Moving toward AZ

Campbellsville, KY

#21 Mar 31, 2011
whats the yard

“Reality is settling in...”

Since: Nov 08

Stop sweating the small stuff.

#22 Apr 1, 2011
Moving toward AZ wrote:
whats the yard
It was aplace near downtown where everything happened and all the Juke Joints were back in the 70's.
Cletus Yokel

Potomac, MD

#23 Apr 5, 2011
Yes, it's a good city to pass thru on your way to somewhere else. If you're a druggie, it isn't called "Roll and Toke, VA"
Qfever

Roanoke, VA

#24 Apr 5, 2011
I do not know at the expense of the city I live in Roanoke County and I really like it. We moved here with my husband from Washington DC. If you're tired of living in a big busy city and looking for a good place to children's growth, Roanoke is the right thing. Calm, quiet, good schools. But if you're looking for nightlife, go to Moscow.
Springtrail

Wytheville, VA

#25 Apr 6, 2011
Roanoke City to me is a "railroad town". Norfolk Southern is situated right smack dab in downtown. Rail tracks runs east west right thru the city. You have your cliche' of who lives south of the tracks and north of the tracks. Northwest section of Roanoke public housing, and areas of unrest prostitution, shootings, drugs. Southwest is considered abit more influential, doctors and more prominent citizens. Southeast your blue collar, white red neck neighborhood. Some areas okay, others not so good with common looking housing and aprtments. Northeast more your upscale neighborhood and people. Real Estate taxes are expensive. Alot , of homeless characters decorates the downtown city area called the historic district. I moved away from the area a year ago. I had enough of looking over my shoulder and wanted a much quieter safer area to live.
General prick

Athens, MI

#26 Apr 7, 2011
Springtrail that was dead on I live here now sw leavimg really soon heafing to nc for the better winters
JLerch

Roanoke, VA

#27 Aug 13, 2011
I just moved here not long ago from Philadelphia. It has it's good and it's bad points, but as far as I can see the positives def outweigh the negs. 10 years ago I would have been bored out of my mind, but the party-bar scene years are pretty much behind me so the lack of nightlife isnt' such a big deal. The surrounding scenery and the parkway, greenways, etc.. are really a nice touch. The funniest thing I've encountered is how out of touch folks around here are in regards to crime, etc...it's beyond laughable. As in some of the earlier posts, I've found it's not uncommon for folks to warn you of all this horrible surrounding crime, etc. Coming from Philly, growing up around Baltimore and living in L.A for 4 years has given me a tad different perspective on this I suppose. There are many wannabe thugs like any other rural-type city. Many whiteboys with tattoo'd faces who've seen too much BET and have become confused I suppose. I can spot a drug spot or any place ridden with crime from miles away, and there may be 2-3 little spots you might want to avoid. NOTHING like a real city. Again...the crime issue is nothing short of laughable. All and all a decent spot. Cheap, well maintained, growing little downtown area. Good if you're looking for a quiet spot with cheap real estate and nice scenery.
Left and will not return

Roanoke, VA

#29 Sep 12, 2011
Here are some statements I think an objective could make about some experiences in Roanoke, Virginia: Roanoke has 4 distinct seasons none of which are harsh and the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful. It has an airport with jets/major carriers and an Interstate highway. The region can be beautiful an objective observation of the people of SW Virginia shows much of the following: 1) right-wing, ultra-conservative, evangelical Christian (the phoney/pseudo-type of Christian); 2) locals with a very poor work ethic (commonly heard by employers: "Do I have to be drug tested to apply for the job?") and service people's efforts are often shoddy; 3) the public school system fails a high percentage of students and those who do graduate are not prepared to be in competition with those outside the immediate region; 4) what passes for a "university" in Roanoke is "Liberty University" and that should tell you a LOT; 5) locals often are not tolerate of perspectives or opinions different from their own; 6) locals often smile and say whatever they seem to think you need to hear rather than telling the truth (e.g. syrupy sweet hypocritical Southern crap); 7) the "Very Good" (none are "Excellent") restaurants in Roanoke number about 4 and none are above a 6 on a 10 scale; 8) buffet bars, many forms of dope, and an affinity for all things Wal-Mart rules; and: 9) the list goes on. I moved in shortly after retirement and moved out as soon as I could sell, taking a loss due to the downturn in real estate (simply did not matter), and have no plans to return to the Roanoke Valley ever again. Before I do, I'll go into my garage, take a hammer and smash my thumb repeatedly. That action on my part will be more pleasant than going back (in every sense of the word) to "Roanoke".
Doris Mullens

Salem, VA

#30 Sep 12, 2011
Left and will not return wrote:
Here are some statements I think an objective could make about some experiences in Roanoke, Virginia: Roanoke has 4 distinct seasons none of which are harsh and the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful. It has an airport with jets/major carriers and an Interstate highway. The region can be beautiful an objective observation of the people of SW Virginia shows much of the following: 1) right-wing, ultra-conservative, evangelical Christian (the phoney/pseudo-type of Christian); 2) locals with a very poor work ethic (commonly heard by employers: "Do I have to be drug tested to apply for the job?") and service people's efforts are often shoddy; 3) the public school system fails a high percentage of students and those who do graduate are not prepared to be in competition with those outside the immediate region; 4) what passes for a "university" in Roanoke is "Liberty University" and that should tell you a LOT; 5) locals often are not tolerate of perspectives or opinions different from their own; 6) locals often smile and say whatever they seem to think you need to hear rather than telling the truth (e.g. syrupy sweet hypocritical Southern crap); 7) the "Very Good" (none are "Excellent") restaurants in Roanoke number about 4 and none are above a 6 on a 10 scale; 8) buffet bars, many forms of dope, and an affinity for all things Wal-Mart rules; and: 9) the list goes on. I moved in shortly after retirement and moved out as soon as I could sell, taking a loss due to the downturn in real estate (simply did not matter), and have no plans to return to the Roanoke Valley ever again. Before I do, I'll go into my garage, take a hammer and smash my thumb repeatedly. That action on my part will be more pleasant than going back (in every sense of the word) to "Roanoke".
we are that bad to you for the record salem is a good little city to live in so i will just stay here salem is all i have ever know you are entiled to your views
haha

Kennesaw, GA

#31 Sep 13, 2011
Most any place is a good or bad as you make it..Left seems very bitter babout something. I have a son and daughter in law that moved there and they love it after 3 years.
Little Tim

Palmyra, VA

#32 Sep 15, 2011
andrew a wrote:
<quoted text> I have to say, i just moved to Roanoke VA from arizona, and i have never seen so many hillbillys in my life. there is no night life here at all, everything seems to be backdated twenty years or so. if you want a good place check out raleigh NC. im moving there as soon as my lease is up.
Goodbye! and good ridance.
Momto4

Roanoke, VA

#33 Sep 28, 2011
Wow!! All these nasty comments. You don't need to carry a gun in the shower here. Just like any other area you have to know the good areas and the bad areas. Roanoke is different than other areas, but it really just depends on your preference and what you like. Don't let all these people's comments scare you. Roanoke is not full of violence like these people are making it out to be. There are a lot of areas much much worse.
mr t

Roanoke, VA

#35 Oct 10, 2012
You don't want to live in Roanoke. A small city with a huge
problem that no one can mention. Those in this "little Chicago" know what I mean. If you are not ancient, redneck
on disability or black you won't like it.

Sorry- truth be told--- Roanoke County- not too bad Salem
and Vinton-- almost good Roanoke City -- awful!!
mitt obamney

Allentown, PA

#36 Oct 11, 2012
Feed the homeless to the hungry
NokeVA

Roanoke, VA

#37 Oct 17, 2012
listen not much nightlife so if you young suggest for bigger city maybe Richmond,we have lil downtown best thing tho is texas tavern lol 21 and up are all the clubs tho.so if you under 21 than u really screwed unless you plan a house party but trust me roanoke city police strict on that they'll shut it down just cuz a noise violation smh.Sw city of Roanoke cheap housing they are nice too.Need have job lined up before you get here and a car too..some places lil spacey. Crime? every walk of life and place has shady places/people,you just have to be street smart not clueless.Posters here are VERY overeacting about the crime here realy gun in shower? If u are that worried here than u wouldnt last a day where im originall from stockton california lol.Ived lived in sw city,nw,and se part of city all ok,nw is worst crime wise,but as long as your not a drug dealer or act like a wannabe gang banger you should be fine here,not too much random crime happens here its rare usually the crime the victim suspect know one another.
lovely

United States

#38 Nov 17, 2012
Blowed up wrote:
Roanoke is full of hoodlums and wanna be thugs. Another once fair city going black. Lock your doors and carry a gun at all times, even while in the shower.
was go move to roanoke VA from Greenville NC to live is it country or just alot of crime got me thinking now
grtsheep

Thaxton, VA

#39 Nov 20, 2012
Roanoke isn't very nice whats so ever. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/va/roanoke/c...
Life is what you want it

Roanoke, VA

#40 Nov 23, 2012
Roanoke does have a lot going for it. There is nightlife, but it's pretty much 21+.
There are occasional homicides, but almost always between people who know each other (IE domestics or drug-related).
The people who have spent their whole lives here can't see outside the box, but those who are transplants or who grew up & then moved away & back I think tend to see it more clearly.
There's a mountain within the city limits with hiking trails all over it.
There's an emerging craft beer scene: We're not yet Asheville in that regard but now have three different restaurants with 25+ taps of craft beer.
There are a bunch of new living opportunities downtown if you're young: You can walk to work, take part in nightlife and never have to get into a car, all for about $650 a month for a one bedroom place (I think that's the rate for the Lofts at West Station).

I've not been to Greenville SC but I've heard the two cities are pretty comparable.
There are issues now and again but on the whole Roanoke is a great place to live.
Holly

Jonesboro, GA

#41 Jan 21, 2013
I lived there for 11 years, and getting out was the best thing I've ever done. I moved around a bit, and finally ended up in Atlanta (which is MUCH better). Roanoke is like a fishbowl. Everybody knows your business and you can't go anywhere without seeing people you know. The person who said it's 20 years behind the times is spot on. I have a hard time convincing myself to go back every 5 years or so to visit family. The job market sucks, and it's filled with trashy people (black AND white). The crime rate is also terrible. I was raped several times while there, as well as held hostage in a basement, tied to a mattress, among other things. My advice? Stay the heck away.
Willielikeit

Charlottesville, VA

#42 Jan 23, 2013
Lots of crime in Roanoke area. Robberies, breaking and enterings and stabbings. Why is that???? Judges need harsher sentencing.

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