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Old 03-04-2017, 05:18 PM
 
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Greeneville TN has a little grocery store on the outskirts of downtown. Plus a wonderful performing arts center, and a historic hotel turned conference center. Greeneville has great "bones" in terms of architecture but not a lot going on. There is a beautiful new community college campus being built right downtown so maybe that will change.

The arts center is a result of philanthropy - not a local demand for culture. I doubt it makes money but it can draw people in from Jonesboro, Johnson city and maybe Knoxville.
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Old 03-04-2017, 05:31 PM
 
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I think Fayetteville, Arkansas is also a good choice.
A 1000+ sf house in an area that's not overrun by students, is within walking distance of Fayetteville's vibrant downtown, and is under $200k is not likely to happen.
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Old 03-04-2017, 05:48 PM
 
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I agree with Greenville, SC. They have done a beautiful job with the downtown and you are at a little higher elevation so it is not as oppressive as some other places. It is being "discovered", though, so prices may have gone up.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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IMHO, this whole walkability craze is fine for millennials but as we age it seems to be unrealistic. I live in what would be considered very walkable/close to stores but I never see anyone walking to them...yes, they go for walks around the neighborhood but nobody's hauling groceries home! I understand the yearning to be less car dependant as we age, but I'd focus on whether an area has good mass transit and senior transportation services instead, which unfortunately aren't great in a lot of areas either.
If I can no longer walk to the grocery store (knock on wood), I can have my groceries delivered. I know the local pharmacy delivers and I'd bet my local hardware store would send someone out to my home to deliver a purchase as well. I can't think of anything that would require me to use mass transit. Perhaps I'd call a taxi if I were too ill to make it to the urgent care center down the street or to the hospital that's about 1 mile away.
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Old 03-04-2017, 07:14 PM
 
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For grocery shopping to carry groceries home, no need to 'lug' them:

Shopping Carts - Mobility - *The Home Depot

For certain parts of my life, for groceries, I used a very large back pack along with a cross-body satchel, with the majority of groceries carried on my back with the very large back pack.

For another part of my life, I used a rolling wire cart like at the link above. Which is what I now use for laundry these days.

I've had my groceries delivered for the current and past 11 years.

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Old 03-04-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Greeneville TN has a little grocery store on the outskirts of downtown. Plus a wonderful performing arts center, and a historic hotel turned conference center. Greeneville has great "bones" in terms of architecture but not a lot going on. There is a beautiful new community college campus being built right downtown so maybe that will change.

The arts center is a result of philanthropy - not a local demand for culture. I doubt it makes money but it can draw people in from Jonesboro, Johnson city and maybe Knoxville.
East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, is about to begin construction on a performing arts center so that is something to consider. Downtown is undergoing a major renaissance and housing is still affordable so it's worth checking out.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Greeneville TN has a little grocery store on the outskirts of downtown. Plus a wonderful performing arts center, and a historic hotel turned conference center. Greeneville has great "bones" in terms of architecture but not a lot going on. There is a beautiful new community college campus being built right downtown so maybe that will change.

The arts center is a result of philanthropy - not a local demand for culture. I doubt it makes money but it can draw people in from Jonesboro, Johnson city and maybe Knoxville.
Greeneville is too small and too isolated for me to recommend it to anyone but those wanting a rural lifestyle. It is the nicest town in its immediate area, but that's not saying much.
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Old 03-05-2017, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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I lived in Cleveland TN for a little while and it's not walkable.
My city of Decatur AL might fit the bill if you lived downtown.
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Old 03-05-2017, 03:56 AM
 
Location: Western Asia
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A 1000+ sf house in an area that's not overrun by students, is within walking distance of Fayetteville's vibrant downtown, and is under $200k is not likely to happen.
Might have to make some compromises. The average house price in Fayetteville is $181 K (super low compared to where I'm from(Seattle)) with a median list price of $116/sq ft. So maybe OP might have to compromise a bit but still seems doable.
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Old 03-05-2017, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Western Asia
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OP wants a walkable city in the South? And he's not a Southerner?

I'd recommend a weekend in New Orleans this August. It's walkable, and lots of people live downtown, too!
But he ain't gonna believe how bad he looks after walking 2 miles in August in New Orleans!

Crime? Phooey! Ain't nobody ever bothered me.
haha. I grew up in the Big Easy and yes it is a sweat box. As others have mentioned, Greenville, SC has some elevation and after living there a few years, it's not as bad as lower elevation South and just has a great vibe. About New Orleans crime, yeah I have relatives living there that never had an incident of crime but the numbers still are bad, just reality.
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