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Talking Main Street With Stepheny

Talking Main Street With Stepheny

By Stepheny Houghtlin
Enjoy 5-minute episodes with Stepheny Houghtlin who brings her storytelling style to Main Street. The backdrop for this podcast series is preservation, restoration and repurposing that saves commercial and residential architecture. It is about honoring the history, people, and sense of place that is singularly unique to every Main Street. With a bit of straight talk, nostalgia, and reminiscing, Stepheny is waiting for you on her downtown Rocky Mount, NC bench.
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Episode #14: Listening to Armand Gamache and the Choices We All Must Make

Talking Main Street With Stepheny

Episode #14: Listening to Armand Gamache and the Choices We All Must Make
Once again Stepheny's reading life influences her approach to the 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny. She suggests an independent watch dog committee over the $1.4 million Hud grant coming Rocky Mount's way. She begins with a  conversation in a mystery novel about making choices. President Reagan makes an appearance as does Shelby Steele, Sr. Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute. Implicit in Stepheny's view is living together in peace and harmony and love with our brother's and sister's who deserve safe housing and safe neighborhoods. 
July 21, 2021
Episode 13: If only Planting a Tree Were Enough
Stepheny tells another story while Talking Main Street today. In part, this episode is about a childhood book she searched for and found in a bookstore in Salem, OR. The story is applicable considering the grant money from HUD that has been given to Rocky Mount's Main Street and surrounding neighborhoods. She uses the story as inspiration for the at-risk neighborhoods that need attention. Leadership and fiscal responsibility are called for during this great opportunity to do things right!  A Tree for Peter inspires action.
July 14, 2021
Episode 12: The Bungalows of Rocky Mount - Another Architectural Asset That Needs Advocates
I was born in Chicago, but grew up in Evanston, IL Part of who I am and the story telling I bring to these podcasts involve sitting in the back seat of my parent’s car looking out the windows at the ‘city of neighborhoods, at the architecture along the outer drive and growing up with Evanston’s amazing architectural homes of all persuasions. These countless images informed how I see and interpret Main Street Rocky Mount. I am able to recognize the abundance of beautiful commercial and residential architecture throughout the city and what years of neglect has wrought. Join me in this 5-minute podcast about the charming bungalows.
July 7, 2021
Episode 11: Celebrating the 4th of July With Patriotic Hearts
In this 5-minute episode, Stepheny talks about memories of the 4th of July that must not br erased. Times when we sat on the curb waving our American flags watching the parade go by. When we decorated our bikes with red, white and blue crape paper ribbon. Today, there are people trying to cancel our American way of life. This 4th of July Stepheny asks that everyone sing loud and clear, No, no, you can't take America away from me.
June 30, 2021
Episode 10 - $1.4 million - Grant Money From HUD
In this 5-minute episode, Stepheny is 'over the moon' as she says, about Grant Money from HUD that is coming to Rocky Mount, NC. The money is designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.These grants are used to build, purchase and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. Listen to hear Stepheny's concerns as well.     
June 23, 2021
Episode 9: "Every Brick Wants To Be Something"
In this 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street With Stepheny, she encourages you to place your hand on a brick wall in remembrance of the craftsman, architects and long lasting results brought forth and stands before you. With some storytelling woven in for good measure, learn something new today about a brick and how to show your admiration for the brickwork throughout Rock Mount, NC. 
June 16, 2021
Episode #8 "I Want To Save The Old Houses Too."
In this 5-minute Podcast, Talking Main Street With Stepheny, she weaves another story into the theme of this episode about Preservation. Her point of view on the subject always includes a bit of nostalgia that she feels is significant to the rhyme and reason of preservation.
June 9, 2021
Episode 7 - Playing The American Game at Stith Talbert Park
Talking Main Street with Stepheny in this episode takes you into Ward 1 where the Stith Talbert Park is located. Here is an iconic baseball setting with its manicured fields. It is a setting meant for families, for children, and dogs on leashes as the neighborhood gathers to support their youth. The sound of cheering wafts through the air.. Stepheny's storytelling and point of view are woven into talking baseball and what it represents to winning the war that is being waged in the country over America's heart and soul. Enjoy!
June 2, 2021
Episode 6: Learning the Language of Mainstreet
Stepheny talks about the economic driver having people living downtown bring;.a vitality that doesn't end at 5:00PM. It is the decision making that must ensure economic stability, saving the edges around Main Street for future growth and above all else the question must be asked, "Is this putting our stakeholders first?"
May 26, 2021
Episode 5: Saying 'Yes' to Rocky Mount Every day
In this episode Stepheny tells more stories in support of the revitalization of Rocky Mount. As a young girl she was taken to a performance of Peter Pan at the Schubert Theater in Chicago. Peter comes to the front of the stage and begs the audience to clap in order to save Tinker Bell life. Enjoy Peter Pan on Main Street.  
May 19, 2021
Episode 4: What Do You Do With A Problem?
Revitalization of Main Streets come with problems. In Rocky Mount we are blessed with those I refer to as Repairers of the Breach. Great young people placing their flag downtown, opening new businesses, saving the commercial architecture that is as fine as any in Eastern North Carolina. Preservation, restoration and repurposing are the key words around which honoring a past and building a future revolves. With usual storytelling, Stepheny offers another way to look at the problems that can be overcome. At least, that's what Stepheny believes. 
May 11, 2021
Episode #3 - Main Street Revitalization Leads To Successful Results
5 minute Episode: Change is on Stepheny's mind today - two sides of a coin - 
May 4, 2021
Episode #2- Drawing Large Circles
In this 5-minute audio podcast, Stepheny talks about drawing circles large enough to include everyone. She tells several stories of what she would have missed if living in a small circle. Main Street is large enough to hold everyone.
April 28, 2021
Talking Main Street With Stepheny - Episode 1
Episode 1 is an introduction to Stepheny's new podcast, Talking Main Street. In this episode, she tells why she can be found these days, on Main Street, Rocky Mount, NC.  This episode tells you about Stepheny the architect and  journalist. She mentions Studs Terkel, the Chicago Tribune columnist,  Now she writes the blog,, and created a Facebook page by the same name. Preservation, restoration and repurposing architecture, and all that encompasses today, will be part of the subjects she talks about. The title of her third novel, Repairers of the Breach, soon to be released, is how she thinks of everyone involved in saving Main Street, USA. The Podcast can be heard each Wednesday of the week. Stepheny hopes you will join her and learn the new language of Main Street. 
April 19, 2021