There are many different qualities a town or city must embody for it to be considered either “good” or “bad”.
During the trip into downtown Roanoke, we were prompted to think about the qualities Roanoke had that made it a “good city”.
Roanoke is, in my opinion, considered to be a good city due to its dynamic and complex attractions.
The city has several beautifully designed museums all within walking distance of another, creating a learning environment, culture, and an aesthetic plus. The sidewalks one would take to get from place to place are wide enough for 2-3 people to walk side-by-side comfortably, which is an essential quality of a good city because they rely heavily on pedestrian traffic.
Roanoke also has a variety of activities going on all the time (there’s a marathon going on this weekend, check it out!) which provides opportunities to try new things and meet new people.
The architecture of downtown Roanoke makes the city unique, almost like a hidden treasure in Virginia. Many of the older buildings, while they make look a little rough around the edges, are still up and running successful businesses, cafes, and shops. The order or ratio of new and old buildings varies, meaning Roanoke does a great job integrating big businesses (like Verizon) into a city with smaller businesses as well. The two live in harmony on the streets and furthers the diversity of Roanoke’s fabric.
If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest dropping by.
Check out the Taubman Museum, the City Market, the MANY restaurants, and much much more!