Blogger Jim White passed along this article to me pointing out the economic potential in Uptown Martinsville. Turning some of the upstairs in the uptown buildings into apartments would help bring retail shops into the area ... oh yeah, and it would make uptown a hip place to live, retaining some of the migrating youth. Duh.
I've been saying this for awhile, but in fairness, not on this blog. I saw the deliberate restoration of downtown work in Winston-Salem, and it could work here too.