The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 83
IN THE THREE
YEARS I've called
Roanoke home, I
have felt a surging
momentum in the
Star City's reshaping
toward becoming a
destination metropolis. Our appeal to
millennials grows as
our downtown and
add layers of urban
complexity, niche living and craft brews,
while holding fast to
our old glory; that of
being a "great place to
In Roanoke, those people simply
raise a family." With recent head bloomed where they were planted.
nods from the likes of the Boston The Gainsborough community beGlobe, we Roanokers gain confi- came a shining light and an oasis of
dence in our transformation. We hope amid an antagonistic South.
are invigorated; doubling down It was a lively and vibrant place-a
rich humus for jazz to grow.
our efforts towards chic mountain
urbanity and further away from joyed one of its richest cultural
our humble blue-collar roots.
and artistic eras during its manBut the truth is, Roanoke en- ufacturing zenith. Not only this,
Dizzy Gillespie and
Charlie Mingus, Salute
to the Newport Jazz
Festival, Boston Garden,
December 9, 1971.
Image Donated to
Harrison Museum by Dr.
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JULIANNE RAINONE PHOTO OF ORIGINAL