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Old 01-12-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Who has current knowledge of Carlisle and the area? I am planning to move there and would love to hear your take on it.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Carlisle IMO is one of the nicest-looking towns in central Pennsylvania. It has Dickinson College, a small, private, liberal arts school, and the college is only about 3 blocks west of the center of Carlisle, something I consider a plus. Carlisle is also the county seat for Cumberland County, so it has a few local government-oriented jobs (though nowhere near as many as nearby Harrisburg). From the time I've spent in Carlisle (I don't live there but travel through there on a semi-regular basis), there are a number of nice, walkable neighborhoods, though not all of them have small-scale commercial development in the immediate vicinity. Harrisburg is about 20 miles east, and is the hub of the region. Larger cities, such as Baltimore (probably about 1 1/2 to 2 hours away), Washington (2 hours), and Philadelphia (2 hours) aren't that far away either. If you are more into suburban shopping, Carlisle has a couple strip malls, but the bigger shopping in Cumberland County is about 10-15 miles to the east, on Harrisburg's "West Shore".

EDIT: I forgot to mention above one of the things people living in the Carlisle area would probably consider a major negative is the high amount of truck traffic on Interstate 81 and the PA Turnpike (Interstate 76). Both of those routes are major routes to the East Coast (to New York via I-78 in I-81's case) and the greater Harrisburg area has a lot of key routes passing through in general. Related to that, there is a lot of warehouse development about 2-3 miles west of downtown Carlisle.

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Old 01-23-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Penna
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Has some of the lousiest drivers in the USA. Walking is faster if you live down town.
Otherwise it's a very nice place.
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:55 PM
 
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I grew up there, go back regularly. Beautiful small town, good schools and more "culture" and diversity than normally found in small towns due to the offerings and influence of Dickinson, the law school and the Army War college. Crime is fairly low, it has a brand new hospital and some cute shopping and decent restaurants.

Traffic on 81 and the Turnpike is rotten, but you have plenty of back road alternate routes as alternatives. Carlisle can be sort of unfriendly and cliquish, I guess in a colloquial small town way.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:34 AM
 
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are there any malls and/or target/walmart type stores in carlise? if so, where are they located?
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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There is a Wal-Mart on the south side of Carlisle, a Target just east of Carlisle, and a K-Mart a little southwest of Carlisle. In addition, all of those stores (plus many others) are located 10-15 miles east of Carlisle on the Harrisburg West Shore.
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Old 02-11-2008, 05:09 AM
 
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Kohl's moved in with the Target at the strip mall. There is a somewhat bedraggled enclosed mall with a small Bon-Ton and there are some boutique-type stores, and still Dutrey's shoes which sells better shoes.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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hi im also planning on buying a home in carlisle, i have lived in perry county pa all my life and arnt to upto date on carlisle. i have a one year old son and am curios how the crime is, i have heard stories but am curios to the truth.
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