Supporting small business downtown is a very real way to support your local community. Downtown businesses are locals, like us.
I love walking through downtown when the sun finally comes out. You can get a great organic meal at one place, yummy sushi nearby, and awesome beer. Not to mention the Criterion has fabulous shows.
I'm visiting for the first time next week and I'm considering relocating to Ashland. I've heard so many great things about it!