Scripted unscripted reality not-exactly-reality!! The mind reels. LOL
i was really down on HT for awhile but feel like I’m back. Like someone said upthread, it’s good to see small-town downtowns making comebacks and HT probably is spurring some folks to action.
Where I live, there’s a downtown renaissance in a former standalone city which has become an exurb of the sprawling metropolitan area. I haven’t visited Laurel so can’t compare yet, but I just enjoyed a “taste of” night where we restaurant-crawled from one cafe to another, and shops stayed open late to let people get acquainted with what they sell or provide
There’s a similar city-now-suburb closer in, where the downtown has never really been deserted, and it’s really diversifying now. I try to buy what I can (usually gifts) from stores in those areas. I’m old enough to well remember life before Walmart and enjoy the personal nature of doing business with *neighbors* from clerk to store owner, again. I value it, too. Funny that as a kid, I took “downtown” and “local ownership” for granted.