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The Roanoke River Greenway is providing a gateway, connecting isolated neighborhoods to each other.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Norwich, one of Roanoke’s oldest industrial neighborhoods, might have remained forgotten to all but the families who have lived there for generations had not the Roanoke River Greenway bridged a connection.
Until the greenway jumped Memorial Avenue last May, stretching from Vic Thomas Park toward Norwich, there wasn’t really much of a reason to happen by the neighborhood despite it being just over the hill from Grandin Village.
Now, though, bikers are venturing along the greenway and discovering Norwich’s streets of shotgun houses, the rich green lawn sprouting at the rec fields near the community center and a neighborhood ready to greet them.
At every new place the river greenway touches, people living nearby are drawn outside their homes and people living afar are pulled there, so much so that some places are too congested. As miles continue to be added, strollers, joggers and bikers can stretch out and discover new places, like Norwich.
And greenway neighbors are finding they don’t mind the visitors; in fact, in Norwich they’re looking for ways to welcome them. Renewed pride in this industrial village is prompting neighbors to join together to pick up litter and extend their company-is-coming manners. They are planning to seek a neighborhood association grant to set up some grills in an open space where the greenway now ends at Bridge Street.
There’s talk about renovating homes, making Norwich a desirable, talked-about neighborhood for bike commuters. Norwich residents, like others in neighborhoods along previously opened sections of the Roanoke River Greenway, are discovering the greenway brings people out and together.
Norwich isn’t the end of the line for the greenway. Plans are already under way for Roanoke to keep stretching toward Salem as Salem reaches toward Roanoke, forming a connection that the communities didn’t know they always wanted.
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