In most places these days, food is something you buy in a supermarket. It’s gotten so some towns hardly have sidewalks anymore, just roadways for people to drive from place to place. It’s the kind of set up that can actually affect people’s health. But, the town of Pulaski, in southwestern Virginia is on a tear to bring back those lost connections.
Small towns aren’t what they used to be. Once the ‘go to’ center of community life, the idea of the ‘town square’ has all but disappeared. But in southwestern Virginia, they’re working to bring back the glory of small towns and new residents with them. This week, they're holding a two-day workshop in Pulaski they’re calling a "revitalization revival.”
Journalists are used to reporting on tragedies of all kinds. But the story of a 5-year-old Pulaski boy, who died after falling into a septic tank 3 years ago, has stayed with two Roanoke Times Reporters. Now they just released a podcast series that explores the nuances and backstories of the sad saga that are not always visible in black and white. It's called SEPTIC.