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NORTH LAKES
Ben Martin sees North Lakes as " solid middle
class ... where you have African-American
neighbors as well as those of Asian descent.
We all seem to get along very well. " Thomas
Ryder is fond of the convenience of " the rich,
wonderful diversity in the neighborhood,
[which] is unique in this homogeneous county.
Homes are well-tended and hold their value,
yet their values aren't over-inflated. "

Jan Kister has been an advocate for Old
Southwest for years and finds " it's a great
place full of diversity, with a mix of rentals
and owner-occupied homes, low-income to
wealthy residents and a variety of different
races, religions, ethnicities and countries
of origin. Much of the rental housing is
affordable, so we have lots of young families
and students, but we also have seniors.
Old Southwest is known nationally as a
'Gayborhood,' friendly to alternative lifestyles
and sexualities. "
Old Southwest " features structures over
100 years old, as well as Roanoke's first
school and park, which are both still going.
It is the first neighborhood in Virginia to be
listed as a Historic Neighborhood. Neighbors
have meetings and social events open to
everyone, and many of us have developed
close friendships. I can't imagine any other
place as home. "

WEST END
Corbin Prydwen finds the West End to be
" diverse and colorful. We have neighbors
from all over the world, Australia to Nepal
to Pakistan to Burundi to Mexico to China to
Afghanistan. West End was originally a place
for the unwanted. With the deed restrictions
all over the city, immigrants had to choose
the West End, because there weren't deed

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Round Hill not only has lovely homes, but panoramic views of the Roanoke Valley.

restrictions to keep them out. Patterson Avenue
was once a place for immigrants, and here we
are again with a mixed diverse community. "

SALEM (NORTH
BROAD STREET)
Writer Emily Paine Carter puts it this way:
" Vintage homes are nicely eclectic, mostly
Victorian and colonial architecture. They've
cropped up in a country music video and a
Salvage Dawgs treasure-gleaning. It's a fine
setting for trick-or-treating and Christmas
caroling. North Broad is old-fashioned in
other ways: Neighborly neighbors are the
treasures, ready to lend a hand or a hug. We
cheer and we console. We chat as we play
in our canasta clubs and as we stroll to the
farmers market and blessed Brooks-Byrd
Pharmacy's orangeades. We've rallied to help
neighbors, and who can pass by a Norman
Rockwell-esque lemonade stand? "

RALEIGH
COURT
Kurt Navratil says, " We're able to walk to a
movie, or dinner, a bike shop, either of two

greenways- Murray Run and Roanoke
River. A library, a post office, the Roanoke
Natural Foods Co-op. Black Dog Salvage,
farmers market and Urban Gypsy. Proximity
to so much. Churches, schools, sidewalks,
a cemetery. Alleys, variety of houses, a
wonderful mix of yards - it's the kind of place
you can settle into and stay a while. Which
I'm really glad we did. "

CAVE SPRING
Kelly Wittenauer Zuber moved to Cave
Spring " for the schools ... I found, however,
that raising a child in the suburbs also places
responsibility on parents to expose their
children to the wider world of ethnicity,
religions, cultures and socioeconomic groups,
so they grow up realizing that life in the
suburbs is not everyone's reality. "
Samantha Steidle says she " always noticed
how nice people were " when she was young
and working in the area for the first time.
" They would actually hold the door for you,
help you if your car was stuck in the snow
and were just in general good human beings.
That's the primary reason we moved to Cave
Spring. The world desperately needs more of
that right now. "
The Roanoke Valley is without a perfect
neighborhood, but what you're looking for is
here, regardless of what that is. I

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