Southern Towns – Fredericksburg, VA
Post date: Jun 5, 2012 2:37:55 AM
I recently had occasion to spend some time wandering around some southern towns I was unfamiliar with, and saw some positive – and some not so positive – signs of smart growth.
Fredericksburg, VA, is a welcome oasis in the horrendous I-95 corridor between Washington and Richmond. It’s a charming town with an historic district reflecting both Revolutionary and Civil War events, although still a little rundown and gritty in spots.
Some of the positives:
· Excellent street grid and good architecture.
· Lots of antique shops – bins and bins of Civil War prints!
· Boutiques, craft beer, locally owned bookstore, Victorian B&Bs, etc.
· College town (Mary Washington)
· Good north and south train service (Amtrak, last VRE station on the line to Washington) from a restored train station.
· The city is right on the Rappahannock River but doesn’t seem to have made the connection.
· Not much downtown housing. A few streets of townhouses around the train station and riverfront could make a big difference.
The town has real charm and offers real promise for the future.