AS 2013 drew to a close last night, more than one hundred musical artists performed 43 shows in Charleston's GoodNight celebration, as they have done each New Year's Eve for the past 19 years.
It was a fitting way to end the year, which for Charleston and the region, seemed reasonably good.
The city ended with a near record low of, at press time, one murder, and the state saw some very promising economic announcements that have the potential for job growth and economic diversity for the area for many years to come.
Charleston enjoyed another great season of the Live at the Levee concert series; FestivALL added weeks of excitement and culture and Mountain Stage celebrated its 30th year while still going strong. Many other cultural opportunities — too many to name — entertained area residents.
Yes, the region needs new growth, a better attitude toward entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, more economic opportunity, and less drugs and violence.
But all in all, it's a pretty and pleasant place to live.
The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau calls Charleston "a gateway to all that is wild and wonderful about West Virginia."
Welcome to 2014. It's up to all residents to make the new year even better than the last in Hip, Historic . . . Almost Heaven.