2021 mobile tours

All tours will leave from and return to Hotel Roanoke.

There is a limited number of tickets available for each tour. 

Roanoke’s Neighborhood Centers

Wednesday, October 20, 1pm-2:30pm

Many of Roanoke’s traditional neighborhoods developed with self-contained centers that provide opportunities for people to live, work, shop, play, and interact in a local setting. Neighborhood centers offer amenities typically not found in suburban areas, such as convenient access to schools, local shops, and places of employment. The centers contain retail, entertainment venues, and office space that contribute to the health of Roanoke.  These neighborhood centers have been reinforced within the City’s new comprehensive plan, City Plan 2040, as a way to maintain vibrant, walkable neighborhoods.   


Join City of Roanoke staff and explore Grandin Village, Crystal Spring, and the newly revitalized Wasena neighborhood centers.  Planners will hear about historic preservation, encouraging small business development, a Co-Op Grocery, co-work space, and adaptive reuse.  Planners will learn the importance of setting the stage for these centers through zoning and infrastructure improvements. 

Gainsboro Walk

Wednesday, October 20, 1pm-2:30pm

Walking tour of Historic Gainsboro. The tour will begin at Hotel Ronaoke and weave through local neighborhood streets, highlighting prominent black figures from local history. Participants will discuss the impact of urban renewal on the City's landscape as they venture through the history of those honored at Wells Avenue Plaza. The tour will follow Patton Avenue, Gilmer Avenue, Gainsboro Road, Wells Avenue and Henry Street. The walk will circle back to end at Gainsboro Library and then back to Hotel Roanoke. 

Trains to Brains: Exploring Roanoke's South Jefferson Redevelopment Area 

Wednesday, October 20, 3pm-4:30pm

Roanoke’s South Jefferson Redevelopment Area was conceived as a cutting edge bio medical research park for the area’s nonprofit healthcare provider (Carilion) when the South Jefferson Redevelopment Plan was adopted by City Council in 2001. Today, the district has exceeded expectations and continues to grow. The creation of Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) in 2007 led to a new medical school, and subsequent mixed use development. 

This tour provides an overview of how Roanoke City planners and officials partnered with the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority and leveraged the redevelopment plan and EPA brownfield funds to transform this blighted, railroad-era industrial area into a thriving new district. The tour also highlights the new economy of the City and the groundbreaking work of VTC, which includes brain research.

Downtown Walk 

Wednesday, October 20, 3pm-4:30pm

Walking Tour of Roanoke's Downtown. Explore the City Market and the historic architecture. Peruse Elmwood Park and hear the story of its revitalization and check out the Elmwood Park Art Walk.  Then make your way down Jefferson Street and along Campbell Avenue to hear the story on some of Roanoke's most recently completed and newly planned redevelopments.