Without a doubt, the Historic Macon Foundation is making strides toward saving endangered, historic properties in Macon-Bibb County. For the last three years, HMF has designated five properties each year to its Fading Five list. From a total of nine properties, six have been declared “saved,” creating a 65 percent success rate.
A weeklong project in November 2016 encouraging residents to bike-commute around town has received international recognition from the Center for Active Design (CfAD). One of seven global winners of this year’s Excellence Awards, Macon Connects joins winners from as far away as Austria, Italy and New York.
Get ready for your close-up, Macon. When the Macon Film Festival begins July 20, all cameras will be on our city.
The four-day event is expected to draw 3,500 attendees to its seven venues stretching from the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Forsyth Road all the way into downtown Macon.
Guest blog post by Rachel Holler, Executive Director of Bike Walk Macon
If you see Rachel Holler working in Downtown Macon, she is either on two feet or two wheels. The Executive Director of Bike Walk Macon is working to create a culture of multi-modal transportation in Macon where there is a viable – and safe – alternative to driving. Part of that is work is an annual “cooling” of the streets, where some of the busiest main veins in our city are temporarily shut down and opened back up as “paved parks.” The results have been a welcoming change – and the vibrant sense of place is evident. Read More
Straight off the heels of the Cherry Blossom Festival, what signature spring event brings speed, STEM and thousands of spectators to Macon’s Magnolia Street?
That would be Macon’s other event in full bloom: The Magnolia Soapbox Derby. The annual race celebrated its ninth anniversary on April 8, where around 5,000 people gathered to watch 52 competitors vie for the fastest and most creative soapbox cars in four separate categories. The event that went from a neighborhood block party has now earned a regional reputation for soapbox racing – and creating a strong sense of place and pride for Macon residents and racers, alike.