Monday, August 29, 2011
Happy Birthday Blacksburg
The following editorial piece appeared in the Blacksburg Sun in 1971. I thought it was interesting what the author had to say, and it reflects the feeling of a lot of people today so it is worth reprinting here -
"As of last April, Blacksburg has been incorporated for 100 years.
This fact has been overlooked by most, if not all, residents of the town. Tragic as this is, it is not nearly so as the fact that town officials and merchants have let this event pass by, a moment when citizens of the town might have been brought together and given the feeling of existence as a town and not as an extension of Virginia Tech.
The town and college must work together but for the college because of it's own centennial to be able to suppress any idea of a town centennial leads one to assume that a mentality of existence, and not being, is prevalent in both officials and people in the town.
Blacksburg has grown over the past 100 years and will continue to grow at an even greater pace than before. The question which remains is whether Blacksburg will only be known as the place where VPI is or will it have it's own life, in cooperation with, but not overshadowed by, the college?
Blacksburg needs a recognition by it's citizens of it's 100th year. To lose the feeling of community is to pave the way for a future of disaster."
Remember, this was written 40 years ago. So, how are we doing as a Town and not just the place where that big university is located?
Posted by Dennis