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Old 05-09-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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Default Yellow Springs?

I was wondering how is Yellow Springs? What's it like?
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: (Greene)est County in Ohio
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Yellow Springs has seen better days. With the undergradutate portion of Antioch now closed, the city's shops and stores must make their money through the day trippers that come out to see the town. Antioch's closure, however, doesn't mean the town is dead by any means. People still stop in to experience this liberal haven in conservative Central and Southwest Ohio. That and there is a major rail-to-trail path that runs through the town. The trail starts in Springfield and runs all the way to Milford, OH, near Cincinnati. There are several branches off the path along the way.

As for what it is like, I kind of eluded to that answer by saying Yellow Springs is a liberal village in the middle of conservative Greene County. It has numerous little and funky shops that are fun to visit. I also recommend checking out the numerous nature preserves and parks that surround the town. This includes John Bryant State Park, Clifton Gorge, and Glen Helen Preserve. If you are in Yellow Springs, don't miss the chance to go to Young's Dairy Farm, especially if you have children. The place makes their own ice cream and is a working farm, so kids can see the animals.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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Good summary. We went up there last week on a weekday evening for dinner at the Trails Tavern and to take a walk around Glen Helen. Deadsville, commercially speaking and in terms of foot traffic.

Adding to wrightflyer's excellent summary, housing seems quite expensive there compared to similar villages in Greene and Clarke counties. You definitely pay a premium to live there.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:06 AM
 
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Berkeley.

Also, they plan on re-opening Antioch in 2012, and even if they don't, some other college will probably buy it (such as Mt. Vernon Nazerene University). It's a great, all-american liberal (actually, radical would be a better word to use) town that just happened to host a top liberal arts college. Enjoy!
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:43 AM
 
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Re: radical liberalism. A great historic footnote about Antioch is that this is the school that back in the mid 90s promulgated the infamous "consensual sexual relations" rules for students where (in theory) the man has to ask the woman's permission at every single conceivable (har har) escalation of contact. "Can I kiss you?"... "can I put my hand here?"... "how about here?" For a few days Antioch was in the gunsites of every late night comedian, as well as SNL.

Also, Rod Serling (Twilight Zone creator) went to college here and tended bar at the Trails Tavern.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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It is also widely Known that comedian Dave Chapelle has a farm house in Greene County and grew up part of his life in Yellow Springs. He even jokes about it in a few interviews getting pizza from
Dave Chappelle top bidder for Yellow Springs shopping area (http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/dave-chappelle-top-bidder-for-yellow-springs-shopping-area--635019.html - broken link)
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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You see a lot of hippies (e.g. White people with dreadlocks). You also see in inordinate number of biracial children running around.

Some of the older people aren't as liberal as the younger ones (though they are still relatively liberal). For instances, you will have a farmer and his wife and they will be stone-cold atheists, practically to the point of being Wiccans. Don't misconstrue liberalism with racial tolerance, however. Although there is a visible, well-behaved Black minority (like 15% of the population), the White people can still be pretty funning acting if you ask me. I think the public schools are pretty good. All in all, it is a hell of a lot better than living anywhere else in rural Ohio with the possible exception of Urbana.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Clifton Heights, Cincinnati
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You see a lot of hippies (e.g. White people with dreadlocks). You also see in inordinate number of biracial children running around.

Some of the older people aren't as liberal as the younger ones (though they are still relatively liberal). For instances, you will have a farmer and his wife and they will be stone-cold atheists, practically to the point of being Wiccans. Don't misconstrue liberalism with racial tolerance, however. Although there is a visible, well-behaved Black minority (like 15% of the population), the White people can still be pretty funning acting if you ask me. I think the public schools are pretty good. All in all, it is a hell of a lot better than living anywhere else in rural Ohio with the possible exception of Urbana.

Uh...atheism does not equal wicca. They are two entirely separate things.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Don't ask me, because I've I only been there for ice cream after going to nearby John Bryan State Park.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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All in all, it is a hell of a lot better than living anywhere else in rural Ohio with the possible exception of Urbana.
Do you know something about urbana that i don't? I always cast it the same as the two bajillion other small towns in the state.
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