A Jewel Worth Saving: Re-imagining Danville’s North Union Street

Danville, Virginia may be best known for the railroad system, including the wreck of the “Old 97,“and a rich textile and tobacco history.  But there is a block in downtown Danville, North Union Street, that also has a story of its own.

South Union Street Pocket Park

South Union Street Pocket Park

The S. Union Street Pocket Park is nestled between two wings of The Bee Hotel in Danville, Virginia.  The park opened officially to the public on May 12, 2021 with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony.  

Monuments to yesteryear: Restoring downtown Danville buildings adds value, money for the entire community.

Old buildings, rows upon rows of them.

Musty, old-fashioned and usually in dire need of repair.
We have a downtown full of old buildings and they don’t seem to have any life left — just a reminder of generations gone by. Why would anyone spend time trying to bring them back to life? Why don’t we just tear them down?

These are just a few things you hear in this business of revitalizing historic downtowns. It can be hard to understand the value of these monuments to yesteryear. But what if I were to tell you that, by leaving them empty and not taking time and effort to find new uses and bring them back to glory, that our community would be losing funds that could be used for schools, infrastructure and public safety all over the city?