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Old 12-04-2017, 07:45 AM
 
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Another one: http://cityofgenevany.com/
Downtown Geneva, New York 14456 - The Difference is Downtown!
Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce | located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region (It is about 30-35 minutes from Rochester and 45-50 minutes from Syracuse)




https://thesmith.org/
Public Art Committee
https://genevanightout.wordpress.com/
https://leftbankgeneva.com/
HWS: Davis Gallery
Painting Parties | Geneva, NY & Finger Lakes | The Art Farm


https://theurbanphoenix.com/2016/04/...-of-grateness/
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HWS Geneva 2020 (a very culturally diverse small school district that has improved its graduation rate into the mid 80's in terms of percentage in part due to this vision/service.)




This small city in the same county, but on the other end closer to Rochester would fit as well: Canandaigua, New York *
Home - Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, NY
https://www.downtowncanandaigua.com/




http://canandaiguawinetrail.com/


Canandaigua Art & Music Festival
Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show - Home
Find one-of-a-kind gifts in the growing Canandaigua arts scene
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https://www.cmacevents.com/ (popular music venue that gets a good range of artists)


Home - Canandaigua City School District


Home listings in both places: Property Search Results


Public transportation info: https://www.myrts.com/Ontario
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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Another one: City of St. Joseph Public Art
Krasl Art Center » Home
Schaller Gallery | Representing the finest makers of ceramics.
https://boxfactoryforthearts.org
Saint Joseph Performing Arts Association 2017 - 2018 Season

The Riviera of the Midwest - City of St. Joseph, Michigan
https://www.stjoetoday.com

World HQ’s in the area: https://www.whirlpool.com

https://www.sjschools.org

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Old 12-17-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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I'm bumping this to the top in the hopes we can get some input from other parts of the US - there seem to be a lot of suggestions in New York and North Carolina.

How about some truly walkable towns, and not just "bars and restaurants and antique stores" that most people think of when they talk about their wonderful main street. Walking to a grocery store would be heaven. Please put your thinking caps on and come up with some good towns. I know they must be out there.
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:50 PM
 
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Auburn NY, a small city of about 30,000 known for having a prison(has/had first electric chair in country), has a walkable Downtown with a Wegmans(arguably the best grocery chain and one of the best companies to work for in the country), the Auburn Public Theater, the Schweinfurth Art Center, some bars/restaurants, some stores/shops, etc. It also has the Seward Home and a new hotel.

In the outer portions of the city/area, you have the Harriet Tubman Home, minor league baseball at Falcon Park, Finger Lakes Drive In and the Merry Go Round professional theater in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, a Finger Lake.

There are annual festivals like Tomato Fest as well.

There is potential for increasing the arts scene, if this could get off of the ground: Developer plans $12 million restoration of Auburn's Schine Theater | syracuse.com
Schines Theater | Cayuga County Arts Council

There is some loft apartments in its Downtown as well: Logan Park Lofts | Maintenance Free Living | Auburn, NY

Anyway, some information: Auburn Downtown BID

Home - Auburn - History's Hometown (has a very interesting history, as its first non Native American settlers were Black and White: a Revolutionary War soldier, his daughter and 2 enslaved Africans whose surname is ironically Freeman(that family still lives in the area by the way)).

https://www.tourcayuga.com

For something more upscale 5 or so miles to the east: Home
Only because the last post mentioned it, this is the grocery store in the city's Downtown: https://www.wegmans.com/stores/auburn-ny.html
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9325...7i13312!8i6656

Public Theater: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9311...7i13312!8i6656

Schweinfurth Art Center: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9272...7i13312!8i6656

Seward Home: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9295...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

Tubman Home: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9113...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

Merry Go Round Theater: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9039...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

Falcon Park: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9412...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

There are also suggestions from IN, WI, MI, ID, OK, SC and FL in the thread as well.

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Old 12-18-2018, 07:01 AM
 
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I'm bumping this to the top in the hopes we can get some input from other parts of the US - there seem to be a lot of suggestions in New York and North Carolina.

How about some truly walkable towns, and not just "bars and restaurants and antique stores" that most people think of when they talk about their wonderful main street. Walking to a grocery store would be heaven. Please put your thinking caps on and come up with some good towns. I know they must be out there.
Lexington VA is a quaint small town with a bustling downtown and two colleges (Washington & Lee and VMI) that offers a nice walkable lifestyle with a downtown Kroger. https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7823...7i13312!8i6656

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island NE of Jacksonville offers a lot of amenities including walking distance access to groceries and more. https://www.google.com/maps/@30.6433...7i13312!8i6656

Bloomington IN is the home of Indiana University and has the quintessential small town feel with everything in walking distance from downtown neighborhoods. Check out the Prospect Hill neighborhood. https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1628...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:01 AM
 
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Cookeville, Tennessee, has a very walkable downtown with:My 86 year old mother lives in downtown Cookeville and walks for most of her errands. She walks to a bakery every morning for breakfast, walks to the library, walks to pay her cable/internet bill (gigabit internet), walks to her doctors' offices, walks to hear the symphony, walks to the post office, and walks to a hometown, non-chain supermarket. The only time she uses her car is literally when it's raining or to go to church 1.5 miles away from her house.

Cookeville also has a fixed-route bus network as well as door-to-door minibus service for $1 a ride.

There's a variety of housing options in downtown Cookeville including three historic districts as well as newer construction and condos. Here are samples of homes that have recently sold in downtown Cookeville:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4...?fullpage=true
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...?fullpage=true
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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Cookeville is a good pick, I also like Iowa City.

Being from NW Ohio, Ill also nominate Findley, OH, or Bowling Green, OH. Budget friendly, relatively walkable.

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Old 12-18-2018, 09:18 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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A few SC towns come to mind:

Aiken

https://www.visitaikensc.com/

Bluffton

Visit Bluffton, SC | Events, Activities, Dining, Shopping

Georgetown

https://www.historicgeorgetownsc.com/

Clemson

VISIT CLEMSON – Clemson Area Tourism

Sumter

https://trip101.com/article/best-things-to-do-sumter-sc
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Where I live is not really walkable if you want to go somewhere. You can walk to the horizon if you want but that's a moving target. Not much on the way...this is New Mexico, after all. I just got back from a ten-day trip to Los Angeles and San Diego and found them both to be surprisingly walkable and very easy to get around with public transportation if you want to walk someplace else than out your door. Not affordable, however.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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Brookline, MA

Somerville, MA

Milton, MA

Newton, MA

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Okay most Boston suburbs.
I don’t think they would be classified as being “affordable” though.
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