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!