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W H AT M A K E S R O A N O K E , R O A N O K E ?

"One of Roanoke's

most distinctive
traits is its
Goldilocks size.
The city is big
enough to boast
a decent night
life, healthy
economy and
vibrant artistic
community, but
small enough that
residents can
afford to raise a
family or start a
business.
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Not Too Big,
Not Too Small
One of Roanoke's most distinctive traits is its Goldilocks size. The city is
big enough to boast a decent night life, healthy economy and vibrant artistic
community, but small enough that residents can afford to raise a family or
start a business. Roanokers almost never sit in traffic. Any resident can speak
up and be heard.
Council Member Davis remembers returning to Roanoke and founding
a boutique bicycle company with her then-husband Aaron Dykstra. At the
time, she thought of the city as a stop along the way to someplace bigger. But
that changed.
"The thing that really impressed me was that we, as small business owners,
were able to join in on really important conversations," she says. "That is why
I stayed."
Duckett has a similar story. Though, at 28, the pull to move to a big city is
strong, he has found his influence in Roanoke belies his age and experience.
"I feel like I've been able to walk in my purpose here," he says. "I've been
able to set the city on fire with different ways of doing things, creating events,
creating opportunities for kids."
For many Roanokers, the low cost of living, the ease of getting around
and the chance to rub elbows with leaders creates a space for them to pursue
their dreams.
"We're small enough that we can make things happen from the ground
up," says Young, who started the Roanoke Art Mural Project and became the
muse behind dozens of murals in Roanoke. "It's up to the people of Roanoke
to make things better."

Can roanoke Stay Roanoke?
Roanoke is sure to evolve again. Will it hold onto its mountain-loving, hardworking, diverse, small-city essence?
"I hope we don't forget what makes us special," says Rasoul. "That balance,
the pace, what we have to offer families. I hope we're making sure to protect
that as we continue to prosper."
Davis says it will take vision and restraint and even more hard work to preserve
the best of Roanoke in coming decades.
"I think you're going to see a lot more change in the next 10 years," she says.
"Growth creates momentum and that momentum just keeps going. As we get
more people, that change happens even more quickly."
But Book City's Jackson is optimistic. He sees community conversations
as key to making sure all Roanoke's residents feel positive about its direction.
"Maybe we can do something different than in other places."
Most of all, Jackson says he is looking forward to witnessing whatever the
future holds.
"Oh my gosh! I want to see what happens next in Roanoke." I
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