Restored white two-story historic home with black trim in Roanoke, Virginia

Restoring the Vacant Middle: Creating Middle Housing Through Historic Preservation

How flexible zoning in historic districts can support preservation and create affordable housing.

April 24, 2023 - Maribeth Mills


Virginia’s Intercity Rail Investments Paying Off in New Ridership

State-supported rail lines in Virginia set a new ridership record in July.

September 2, 2022 - Sun Gazette

New Bus Station

Roanoke Finds a Planning Work Around to Approve New Transit Station

With Planning Commission approval in hand, the Roanoke City Council will soon consider a controversial proposal for a new transit station in the city's downtown.

November 11, 2020 - The Roanoke Times


Bus Station Plan Moves Forward Despite Controversy in Roanoke

Angry public outcry wasn't enough to stop the Roanoke City Council from unanimously approving an ambitious transit station reconfiguration in downtown Roanoke.

January 24, 2019 - The Roanoke Times


Roanoke, Virginia Transit Station Plan Would Add Housing and Commercial Space

A plan to move a Roanoke, Virginia bus stop would use the current location of the stop to build transit-oriented apartments and shops.

January 11, 2019 - The News and Advance

Big Changes Proposed for I-81 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation is proposing $2 billion worth of changes to Interstate 81 in Roanoke.

October 28, 2018 - The Roanoke Times

Roanoke, Virginia's Evolving Economy Moves Beer-ward

Once, trains dominated the city’s economy, now it's "brains, bikes and beer," according to city officials.

May 13, 2018 - Governing


Roanoke Launches a New Bikeshare System

Bikeshare isn't just for the country's largest cities anymore.

May 28, 2017 - The Roanoke Times

Bend, Oregon

Two Towns, One Brewery: What Roanoke Can Learn From Bend, Oregon

The opening of the Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery in Roanoke, Virginia is bringing a new realm of possibilities for future development in the former railroad town, as it looks to go from "trains to brains."

November 17, 2016 - WSLS


The Bootstrapping Success of Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia offers a lesson in grassroots economic development for "small, out-of-the-way cities everywhere."

September 17, 2016 - Politico Magazine

The Keys to Virginia's Urban Revitalization: Live/Work/Play

An op-ed makes the case for the benefits of mixed-use development in Virginia, namely the creation of 24/7 environments for living, working, and playing.

March 12, 2015 - Virginia Business

Population Declining, Aging in Southwest Virginia

While Washington D.C. and its surrounding counties is in the midst of a population, development, and infrastructure investment boom, the region farther south and west in the state of Virginia is bleeding population.

January 28, 2015 - Bristol Herald Courier

Amsterdam Bikes

How One City Cultivates its Bike Culture

As a case study of bike culture, in which riding bikes is a normal and respected decision, Jeremy Holmes studies the example provided by Roanoke, Virginia.

September 5, 2014 - Mobility Lab

Explaining the National Economy's Real Estate Doldrums

Despite the housing boom in certain markets (such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco), the real estate market is nowhere near the economic driver it once was.

April 25, 2014 - New York Times - The Upshot

Can One Person Revitalize a City's Downtown?

Ed Walker saw what few others in his hometown of Roanoke, Virgina were able to see: potential. Walker is part a growing group of "vanguard developers" intent on changing the fortunes of their cities by the sheer force of their vision (and wallets).

July 27, 2012 - The New York Times

County Sues State Over Railyard

The State of Virginia wants to put up 2/3rds of the cost of a new private railyard in Montgomery County. County officials say it doesn't fit the character of the rural area, and have sued to stop it from being built.

October 17, 2010 - The Roanoke Times

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