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“Why Blacksburg, VA, is a Best Place to Live”

BLACKSBURG, VA — Melody Warnick, freelance writer, author and Blacksburg local, wrote why she thinks Blacksburg is a special place to live. Her editorial was published on Livability on January 19.

Touting the bustling, charming downtown, and top-knotch education and arts, Melody expressed why it’s no wonder Blacksburg made Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list for 2017.

“You don’t have to leave behind the serene mountain views or the access to hiking, biking, and horse trails,” said Warnick, “to get yourself a ticket to catch a world-class musician like Yo-Yo Ma performing at the recently built Moss Arts Center on the Virginia Tech campus.”

Read the full article on Livability.

Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live.


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