Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In My Mind I'm Going to Carolina...

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 6:46 AM

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It's a balmy Friday evening in downtown Asheville, N.C. Families, couples and sandal-shod singles cruise the festive sidewalks of Pack Square. The wait at Salsas Caribbean restaurant is half-an-hour. The noodle bar a few doors down is packed to the gills with people slurping soba at the patio tables. A half-dozen eateries within strolling distance have waits, and hopeful diners are killing time window-shopping on the gallery trail or watching a gregarious street performer wrestle balloons into the forms of bicycles and monkeys....

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It's a warm Saturday evening in Chapel Hill, N.C. The spanking-clean sidewalks of Southern Village--the New Urbanist community on the fringe of the UNC campus--buzz with Tarheels, university professors, neighborhood tweens and families with little kids. As the sun sets, the casual crowd migrates from the pizza restaurant and ice cream store onto blankets on the central lawn. A live band fills the minutes until the feature film goes up on the outdoor movie screen....

It's a weekend night in Nashville. You're back from your jaunt through North Carolina, and you want to park your car and stroll a while, grab something to eat and get a little low-cost family-friendly entertainment. Where can you go?

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