Roanoke is a not too big city in Southwest Virginia, with a population of about 300,000. The city was built on railroads and was once full of rich neighborhoods with large, fancy houses. It's commonly called the Star City, as it has the world's largest man-made star sitting on top of Mill Mountain.
Big houses got old and became apartments. The gov’t tried to fix them up, but now the cost is too high for the poor folk who would live there. Most Roanokers are highly delusional due to the high amounts of drugs in the Southeast, Melrose, and Williamson Road areas. Other delusions are caused by unintelligent bigots. We have too expensive boutiques a too big art museum, and the big city restaurant 404 Market, which only about 2% of Roanokers can actually afford. These idiots think that we live in a Metro City, which is a figment of the imagination.
On the upside, the Mill Mountain Star is pretty cool. We’ve got nice festivals and home-town parades, Texas Tavern with its great chili. Roanoke has a lot of really good people, despite the many village idiots. We are known for sports stars Rhonde & Tiki Barber, and Wikipedia says that Wayne Newton and Debbie Reynolds had lived here briefly.
To sum it all up, we're a mixture of average people, rednecks, crazy druggies, and stuffy almost-rich people. Everyone who lives here lives to get out, but most of them don’t. But those who do still appreciate Roanoke for what it is rather than what it’s not.
Chad: Have you heard of Roanoke?
Sara: I saw it mentioned in a book once.