Here they have NIMHY rather than NIMBY — “Not in my horse’s yard.” And so the city is ringed by (protected) horse farms and the suburbs are further out. This makes the downtown core denser and more coherent than you might expect, to the benefit of the visitor but perhaps not the resident?
I was struck by how much everyone complains about “the traffic.”
You may recall that Lexington was the setting for Queen’s Gambit.
Overall I would be “long” the city. Downtown has a music and theater scene, albeit on a modest scale. There is a university and a basketball team (Anthony Davis, Rex Chapman, and John Wall, among many others) and lots of health care. And lots of bourbon.
I had an excellent meal in a Peruvian restaurant, saw a plausible Honduran restaurant and also a “West Indies” chicken restaurant under construction. The local steak house was very good, and they offer a $160 wagyu cut, not my order however.
Downtown has more historical plaques than are needed, and they can’t even fit the event descriptions on a single side of the plaque. By the end of the double-sided exposition, you are not sure what they are talking about.
As is common in the Appalachian and near-Appalachian regions, the quality difference between pre-WWII and post-WWII buildings is enormous, even larger than usual.
How many people could, off the top of their heads, name the third largest city in Kentucky? Overall, Louisville is larger and more charming, but Lexington arguably is less Midwest and “more Kentucky.”
Maybe it was just coincidence, but I sure saw and heard a lot of ambulances whizzing by.