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concerned

Murfreesboro, TN

#1 Jul 3, 2012
Just curious. Why is livingston so dual? Iv lived here my whole life (25 years) and it just seems to keep going downhill. Where is all the fun at? Oh wait, its in the surrounding countys. Why cant livingston have movie theatres or bike and skate parks for the kids? What could it hurt? It would keep kids out of trouble and possible create a few jobs and make livingston a more desirable place to live and actually give livingston a chance to grow.
Grew up here

United States

#2 Jul 3, 2012
That is such a good question. I grew up here & i guarantee if there would have had sumthing for kids to do my friends & everybody close to our age was out riding back roads or hollow or a house to go to and drinking & doing drugs every weekend or anytime we had free time. I think they definitely need sumthing for kids and adults to do around here. Maybe everyone wouldnt be such busy bodies and we could have a little fun around here
You wanna know

United States

#3 Jul 3, 2012
There have been people who have tried to do things, concerts, teen gatherings, events but do you know what always happens?

Either the places you can rent to do these things bends the people over the table and makes them pay hundreds of dollars.(Example - it takes 400 bucks to rent the Evins comm center now - and you can't charge entrance either to recoup your money)

Or.
The kids at the few events that have gone off have ruined them by not acting with any respect because their parents just treated the events like babysitters.

This town is a retirement community and a personal piggy band to the main families. It will not change.
welllll

Murfreesboro, TN

#4 Jul 5, 2012
having those things would only make the city more money....then they counld have a bigger piggggy bank.
welllll

Murfreesboro, TN

#5 Jul 5, 2012
^^^could^^^^
Ghost Town

Cookeville, TN

#6 Jul 5, 2012
Livingston is afraid of change. They are okay with remaining in The Dark Ages. No new stores or eating establishments are welcomed into the community, there is NOTHING to draw newcomers in, & the young people there who are fortunate enough to have ambitions to get out and do actually get out never want to come back because there is nothing for them. Do you see any young adults or families moving into Livingston? Not hardly...and who would want to? Livingston needs to renew itself and shoot to improve its decades old logic that it should stay 'small-town'. Small towns dry up and blow away, & Livingston is on the cusp of that NOW. It needs change, growth, youth, jobs. These people who plant their feet and refuse to help themselves and their community from moving forward and rally to keep things how they are & keep Livingston being the one-horse town that it is needs to wake up and smell the reality. Your sidewalks are rolling up before your very eyes...
distressed

Livingston, TN

#7 Jul 5, 2012
Ghost Town wrote:
Livingston is afraid of change. They are okay with remaining in The Dark Ages. No new stores or eating establishments are welcomed into the community, there is NOTHING to draw newcomers in, & the young people there who are fortunate enough to have ambitions to get out and do actually get out never want to come back because there is nothing for them. Do you see any young adults or families moving into Livingston? Not hardly...and who would want to? Livingston needs to renew itself and shoot to improve its decades old logic that it should stay 'small-town'. Small towns dry up and blow away, & Livingston is on the cusp of that NOW. It needs change, growth, youth, jobs. These people who plant their feet and refuse to help themselves and their community from moving forward and rally to keep things how they are & keep Livingston being the one-horse town that it is needs to wake up and smell the reality. Your sidewalks are rolling up before your very eyes...
I just moved my family to livingston about three years ago because we like livingston. Everyone thinks their town needs to grow and expand, but usually when it happens they miss the old ways. There is nothing wrong with a town being small and having small town ways. We moved to get away from Cookeville because it grew too much and people weren't friendly and nice anymore.I hope Livingston stays small and a nice, friendly place to raise my family.
midnite train

Cookeville, TN

#8 Jul 5, 2012
back in the 60s we had a bowling alley, drive in,movie theater,and roller rink and they were always packed. Now it cost so much for those things people can't afford it
roadwarrior

Gainesboro, TN

#9 Jul 5, 2012
Where in the world does the several millon dollar bridge across 111 go both ways, I drove all around and it looks like it stops before hwy 85 to the west and 42 to the east and what purpose will it serve. It seems like the state has wasted a lot of money on a road and bridge to nowhere kinda like the bridge to nowhere in Alaska.
I Tried

Livingston, TN

#10 Jul 5, 2012
When I first moved here several years back I tried to get a skate park here for the kids. I even had a friend that was willing to come here and pitch the idea to the mayor and had Skatewave ready to come and help design the park. The several kids that I talked to were even willing to help raise money towards the park by doing fundraisers and such. The mayor shot it down stating that the money wasn't there and the city/county couldn't afford insurance or some such BS. Now Cookeville has a skatepark and guess what? Livingston is left behind again.
tired

Livingston, TN

#11 Jul 5, 2012
we don't need a skate park! need people who are interested in getting children a proper education so they can "live" in the world not just "get by".the town of livingston did indeed one time flousish but those days are long gone.. just another small town dying a slow miserable death.. reason i'm still here too old, too broke to move young people future is your's good luck you will need it in this backward god forsaken place.
reality

Springfield, SC

#12 Jul 5, 2012
A skate park sounds great until someone's little darling breaks a leg and his parents who didn't know or care where he was sees dollar signs and decides to sue for a million dollars because the city was negligent in building such a dangerous structure for kids to get hurt on.
I Tried

Livingston, TN

#13 Jul 5, 2012
That was brought up also and that's where skate at your own risk comes in....and it means just that. There are was to do it and parents can not come back to the city for anything
Super Trooper

Monroe, TN

#14 Jul 5, 2012
If there is nothing for the kids in this town to do they will find something and lots find drugs. I can't understand why we don't have anything at all for them. I do know that a few churches do things for kids but there needs to be more.Don't get me wrong I don't care anything about it turning into a town like Cookeville but just something for the kids to do. I don't have kids. I think there is money to be made. Kids go to Cookeville and spend money and adults to.
Last night the First Baptist Church had fireworks for anyone that wanted to come. I bet there was over 1,000 people there. That says families need something to do.It was great seeing families together having fun.It's just sad that we have nothing at all. Oh I forgot they do have something to do they have the ballpark that almighty ballpark
well worth the price

Jamestown, TN

#15 Jul 5, 2012
roadwarrior wrote:
Where in the world does the several millon dollar bridge across 111 go both ways, I drove all around and it looks like it stops before hwy 85 to the west and 42 to the east and what purpose will it serve. It seems like the state has wasted a lot of money on a road and bridge to nowhere kinda like the bridge to nowhere in Alaska.
You're kidding right? Don't you know that the road the bridge is on connects the Hilham and Monterey highways? This will save someone traveling that road around 2 minutes of travel time! As often as people travel from Hilham to Monterey, I would say that is well worth the $50 million or so they are spending on it, wouldn't you?
ol woman

Livingston, TN

#16 Jul 6, 2012
well worth the price wrote:
<quoted text>
You're kidding right? Don't you know that the road the bridge is on connects the Hilham and Monterey highways? This will save someone traveling that road around 2 minutes of travel time! As often as people travel from Hilham to Monterey, I would say that is well worth the $50 million or so they are spending on it, wouldn't you?
lol
distressed

Livingston, TN

#17 Jul 6, 2012
tired wrote:
we don't need a skate park! need people who are interested in getting children a proper education so they can "live" in the world not just "get by".the town of livingston did indeed one time flousish but those days are long gone.. just another small town dying a slow miserable death.. reason i'm still here too old, too broke to move young people future is your's good luck you will need it in this backward god forsaken place.
If you hate it that bad, I will pitch in the money for your moving van and gas.
Guest

Livingston, TN

#19 Jul 6, 2012
I Tried wrote:
When I first moved here several years back I tried to get a skate park here for the kids. I even had a friend that was willing to come here and pitch the idea to the mayor and had Skatewave ready to come and help design the park. The several kids that I talked to were even willing to help raise money towards the park by doing fundraisers and such. The mayor shot it down stating that the money wasn't there and the city/county couldn't afford insurance or some such BS. Now Cookeville has a skatepark and guess what? Livingston is left behind again.
Why are you waiting for government? If you want it, do it yourself. Raise the money, build it, run it.

People want the government to pay for everything and do everything based on what *they* want. You want everyone (per taxes) to pay for your project because *you* think it is a good thing.

If you want it, do it.
Dual

Cookeville, TN

#20 Jul 6, 2012
concerned wrote:
Just curious. Why is livingston so dual? Iv lived here my whole life (25 years) and it just seems to keep going downhill. Where is all the fun at? Oh wait, its in the surrounding countys. Why cant livingston have movie theatres or bike and skate parks for the kids? What could it hurt? It would keep kids out of trouble and possible create a few jobs and make livingston a more desirable place to live and actually give livingston a chance to grow.
Wow! You mean there are two of them? Really? Cool Dude!
Laurie

Cookeville, TN

#21 Jul 6, 2012
tired wrote:
we don't need a skate park! need people who are interested in getting children a proper education so they can "live" in the world not just "get by".the town of livingston did indeed one time flousish but those days are long gone.. just another small town dying a slow miserable death.. reason i'm still here too old, too broke to move young people future is your's good luck you will need it in this backward god forsaken place.
You are right. Football seems to be the most important goal and not a solid education. And since there is nothing to offer the kids around here to do, they turn to other things that only get them into trouble. Livingston has nothing to get people to come in and nothing that would make them want to stay. They preach about not wanting Wal Mart to come in due to the competition, but when you drive though ANY area WalMart, half the cars are from Overton county! And trust me, if WalMart really wanted to come into ANY town, they could and would. Overton Co probably looses around $2-3 mill a year to Putnam Co because there is no place to buy a suit, good pair of dress shoes or career wear. All the $$ goes 20 minutes up 111. Livingston needs to encourage youth, change, and growth because it CAN be done without compromising it's small town-ness. Get your head out of the sand & provide for the residents and kids of this dusty old little town! Otherwise, you guys are watching this town circle the drain.

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