Mason Adams

Mason Adams has been covering Blue Ridge and Appalachian communities since 2001. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Politico Magazine, Scalawag and elsewhere. He writes from Floyd County, Virginia.

Downtown Roanoke is pictured.

The Small Appalachian City That’s Thriving

Roanoke, Virginia, has become what many cities of its size, geography, and history want to be. It started by bringing housing to a deserted downtown.