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Old 09-28-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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Downtown Portland, Oregon.
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Old 09-28-2019, 03:59 PM
 
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"I lived in a town of about 40,000 for 35 years and it had a quaint and restored downtown of about 3-4 blocks. The commercial buildings were mixed-use with lofts on the second floor over stores or offices. It was not a super busy place but it was always active and very walkable with sidewalk cafes and shops along the shaded sidewalks. I could see taking a loft apartment in that situation."

Would you mind telling me where this was?
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Old 09-28-2019, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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Love Saratoga Springs: lovely busy in the summer, more quiet in winter with a lot of activities and a convenient trolley and buses! College town!
Just get a good LLBean clothing and slip resistant boots for winter!
Itís a special place, for sure. I lived there for a few years, but had to get closer to work and family about a half hour south, down 87. Tried to rep you but they wouldnít let me.
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:23 PM
 
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Providence, RI has these micro apartments in a renovated mall downtown.
https://www.businessinsider.com/amer...tments-2016-10
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:55 PM
 
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Washington DC is cheaper than NYC and a whole lot more livable.

Rhinebeck NY is a pretty town with a nice downtown. It has nice restaurants.

An independent film theatre https://upstatefilms.org/now-playing-in-rhinebeck.

Bard College in Red Hook has SummerScape https://fishercenter.bard.edu/spiegeltent/

Historic houses and events https://hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/ and Wilderstein Historic Site - Hudson Valley House Museum and https://www.olana.org/ and https://www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm andhttps://www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm

It has a good hospital (very important). It has an Amtrak station for trips to NYC or beyond. Lots of apple and fruit farms too.
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Would you mind telling me where this was?
Sure --- Jefferson City, MO (state capital). But i'm sure there are plenty of smallish towns going through a renaissance these days. Sometimes the local mall that threatened the downtown business district went belly up, or nearly so, and people returned to the old downtown areas and rehabbed the empty spaces.
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Old 09-29-2019, 12:24 AM
 
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I am retired and I have always had this vision of living in a very busy downtown loft, above a quiet store. I would like to give up driving and walk, or bike everywhere. NYC is out of the picture because it is too expensive, and crowded but I havent been to too many places where this is possible. Anyone know of something or somewhere that may be more of a reality? It is just me, no kids! It would be fun to walk to the stores or coffeeshops.
Yes, your vision is very rational and that is the way my beloved MIL lived. She lived right on the main drag of a small to medium sized city. She had everything just a short walk away and right above a retail shop. She loved it. I loved her a lot and always thought she was smart for planning her lifestyle dwelling in an environment where she felt most comfy and the basics were easily convenient.

Any place you go I believe you will find lofts/flats in a suitable area that will enliven and enrich your life. I applaud you for identifying in advance exactly what you envision for yourself. Let us know what you decide! I can't wait to start planning mine as well.
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Old 09-29-2019, 01:22 AM
 
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Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. But you have to handle winters...
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Old 09-29-2019, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Sure --- Jefferson City, MO (state capital). But i'm sure there are plenty of smallish towns going through a renaissance these days. Sometimes the local mall that threatened the downtown business district went belly up, or nearly so, and people returned to the old downtown areas and rehabbed the empty spaces.



At least three of the malls in area I am in were welcome when they started. And then came along a person who decided he wanted to be King. So he built a huge mall, was given huge tax breaks, said it would be good for the economy, eventually caused the closing of at least three smaller malls that were in neighborhood areas (north, east, west) that were wonderful for those of us who lived in one of the neighborhood areas. For me, and many of the people I know, refuse to go to the "Taj Mahal" to shop for more than a few reasons. One being crime, especially after dark.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:59 PM
 
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I am retired and I have always had this vision of living in a very busy downtown loft, above a quiet store. I would like to give up driving and walk, or bike everywhere. NYC is out of the picture because it is too expensive, and crowded but I havent been to too many places where this is possible. Anyone know of something or somewhere that may be more of a reality? It is just me, no kids! It would be fun to walk to the stores or coffeeshops.
San Antonio Texas

My cousin and her husband and another friend finally made the leap and moved to the down town area.

They love it.
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