The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 20, 2013

Students discuss how to improve the city

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Jesse Richardson, with the West Virginia University College of Law’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, visited Greater Beckley Christian High School seniors Thursday to hear their thoughts on how to make Beckley better.

“We got some great feedback,” Richardson said.

Students said they would like for the Beckley area to have more focus on recreation and less focus on restaurants.

Some suggested recreational efforts included an ice skating rink, more museums, nature walks and trails, sports centers, a drive-in movie theater, a zoo, go-karts and laser tag.

 The students said they feel Beckley has too many car dealerships and fast food restaurants, but they would like to see the area build a Red Lobster.

As for other businesses, students said they would like for a large business to come in to provide more jobs for the area, and they would also like for the Crossroads Mall to be updated.

Under the transportation section, students expressed concerns about potholes, overcrowding on Eisenhower Drive and Harper Road, cycling tracks along the road and the need for a public transportation system.

Students also expressed concerns about the need to clean up the city, as well as safety concerns on the bike trail, the skatepark and the downtown area.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com