Contributed by solidcitizen, an ePodunk user.
August 7, 2007
All my life there, and I'm sure your life too, there has been the hope that something would bring in the "tourist dollar"to a degree that the economy would thrive. It is frequently stated that the Wise County area is one of the prettiest spots anywhere: so as soon as the roads are improved it will all be better.
Get out and see the rest of Southwest Virginia, or the rest of Virginia and you will discover many places have the same mountain scenery(maybe even better) and they are located much closer to those tourists and their dollars.
I lived there; I watched the struggle and the hope fade over time. My fear is that it will always be that way.