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Heroic "Code Blue" efforts have been made to "revive the downtown" in Carlisle for as long as I can remember: at least 25 years.
Here is where things stand now: the downtown features a good bookstore, (too) many restaurants, and a few specialty shops (fashion, antiques, gifts).
But you can't shop downtown for practical things. The stationery store where you could jump in for one pen and the hardware store where you could grab a drill bit are gone for instance. The place where I got my passport and visa photos is closed. No wonder I am so impressed when I visit bustling markets during my travels.
Ironically, the two "malls" on the outskirts of town have "revived" considerably. They were hilariously decrepit a while ago, but now we have Walmart, Panera Bread, Staples AND Office Max, Lowe's AND Home Depot, and so on.
Updated Sep 22, 2007