West Charleston, across Elk River to the northwest of downtown, does not reveal its architectural heritage as openly as other areas of the city, but there is more than enough to warrant a visit. Unfortunately, the broad swath of Interstate 64, parallel to the Elk, eradicated the area's former ties to downtown. With its access and egress ramps, this broad highway gives an unflattering first impression of the neighborhood when approached, as it usually is, from the east.
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