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Grandview is not only a model of racial and ethnic diversity, but also of
economics ranging from high to low. The neighborhood was formed from the
old Huff Farm and at its peak-Round Hill-rests one of the best views of the
Roanoke Valley and homes for those with comfortable incomes. Throughout are
small homes built after World War II for returning vets, housing a cohesive and
comfortable blue-collar community. Its location is such that most of the rest of
the Roanoke Valley is accessible within about 15 minutes.

SOUTH ROANOKE
NORTHWEST/
WILLIAMSON
ROAD
Jeanne Bollendorf and her husband bought a
1960s-era home in Northwest several years ago
and they've been delighted with it since. " We
have a medium-sized home for an affordable
price [with] beautiful views of the mountains;
we're close to businesses and work; and we have
an incredibly diverse population. Our neighbors
are all skin tones, all ages (some of them still
live in the home they built on our street). They
come from as far away as places like Bhutan.
" One of my favorite things to do is walk
my dog and look at the yards, gardens and
decorations, because with so many nationalities
around us, I see many interesting plants or
d├ęcor that is new to me and I enjoy seeing so
many different cultural traditions. "

Carol Fralin, who grew up and still lives in South Roanoke says, " [South Roanokers]
are often leaders in our city, helping others and preserving our relatively short
history. Made up of many local old families from the last century and many new
families and individuals who found a home in South Roanoke, we are loyal and
accepting of one another. Many new friends will be coming soon as the Carilion
Research Center grows. The diversity will be welcomed and add to our small tribe. "

HOLLINS
Lizetta Staplefoote " raised my kids in Hollins and we love the area, " but " when I said
I was moving to Roanoke County, specifically Hollins, [friends] said I was crazy. My
kids' grandma warned me to watch out for the Klan and overt racists. Others said I'd
wind up isolated living so far away from the Grandin Village neighborhood that had
been our home before the move. So, why would I, a single black mother to two young
sons, want to move all the way out there?
" The first reason was the schools. Then, the property that we found was magnificent
and at a price point that I could afford. The neighborhood was a good mix of younger
families with toddlers, older families with kids my age, and retirees who'd lived in the
neighborhood for decades.
" And though it seems like it's way out in the boonies, it's actually just a shot down
Plantation Road to get to downtown, a jump up Williamson to get to Botetourt and
a stone's throw from I-81 to get anywhere you want to go. And third, the peace.
" I've never felt more at home, nor have I experienced any
racism from my neighbors or felt the
least bit uncomfortable in

GREATER
GRANDVIEW
Colbert Boyd finds the Greater Grandview
Neighborhood to be one of Roanoke's
most diverse. " There is a diversity of
languages and cultures. Although
diverse, the residents have so
much in common: recognition of
a higher spirit, the importance of
an education and the willingness to
work hard to support their families. "
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