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Old 02-11-2020, 04:43 PM
 
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I agree with others that eastern Kentucky is really missing the boat on capitalising on their natural wonders and tourism. You can add tourist areas without destroying the natural beauty of the region but also improving the economy along the way. The coal industry likely isn't coming back so in order to stimulate the economy other methods of boosting the economy need to take place. Question is, does the state of Kentucky (ie. the government) care about improving the rural areas or only looking to grow their major urban centers and suburbs?
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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I think the people who really run this state like it just fine exactly as it is.
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Old 02-16-2020, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExjhwM25hho

I ran across this fellows videos (he has several) a few days ago, he seems to be familiar with the area. The videos are interesting to me because I am familiar with most of the area as well. I haven't watched all of what he has but, I probably will in time. Just passing along to those that might be interested in maybe learning something new.

And, no I don't know him.



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Old 02-18-2020, 09:45 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I think the people who really run this state like it just fine exactly as it is.
Yea, this is the notion I get with large areas of Kentucky, on the whole. Mostly older money and generations tend to run the state, and status-quo is good to go.

I grew up visiting southeastern Kentucky regularly, as a kid and a teenager. My mom is from the region originally, and I still have several relatives in Corbin, Barboursville and now Lexington.

The region has some beautiful countryside, but I always felt folks there were super,super proud of the region and thought it was the best place in the world to live. Even my mom has said people there "are blind to other areas." It can feel closed in a bit in that southeastern KY region. Not only geographically closed in by the tight mountains, but the attitudes there are "this is just fine."

Lots of potential, but the vision is very narrow, I feel like.
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Old 02-26-2020, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JClqBiBEshg

Enjoy...
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Old 02-27-2020, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WEoTBN0a-0
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:38 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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EKY receives many millions of visitors but due to lack of tourist infrastructure fewer than expected jobs result. That Indiana can turn French Lick into a "scenic resort" but the area near Red River Gorge barely has a single motel or restaurant is stunning. I seriously think state leaders limit growth to maintain power.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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EKY receives many millions of visitors but due to lack of tourist infrastructure fewer than expected jobs result. That Indiana can turn French Lick into a "scenic resort" but the area near Red River Gorge barely has a single motel or restaurant is stunning. I seriously think state leaders limit growth to maintain power.
https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/To...563317011.html

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Re...567501051.html

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Co...567079741.html

I certainly agree Mr data. Like someone else said. "I think the people who really run this state like it just fine exactly as it is". I'm hoping for another "Carpetbagger" to come onto the scene, it's obvious the good old boys from around here don't have any interest.


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Old 02-29-2020, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3sDMsiWYMk
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Old 06-13-2020, 03:06 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

This is my first post on this thread. Not from Kentucky, but always interested in learning about new areas.

A little while ago I came across the following article about Eastern Kentucky:
Falling Behind in Kentucky

I thought it would be interesting to hear the perspective of people who actually live in EK or know the area well.

Here's a question: how prevalent is the kind of poverty described in the article - is this the norm, a significant minority, a small minority or a rarity?
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