up name (Montcross?). Coming up with silly slogans "Charlotte's got a lot" (catchy!). Endless articles about attracting the "creative class", i.e.*bottom-up* town flavor. Belmont just is a great town and doesn't need any of that silly hand-wringing.

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