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Old 06-16-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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We like to walk to stores, libraries, etc or ride bikes. Do these places have a still lively downtown area or maybe a particular neighborhood like that? It seems a lot of smaller downtowns no longer have post office, library or hardware, small grocers, etc. lIf they do, is it safe enough to live in town itself?
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:30 PM
 
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We like to walk to stores, libraries, etc or ride bikes. Do these places have a still lively downtown area or maybe a particular neighborhood like that? It seems a lot of smaller downtowns no longer have post office, library or hardware, small grocers, etc. lIf they do, is it safe enough to live in town itself?
No, their respective downtowns are pretty dead. What are you looking for?
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Cecilia, Ky
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We like to walk to stores, libraries, etc or ride bikes. Do these places have a still lively downtown area or maybe a particular neighborhood like that? It seems a lot of smaller downtowns no longer have post office, library or hardware, small grocers, etc. lIf they do, is it safe enough to live in town itself?
Unfortunately Elizabethtown's "downtown" area is deader than a doornail. Nothing there except the Judicial Center and some county government office buildings (and the county would like to move). The post office, library, hardware, small grocerers and other small businesses moved away long ago. Even worse, city government doesn't care. They occasionally talk about the problem, but no action.

This doesn't mean that Elizabethtown isn't a desirable place to live. It is, but don't count on a meaningful downtown experience. You will be disappointed.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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I was hoping my older children would be able to have a little independence getting around so I can quit playing chauffer. Library especially since they go often but it would be nice if they could pick up things at a small grocery or drug store too. Even if it was too busy traffic wise for bikes, they used to walk a mile or so to get places. And all of us like just walking around town for fun..and goodies. Here they show outside movies against a building wall in the summers and have a few festivals, etc in town for the foot traffic which helps keep the downtown businesses there.

I know it's getting harder to find that kind of thing in a town or small city these days. We don't need the club/bar scene but do enjoy the community events. Even a neighborhood in a slightly bigger city could work, if you have an idea which area to check out.

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Discover Downtown LaGrange .org ... Visit LaGrange Kentucky ... Just minutes from Louisville There is a bit of an issue with the grocery, but a beautiful new LEED library, community events galore, crime is low, children are safe, and best schools in state.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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We like to walk to stores, libraries, etc or ride bikes. Do these places have a still lively downtown area or maybe a particular neighborhood like that? It seems a lot of smaller downtowns no longer have post office, library or hardware, small grocers, etc. lIf they do, is it safe enough to live in town itself?
What about Bardstown? It is in the same general area. There are numerous little shops and stuff downtown. I know there is a pharmacy downtown, the library and post office are just off the courthouse square. It is one of the few small towns in KY that seems to put a high value on the downtown area.

Bardstown Mainstreet (http://www.bardstownmainstreet.com/mainstreetmap.htm - broken link)
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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I second the posts on bardstown and lagrange. These are subtsantially better and more walkable downtowns.

That said....have you considered Louisville? Yes, it is a mid sized to large city, but it has the areas with a small town, main street feel unlike almost anywhere you will find in KY, and is one of the only real walkable cities in the state.

Frankfort Avenue Business Association (http://www.frankfortave.com/home/index.php - broken link)
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Elizabethtown, KY
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The main branch of the Hardin County Library is not "walkable" from E-town. You'd have to cross the by-pass at the light on St John's road and I don't think there's even a side walk there.
Here's a Google Map that shows the street view :
Elizabethtown, KY
Link: <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Elizabethtown,+KY&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&f=q&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.875,57.630033&ll=37.698559,-85.886317&spn=0.004304,0.010986&z=17&layer=c&cbll= 37.698519,-85.88642&panoid=E8ZKWBPfeLxbgxh8recbDg&cbp=12,125. 37,,0,3.68>
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions of La Grange and Bardstown, they seemed like they might work better for our family. Elizabethtown sounded so nice, I'm not sure I want to continue to do all the driving though. I'll have to read more here on the boards to find out more about Louisville neighborhoods, its been a long time since I've lived in a bigger city. I'd guess houses are more expensive there but maybe there are some choices in our budget.
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