Mayor David Bowers’ annual state of the city speech usually affords him the opportunity to gaze upon Roanoke through his star-clouded glasses and offer a vision rooted more in zeal than in any real foundation.
But Bowers’ enthusiasm in his speech delivered Friday was not misplaced. Those not paying close attention to city government might have thought Bowers hit a grandiose note when he said: “The future destination of our city will be grand in that the skyline of Roanoke will be dramatically changing over the next 20 years. You may want to take a postcard photograph now and compare it to two decades from now. I think you will see a whole lot of development and change.”
He isn’t talking just about a few hotel floors tacked on top of the Market Street garage, though that, too, will come.