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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 22: The Proposed City Land Grant
Welcome to the 5-Minute Podcast: Talking Main Street. Stepheny attended the meeting the other night on the proposed Community Land Trust.  Land Trusts  are community-run, nonprofit landholding organizations that aim to help low-income buyers obtain homes; a form of permanently affordable housing based on shared equity. Poverty makes money. There are questions that need answers. The good people at the meeting deserve these possibilities and an outcome that knows right from wrong.
September 22, 2021
Episode 21: The Moe Deloach Generation: Picking Up The Right End of The Stick
The energy behind today's 5-minute podcast started over lunch at Lillie May's relocated restaurant on Washington St off Main Street. Moe Deloach sat down next to Stepheny on another bar stool. Upon reflection of their conversation, Stepheny has added to the X generation and the others, a new designation. The 'Moe Generation.'  What has this got to do with picking up the right end of the stick? Listen in for further explanation. 
September 15, 2021
Episode 20- The Railroad Detective, Fred Holdsworth, the Rocky Mount Train Families, and a Question
Listening to this 5-minute Podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny, she asks the question, "Who Stands to Gain?" Against the background of the  railroad that helped Rocky Mount grow and prosper, she talks about the families in the historic districts, Villa Place and Edgemont. She begins with Fred Holdsworth, once a railroad detective. She asks, What if 'you' stood to gain rather than 'them?' Stepheny continues to weave stories into her point of view about the Main Street area.
September 8, 2021
Episode 19: Adding Another August to Our Memories
In this 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street With Stepheny, on the last day of August, she looks at the Withdrawal from Afhganastan through the lens of past summer memories while growing up. She asks the age old question, "Where did the summer go?" She wants to know if your memories surfaced out of the blue while buying strawberries at the roadside stand or walking in from the mailbox hearing laughing children down the street? She mentions the bright campfire Rocky Mount could be lighting up the Eastern Carolina sky. She talks about the America we love. Enjoy this summer reflection of another August gone by. 
September 1, 2021
Episode 18: Rose Street is on Fire - The Susan Cole Home Deserves the Cover of a Preservation Magazine
This 5-minute podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny is all about Rose Street and the preservation and restoration that is taking place in bungalows down the street. There the magnificent Victorian home belonging to Susan Cole deserves the cover of a preservation magazine. Research states that one restoration leads to the next and next through a neighborhood. Stepheny provides a mantra she wants the community to repeat. Listen in to learn more.
August 25, 2021
Episode 17: We Will Have Only Ourselves to Blame
This episode is a result of Stepheny watching hours of the Afghanistan news. Insights about accountability, how history judges the leadership of today, the significance of betrayal, and the power of leadership that corrupts. Listen to this 5-minute podcast framing Stepheny's point of view surrounding these heart wrenching scenes on the news and Rocky Mount's exhaustion over the loss of reputation and stature because of leadership that fails to lead.   
August 18, 2021
Episode 16: Let's All Go Out and Make Some Ripples
In this new 5-minute Episode of Talking Main Street, Stepheny tells us that she'd hoped to revisit some of the summers of her youth by walking barefoot on the wet morning lawn and sitting on a beach covered in suntan oil getting the perfect tan. What happened that those things didn't happen? What is this talk about ripples?
August 11, 2021
Episode: #15: It Is Time For a Change
In this 5-minute podcast, Stepheny announces that she is the new Campaign Manager, Blogger, and Podcaster for the upcoming election March 8, '22 for four available City Council Seats. She has experience, a cause, and a rallying cry, IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE. In this episode she sets the stage for CHANGE. Interesting company along with Stepheny in this episode. Henry Clay, President Eisenhower, and Thomas Sowell lend their wisdom to her efforts.
August 4, 2021
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