Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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48 Spring 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Field Trip to 27852 That 'miracle' place Better Homes & Gardens winner of '49 now has youthful mayor, spot on reality TV PHILIP M. READ On the rural approach to Macclesfield, amid fields of tobacco, corn, and wheat, is the most visible statement of what lies ahead, a water tower emblazoned with the town's name. MEREDITH CORPORATION By Philip M. Read B ack in 1949, Better Homes & Gardens magazine hailed this place — named after its founder's ancestral home in northern England — as the "Miracle of Macclesfield." But even then, observers couldn't help but poke a little fun at the North Carolina namesake. "is was an ugly little wide spot in the road," wrote one newspaper reporter, after the little town — with just 367 souls — surprisingly won a national beautification contest run by the high- profile magazine. e "downtown" hardly turned heads. "You might have wondered why people live in such a place," the writer said in a lead-up to a transformation that captured the prize, along

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