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Lithuania

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Here are some photos I took yesterday while on my way to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. It was a nice day, almost nice enough to compensate for my poor photography. This is my first attempt at posting pictures, so I hope it works.

Here is downtown Ayden, NC. Ayden is about 10 miles south of Greenville.

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Another Ayden pic.

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New cafe in Ayden.

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Next stop on my drive was Kinston. Seemed like every town was having a parade on Saturday, so I couldn't drive on the Main Street to get photos.

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Here is the CSS Neuse.

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An old power plant in Kinston.

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And here are some photos of the Neuse River and the Park (not very urban, but a nice park though).

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Hope this works!

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Nice pics, good to see some stuff from this side of the state. I must say that I'm impressed with those pics of Kingston. All I've heard is negativity about the town.

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Thanks for the responses...I couldn't get the pictures to show on the thread. Sorry for the inconvenience of having to click on the link.

I'll get some pictures of Greenville and post them. I've lived in Greenville for about 4 years, and it's changed a lot since i've been there.

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Lithuania, these are superb photos!

I love the feel of eastern NC.......it is more laid back and there is a "sweeter" vibe from the people there.

In fact, I go down to Fayetteville every once in a while and was down in Lumberton not too long ago. The smaller towns seem to have stopped in time and haven't changed much in eastern NC, which strangely makes them unique. There is a certain uniqueness about eastern NC.

Thanks again for the great photos!!

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I'll get some pictures of Greenville and post them. I've lived in Greenville for about 4 years, and it's changed a lot since i've been there.

Great, look forward to seeing them. Last I was in Greenville was probably 7 yrs ago and then it was only to the hospital as my Dad was there.

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Thanks Triadcat, I agree that the Eastern NC towns are more laid back and haven't changed much over the years. With the hits that the textile industry and tobacco have taken, there hasn't been much of an economy in many of these parts. Places like Greenville are an exception, where there are institutions like Pitt Memorial Hospital keeping the ecomony going.

Guynvb, I hope to get some pics this weekend.

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Every city of decent size east of I-95 needs an infusion of "newness". IMO they need some of the transplants to ressurect these cities. Some of which have been around since the colony of Carolina. My favorites are Elizabeth City and Wilmington. E-city is a small jewel that if grown correctly can be spectacular.

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Why can't we develop our beaches into places where people will WANT to come to. What do Myrtle and West Palm have that we don't have. Population of course, but how did Myrtle pop up out of the middle of nowhere and is a leading tourist attraction for the Carolinas. I'd like to see eastern NC get more Hilton Head and Beaufort (SC) type towns under their belt.

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I will eventually post pics of North Eastern NC. Elizabeth City, Murfreesboro, Ahoksie, Hertford County, Gates County, etc...

Wow, I was raised in Ahoskie and worked in Murfreesboro for about 5 years.

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Why can't we develop our beaches into places where people will WANT to come to. What do Myrtle and West Palm have that we don't have. Population of course, but how did Myrtle pop up out of the middle of nowhere and is a leading tourist attraction for the Carolinas. I'd like to see eastern NC get more Hilton Head and Beaufort (SC) type towns under their belt.

It is all about connectivity and marketing. For the longest the eastern towns and beaches of NC were really cut off because of poor roads and highways. There has been progress however with US64 and US70 upgraded to 4 lanes to the larger population centers. I know when I lived in Hampton I took my family to Nags Head just because I never been to the Outer Banks. At that time most of the highways leading in there was 4 lane access but it went back to 2 lanes once you cross the Currituck sound(I love the name Currituck). Anyway I think a lot of the populace knows about Nags Head and the Outer Banks but the beaches of NC are relatively untouched. A lot of my co-workers in Hampton Roads vacationed down in the Nags Head area. Like I said it is all about marketing and the will to offer an alternative to Virginia and Myrtle Beach.

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In today's N&O there was a huge article about the NC ports Authority trying to buy land outside Southport to create an international port terminal that would rival Charleston and Hampton Roads. It would cost about $30 million to buy the land and almost a billion dollars to create the port. They said that the Cape Fear would have to be dredged to handle huge international cargo ships.

The plans go to the state governments to be approved, they said it could be as early as February. They also said the state government has been looking for a way to strengthen our economy after other southern ports manged to obtain huge manufacturing plants.

The ports authority expects Eastern NC to get the brunt of all the development and jobs. Trains would carry cargo to major cities like Charlotte and Atlanta. They also talked about the expansion plans of the Wilmington and Morhead City port terminals to handle more cargo and business.

Really hope this thing comes true. NC needs the economic strength.

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It is about 20 miles up river from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

It would be cheaper to build near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

I have hear that the river has a hard botton with rock, making it hard to deepen.

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I think this is great for Southport! It is about time we competed with Norfolk and Charleston. Eastern North Carolina really needs this!

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I will eventually post pics of North Eastern NC. Elizabeth City, Murfreesboro, Ahoksie, Hertford County, Gates County, etc...

I'm from Gates County. Seeing you mention it here has made my day. :yahoo:

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It is all about connectivity and marketing. For the longest the eastern towns and beaches of NC were really cut off because of poor roads and highways. There has been progress however with US64 and US70 upgraded to 4 lanes to the larger population centers. I know when I lived in Hampton I took my family to Nags Head just because I never been to the Outer Banks. At that time most of the highways leading in there was 4 lane access but it went back to 2 lanes once you cross the Currituck sound(I love the name Currituck). Anyway I think a lot of the populace knows about Nags Head and the Outer Banks but the beaches of NC are relatively untouched. A lot of my co-workers in Hampton Roads vacationed down in the Nags Head area. Like I said it is all about marketing and the will to offer an alternative to Virginia and Myrtle Beach.

I think the nature of NC's beaches is its biggest asset. I talk to my friends here in SC constantly about how much I love the Outer Banks, especially south of US 158 through the NWR. To me, that's what a beach is supposed to be--absent of all the tourist traps and neon lights.

I think land area is a huge limitation to growth and development on the Outer Banks too. I mean, in some places the islands are barely a mile wide, if that. And unlike Myrtle Beach, which only has the Intracoastal Waterway between the barrier island and the mainland, the OBX has sounds to its immediate west.

Still, there's nothing like driving down NC 12 and seeing the ocean on one side and the sound on the other.

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waverider, i also lived in gates county a while ago though, we have since moved on to raleigh. i like goin back to gatesville even though it is really small.

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