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Thursday, October 3, 2013
I’ve listened to the endless negativity for as long as I possibly can and have decided it’s time to confront the enablers who help contribute their negative opinions.
I’m referring to the mounds of judgmental experts so quick to put down the Southeast area of Roanoke.
One of the reasons Southeast got a negative reputation decades ago was because greedy slumlords bought property and rented cheap housing to people who could not care less about how they live or take care of their dwelling.
Unfortunately, this still exists, not just in Southeast but many parts of the city.
Sadly, the general public and even some real estate agents are just as guilty in contributing to the decades of continuing Southeast negativity.
People buy into stereotypes and hearsay so easily because they don’t want to waste their time to form their own opinions or care enough to gain their own knowledge.
It’s easier to just go along with the crowd in ridiculing Southeast. If a community is continuously plagued by a strong public image of rednecks, low-lifes, crime and blight, how can community pride and hope in the future among current residents be pushed forward?
How can Southeast Roanoke possibly seek to reinvent itself with so many destructive individuals continuing to keep it down?
For the love of God, have some optimism and try spreading encouraging comments for a refreshing change.
Look at the community’s heart and spread that word.
There are many positive attributes that rarely get mentioned when speaking of Southeast Roanoke.
We have many historic and positive elements in Southeast. There are unique older homes with original trim and beautiful hardwood floors, which are hidden gems waiting for a caring owner, family or reputable investor to restore and admire.
We own a 1920s bungalow in a quiet neighborhood and have a view of Mill Mountain and the Mill Mountain Star from our front porch, a treat many in other areas don’t have.
A greenway bike trail, community garden, parks, good schools, stores and bus lines are close by.
Southeast is minutes from downtown, Interstate 581, Vinton and Smith Mountain Lake. The location, the amenities, the bones and the rich history are in Southeast, but it takes attentive eyes and optimism to see that.
So it’s now time to move into the future and stop the negative bashing.
One day we concerned and caring Southeast homeowners will spark revitalization with or without local government’s attention and assistance.
We hope the general public will be able to say “look at those gorgeous restored homes in Southeast.
“I helped make that happen because I was part of the solution and stopped contributing to the problems.”
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