Sparky and I went to Salem, VA yesterday for family function, afterwards we went into Roanoke, VA to have a look around. I used to live in Roanoke and I wanted to see if my old neighborhood had changed much since I lived there around 20 years ago.
I lived in the Grandin Road area, the corner of Westover and Grandin to be specific. I loved that neighborhood. It had it all, two grocery stores, two dives bars, a laundromat, an art house movie theatre, a branch of the public library, an optometrist, a drug store, a sandwich shop, and more. I worked for a time at the drug store and for a time I also worked at the concrete pipe plant a few blocks away. When I worked at Valley View Mall, for a retailer I won't mention because they now suck ass, all I had to do to get there was walk a few feet from my front door to the bus stop and the city bus system took me right to the mall, or most any other parts of the city for that matter.
I had to move from Roanoke when I got laid off from my job at the pipe plant. I hated to go and leave my perfect little neighborhood but in the long run I see now that it was for the best because if I hadn't then I would have never had the life I have now.
The old 'hood's changed a little bit but it's mostly cosmetic. It's still a fun, funky, good little neighborhood. Long may it reign.