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Old 03-22-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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I grew up in Halifax, County, and my husband grew up in Danville, VA. We left when we went to do the college thing, and this past year we've been living in central VA where I teach high school. We don't like it here. Everything is very expensive, we don't know anyone, and this area is even more rural than back home.

We were thinking we'd like to go back home to Southside. Now, I grew up in the area, so I know about the drugs, the high crime, and the poor employment. But, we both lived there for 18 years, we knew where not to go after dark, and it was just fine. As a teacher, I'm fairly certain I could get a secure job, and since my husband doesn't have a degree just yet, he would be content to work at a retail or service store.

Ideally we'd just like to go back home for a few more years, save some money, spend some time with friends and family, get more work experience, and maybe another degree (I realize it would have to be online as we don't have much in the way of higher education in southside), and then in a few years, move on.

I've had some family members say this is a horrible mistake, and some family members start looking for places for us to move: on their road. Somehow I think they be a bit impartial.

Does this sound like a horrible idea? And is there an area of Southside VA you would recommend over others (ie Martinsville is okay, but definately not Danville, etc).

Thanks in advance.
Southside, meaning down south of Lynchburg which is Central Virginia; Hurt, Gretna,Chatham, Java,all those little localities heading down toward Danville, Virginia. I moved here seventeen (17) years ago, and the only changes are those very near Danville, because that's what the people want. We have difficulty with healthcare facilities here, and travel too far to see a doctor or emergency. We even have to travel to Duke for anything extensive. If you like Danville it'll be fine for you, but consider a place like Callands not far from the city which can be as far as 10mls from Walmart or the circle of businesses, eateries, mall etc. Now, recently there was a decision to rid 46 jobs in the Danville school system, but the County hasn't made any major changes except to build new schools. Not sure how many jobs will be lost, as far as crime just like any other place I suppose. There are many places in that area you wouldn't believe you were in Danville, just beautiful. But, Farmville may be fine. I love Ashburn but that could be quite expensive in the Northern Va. area as well. Good Luck, and do some heavy research when it comes to schools, medical centers especially in this area, and distances. Keep in mind the weather is not that bad either.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I understand Farmville has a new Y.M.C.A.

And South Boston has a visual and performing arts facility called "The Prizery" in a former tobacco building (see the Prizery's website).
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Remember Berry Hill Rd. in Danville? The city-county has bought 3500 acres for a MEGA-PARK industrial area. That area is so nasty now, crime is OUTRAGIOUS (remember Craighead st-Crackhead st?) I tried in Danville, really so glad to be gone! So, believe me when I say Martinsville is heading in the same direction, Bassett is a ghost town~so sad~!, Fairystone is ok, but I'd say keep looking!
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:56 PM
 
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I know this is an older thread, but are there any opinions on the future of Southside? Are there any areas in this part of Virginia that are growing? I drive through Southside often as it is near the Triangle and it is certainly pretty but quite rural.
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Old 03-09-2021, 01:40 PM
 
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I know this is an older thread, but are there any opinions on the future of Southside? Are there any areas in this part of Virginia that are growing? I drive through Southside often as it is near the Triangle and it is certainly pretty but quite rural.
I've always felt that Martinsville and Danville's fates were tied together. At least for Danville, Caesar's Entertainment is investing $400m to develop a luxury casino resort on the former Dan River Mills site, though the Casino itself will cost $15m to build. Not a fan of gambling, but it's likely being positioned to also draw in North Carolinians who want to take advantage of it as a destination. We'll see how that works out.
https://caesarsfordanville.com/
https://richmond.com/news/state-and-...fe61c52e5.html
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Old 03-09-2021, 03:10 PM
 
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I've always felt that Martinsville and Danville's fates were tied together. At least for Danville, Caesar's Entertainment is investing $400m to develop a luxury casino resort on the former Dan River Mills site, though the Casino itself will cost $15m to build. Not a fan of gambling, but it's likely being positioned to also draw in North Carolinians who want to take advantage of it as a destination. We'll see how that works out.
https://caesarsfordanville.com/
https://richmond.com/news/state-and-...fe61c52e5.html
I'm sure the casino will bring in people from North Carolina. Danville is only an hour or so away from Durham and less than an hour from Greensboro. I'd like to see Danville improve, it has a neat downtown and it definitely needs to be revived.
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Old 03-15-2021, 08:03 PM
 
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Well, if he is talking about SW Virginia, there's not a lot of crime in the areas that I know, but there is a bit of a drug problem and EXTREMELY poor employment unless you work in nursing, coal mining, or heavy machinery (and possibly social work). The drug problem is more underground, but there are a couple of meth labs in the area that have blown up in houses that people would not expect there to be a meth lab.
The term "Southside Virginia" is understood to mean the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southside_Virginia

It does not include the mountain areas - which south of Roanoke are called instead "Southwestern Virginia" .

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Old 03-15-2021, 08:09 PM
 
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"The Atlantic" magazine had 2 recent articles last year, about the improving situation of Danville. It said that the new YMCA fitness center, which is quite popular with both black and white populations, has reduced the local obesity rate, (and offers a child-care center while people exercise).

The articles also mentioned that old industrial buildings have been converted into "Loft" apartments, thus increasing the downtown resident population from almost zero, to currently a couple of hundred residents. The city is has gotten large solar-energy farms, which will provide energy to schools and public buildings.

Danville also has an outdoor, military tank museum. Martinsville has the official "Virginia Science Museum."
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