In Charleston, West Virginia, you can park your car all day for , catch free live music almost every night and be seated right away – sans reservations – at the city’s best restaurant.
Servers and shopkeepers have the time to exceed expectations, often in delightful ways: The owner of Swiftwater Cafe designed me a custom sandwich, and the owner of Elk City Records, after we bantered about dogs, asked, “Ever heard Portuguese music?
The racial makeup of the village was 94.1% White, 3.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races.
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There were 1,528 households of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families.
36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
As I wheeled around, I had the recurring thought that the city was far short of capacity, both in people and businesses.