Abingdon is an importantly-historic Southwest Virginia municipality of around 8,200 inhabitants, set in the Great Valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains. It was founded at the time of the American Revolution and was a stopping-place for Daniel Boone as well as the Great Valley mustering point for the pivotal Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain; the U.S. National Park Service’s Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail begins in Abingdon. Abingdon is the oldest significant Anglo-American settlement in Virginia west of the Blue Ridge and was the community from which pioneers traveling the Great Road took the Wilderness Road to Cumberland Gap and beyond. The town boasts an impressive collection of historic buildings, from the eighteenth century on. It is home to the renowned Barter Theatre—official State Theater of Virginia—and to the historic Martha Washington Inn, and has a well-developed artistic scene. Historical, cultural, and nature-recreation tourism is the community’s economic life blood, so Abingdonians have a great stake in preserving its present historic and small-scale ambience as well as the rural character of its Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail. Abingdon has been cited in a number of publications as one of America’s best places to retire, attracting many talented people to the community. The proposed shopping center would compromise this ambience and, according to a traffic engineer, would create severe circulation problems at I 81’s Exit 17, the main entry point for central Abingdon. Proposed road “improvements” appear to violate certain VDOT requirements.