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☷ City of Danville Virginia - Old West End brings QR codes  to  the streets

☷ City of Danville Virginia - Old West End brings QR codes to the streets

City of Danville , state Virginia
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   The historic Old West End neighborhood has something new to call attention to the collection of elegant homes and properties that line Main Street and adjacent side streets: markers with QR codes .
   Mixing technology with tradition , 56 markers have been installed along the edge of the sidewalk in front of the properties to bring tourism into the 21st Century and better promote the historic district .
   “What a great project and idea to promote these beautiful homes , ” said Lisa K . Meriwether , tourism manager for the Danville Office of Economic Development . “Visitors love learning about the history of older homes , and many will travel to a destination making this activity their number one reason for the visit . ”
   Quick Response , or QR , codes are a type of barcode loaded with information that , when scanned with a phone or other device , can open a web page , social media site or video .
   Each marker in the Old West End has two smartphone - readable codes . One code links to a
   story map
    on the City of Danville’s website . The second code links to information on a website maintained by the
   Friends of the Old West End
    , which is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 community organization that promotes the historic district .
   The two websites provide information about the property , including historical highlights and maps .
   The markers were installed last month . The project is a partnership between the City of Danville and Friends of the Old West End . Most of the cost of the markers was offset by a Certified Local Government grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources .
   The Old West End is a walkable neighborhood located immediately south of the River District that boasts what many believe is Virginia’s finest and most concentrated collection of Victorian and early 1900s residential and ecclesiastical architecture .
   The area represents an era of growth and prosperity in Danville when the tobacco and textile industries were thriving . It also contains a broad spectrum of architectural styles popular in Danville from the mid - nineteenth century to the early twentieth century .
   The neighborhood is part of the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places .
   

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