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Hello all-<br><br>
My husband is looking into several possible career opportunities, one of which might land us in Louisville-- so we're trying to find out as much as we can to help us decide what town would best suit our family. I stay home with our 15-month old daughter, so I'm particularly interested in what sorts of things she and I could do together. I'm fairly involved in our local LLL- are there any other AP-minded groups in the area? I also really like the idea of living in an area where she and I could walk to shops, grocery, parks-- my concerm about living in a larger city (we're now in a college town of about 70,000) is that perhaps the areas that would be conveniant for minimal car-living might be less safe to live in. Do you know of families living downtown in Lousville, or is it mainly a single crowd? Are there particular areas that you'd recommend? I'd also really like to know about what sort of social scene there is for a family with fairly liberal politics and a humanist philosophy (I add the last because I feel like so many people are able to meet like-minded folks through church and that just isn't an option for us)<br><br>
Any thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated!!<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I think Louisville will meet your needs. There are more and mroe families moving downtown. But I think the Crescent Hill/Clifton neighborhood would better suit your needs. Within walking/biking distance is a UU, a library, lots of galleries and local shops and restuarants, a park, a resevoir that is a cool place for a stroll, a swimming pool, and a public golf course. It's also on the busline.<br><br>
The Zoo and the Science Center are two places you'll want memberships, and they offer a joint membership. There's the Speed Museum, which is really great and it has an Children's section. There are several LLLI chapters.<br><br>
Another fun family activity is the trolley hop. On the first friday of the month, the trollies make stops throughout downtown to galleries and restaurants, on the last Friday the trollies make stops along Frankfort Ave (the main drag in Crescent Hill/Clifton). It's free and so much fun.
 

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You might also consider the Highlands, the main drag is Bardstown Rd. It is very walkable and on the <a href="http://ridetarc.org" target="_blank">bus line</a>. We used to live on Bonnycastle Ave. and I sooooo miss the neighbohood! Downtown is really coming ointo its own as a place to live, too. There are two yahoo groups I am aware of: louisvilleap and kentuckianaap. There is also the <a href="http://www.birthcarenetwork.com/" target="_blank">Birth Care Network</a> which has a New Moms Support Group which meets monthly. Definately check out the parks! <a href="http://www.louisvillewaterfront.com/" target="_blank">Waterfront Park</a> is really cool, as is Cherokee and the other <a href="http://www.olmstedparks.org/" target="_blank">Olmstead Conservancy Parks</a>
 

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Jeffersonville In is just across the bridge and is really sweet especially downtown Jeff. And the prices of the homes are much cheaper.(property taxes are also less expensive) From downtown Jeff you are just minutes from Louisville and their are lots of nice shops within walking distance. Good Luck and I would defiantly not rule out living in Indiana and working in Louisville.<br><br>
Lisa
 
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