A bike ride, electricity and more in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Wasena’s allure isn’t new
Re: “Renewal projects receive award,” Nov.30 news story:
I bought my first house in Roanoke’s Wasena neighborhood in 1999. I had no knowledge of the neighborhood except that there was a rocket next to the bridge. It seemed like a good landmark for visitors, and I liked the house and its proximity to Grandin Village, Crystal Spring, Towers and my job downtown.
While our rocket is gone, many good things have come to replace it: the Roanoke River Greenway, the River House, Wasena City Tap Room, River Rock climbing gym and East Coasters (coming soon), as well as more families and home buyers.
While the new attention to our neighborhood is welcome, Wasena has never been in need of “saving.” We have worked the past 25 years sustaining a strong community that has a high percentage of home ownership, quality housing stock and quiet, tree-lined streets.
In fact, the trees commuters enjoy along Main Street were planted by the neighborhood, using grants from the Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates. Other functions of our group are coordinating code compliance, crime prevention and neighborhood fellowship.
When you hear exciting news about Wasena, please don’t call it rebirth, renaissance or turnaround. Simply call it discovery.
Wasena Neighborhood Forum