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Old 02-01-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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I have passed through or by WRJ many times, by bus from Boston as a student, and as an adult for medical services at DHMC, but I have no sense of what the residential street layout is like. Are there sidewalks and some sort of downtown (banks, groceries, stores, restaurants)?

How do people get to Lebanon and West Lebanon, who cannot drive after dark?

Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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There are some sidewalks but walking after dark from WRJ to Lebanon seems dangerous to me simply because you'd have to cross the bridge which seems to be just friendly to cars...

People probably take a cab.

WRJ is quite big. There is downtown (old part of town) near the train station, the newer part near 5 (by McDonald's) and even parts north on 5 toward Norwich/Wilder.

There are sidewalks, but again, between construction and people driving, walking here is not easy.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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Thanks, GypsySoul22. I get enough hassle from the joggers, cyclists in the walking months, and the cars year-round in Winooski and Burlington. I have to be on the Vermont-side of the border, so it sounds like some major employers, though close by car, are out of reach for those who cannot drive at all times. I would also miss being able to walk around town.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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In general, in the Upper Valley, you'll find that the majority of working people don't live in the towns they work. (Your average Dartmouth College or DHMC employees can't afford to live within walking distance of these institutions.)

Unless you are working at one of the small number of stores or restaurants in WRJ, then you will need to drive or take the bus to get to your work.
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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I should add that this is generally the case for most small new england towns where commerce, jobs and housing are spread out over a wide area, a series of towns connected by secondary roads and rural highways, where you might live in 1 town, work in another, shop in another, and have friends you visit with in another. It's the reason this area is defined as the Upper Valley because it's really a whole bunch of different town but they all contribute to each other in a myriad of ways.
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