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Day Trip: Small-Town "Pride"

“There is a perceived novelty in what we do, given our rural community nestled in the Heartland,” says Jonathan Balash, president and director of Spencer Pride. “People hear about small towns being small-minded, but that’s a big misconception.”

Greenfield
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Our Most Livable Small Towns: Greenfield

Slowly and steadily, the Hancock County center is coming into its own—without losing its rural character.

Lebanon
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Our Most Livable Small Towns: Lebanon

A lot of city people think it’s farther than Timbuktu, but 20 years ago they’d have said the same thing about Zionsville: ‘Where?’” You can get from the store to Victory Field seats in 30 minutes flat.

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Phil Gulley on Small Town Living

There are many things a small town has to offer: friendships, a casual pace not often found in the city, and a feeling of well-being and security no lock can provide. But if you’re looking for privacy, you’re better off in the city, where you can live next door to someone for a dozen years without ever learning their names or knowing anything about them.

Pendleton
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Our Most Livable Small Towns: Pendleton

A surprisingly sweet Main Street makes this town past Geist a best-kept secret.

Franklin
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Our Most Livable Small Towns: Franklin

With a revitalized courthouse square, the Johnson County seat has emerged from Greenwood’s suburban shadow.

Hummel Park in Plainfield
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Bonus: Small Towns Gallery

An unfiltered look at Central Indiana’s most livable small towns.

Plainfield
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Our Most Livable Small Towns: Plainfield

With more than 20 miles of trails, Plainfield is one of the area’s most connected communities.

July 2016 Cover
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Editor’s Note, July 2016: The Beauty of a Small Town

Here, small towns flourish close enough that you can drive in to Indianapolis for work or dinner, all while maintaining their autonomy and singular charms.

At Home with Ernie Pyle
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‘At Home with Ernie Pyle’: An Excerpt

Compiling his writings about the state for the first time, a new book reveals just how important those Hoosier ties were to Pyle.

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