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  • Oct 28, 2017
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Downtown Johnson City is ALIVE and WELL (and fun!)

From being known as “Little Chicago” to being a thriving railroad town and an active shopping destination, downtown changed after The Mall opened in north Johnson City followed by “restaurant row” and a multi-screened theatre.

Because of the efforts of those who believed in Johnson City’s future downtown is now “the place to be.”

Uncovering a meandering creek that formerly flooded downtown, and making it the center of a park with trails, art and a venue for performances was the beginning of excitement for a revived downtown.

Today, fine and casual restaurants, food trucks, breweries, an art gallery, a classic coffee shop, First Friday events, and multiple festivals offering events for all the family make the once dreary downtown an exciting place!

Ride your own bike, or rent one to enjoy downtown. Or, rent a segway! Bring your dog on a leash to enjoy time with you.

At the edge of downtown are two outstanding opportunities. A new community center includes pools, meeting rooms, exercise space, classes, and a senior center. The Tweetsie Trail, a biking/walking trail that follows the Tweetsie Railroad bed from Johnson City to Elizabethton is great for all ages!

Johnson City Public Library and several churches add to downtown, as well. A sidewalk connects East Tennessee State University to downtown.

I’m told there is more to come! Come explore and enjoy!

Author: Marilyn Robertson

My first career was teaching choral music. Though I spent 30 years in the classroom, I never lost interest in housing and decorating/design. I had started drawing floor plans when in junior high school. The years that I spent in the 4 H Club room improvement project through high school kept the interest alive. My first job was in sales. I found that helping a person find that perfect purchase was rewarding to me. After I started teaching I sometimes worked in sales during the summer. I REALLY wanted a career in real estate-helping clients with the biggest transaction ever, whether they were a seller or a buyer. The year our son started college, I became a REALTOR. While I still am involved in music activities in the community, the 30+ years that I've spent in real estate have been the most fulfilling of my life. Involvement with buyers and sellers and being active in professional organizations have kept me current and successful. I welcome the opportunity to assist you when its time to buy or sell!