Virginia’s tallest town provides a home for some and provides a bigger dream for others

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Virginia’s tallest town provides a home for some and provides a bigger dream for others

Brittany Burton

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Everyone around Bluefield, Virginia, either loves living here or wants to leave when they graduate. People feel there is not much opportunities around where it is a small town. Some people believe there’s not much fun stuff to do around here with friends. There are some people that love it here. They find it safe and love being here because everyone knows everybody.

Small towns have their advantages and disadvantages.  For example, for teens it is hard to find places to be with their friends and do activities.  Around here, we do not have many “attractions” to experiences. As for places to go, there are forty-six total stores and fifteen restaurants in Bluefield, VA. Fun places to go around here are limited. We have the bowling alley, mall, skating rink, movies, and arcade at the mall. Around here to get to more shops, we do have to travel thirty minutes or more to get there. For outside activities here are two pools and a park. We do have a overlook called the East River overlook.

People may want to leave this small town, but living around here is cheap and most people don’t have enough money to move or leave to go live somewhere else. Around here, groceries are not as pricey as they are in big areas, and the houses are way cheaper because it is a small town. Bluefield, Virginia, has a population of five thousand and fifty-eight. Between 2016 and 2017 the population has declined from five thousand and two hundred and fifty-four to five thousand and fifty-eight. Also, most people around here have grown up together or went to school together. Most people would call us a big family here in Bluefield, Virginia.

 

Hannah Overstreet, a senior, said, “Not much to experience in life when you’re in a small town like this, and it’s a growing community. It’s still growing, but where it is a small town it’s not going to have everything. The mall is going down and most places around is going down. I do love growing up in a small town because you can ask people for help even if it’s a stranger. In a small town everyone tries to help everyone. Helping each other, it wouldn’t happen like that in a city. People stay here because they are scared to leave because it’s where they have lived all their life. It’s super scary trying to go somewhere different and meeting new people. I do believe though life should be just looking for adventures, and in a small town you can’t really do that. I believe people should want to travel and see how the rest of the world is and try new places to live because you only have one life.”

A junior, Deanna Grossi, said, “For me, I love the nature around here. I believe Bluefield, Virginia, is unique in its own kind of way. Living here, I feel safer compared to living in the city because trying to sleep at night you wouldn’t know if someone’s going to come in your house. In Bluefield, Virginia, there’s not much crime rate at all down here. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe we have had some stuff that has happened around here that has been bad, but it’s definitely not like in the city as bad it is there. Being around here is where I want to live mostly my whole life because I do know the people and I love being out in the woods.”

Mrs. Shoemaker, a teacher, said, “I have lived around here most of my life. This has always been my home ever since I was a child. The reason I stayed around here was because I grew up around most of these people. I’ve gotten super close with them and gotten to watch other people I knew as a child have beautiful families. I do want to move when I retire because I do love the beach. The beach has always been my favorite place to go, so as soon I retire, I’m going to buy me a house on the beach. I’ll definitely be coming back. I love it around here. This is where most of my family lives too, and I have so many friends around here to count on.”