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Young adults must seek out what Paducah has to offer



In the "Young adults split on whether to stay in Paducah" article published Aug. 11, the primary complaint of young adults interviewed is "not enough to do." As a 25-year-old Paducah resident who has lived parts of my adult life in St. Louis, Detroit, and Boston, I challenge this assertion. Paducah has a vibrant local culture that awaits engagement.

Millenials tend to be deluded by social media. It's easy to get stuck inside browsing through endless photos of exciting things happening in other places. The perception created is that Paducah is comparatively boring. That couldn't be further from the truth.

It's not that there aren't exciting things happening in Paducah, it's that young adults aren't seeking them out. There's a midnight bike ride, art and music festivals, a performing arts center, a retro theater that plays indie films, and an expanding selection of bars and pubs. You might find all these things in big cities, but you're not going to find them so frequently within biking distance.

In addition to being comfortably urbanite, Paducah is surrounded by incredible outdoor experiences. In the city proper, there is the highly accessible Greenway Trail. Nearby there are the lakes themselves and the dozens of hiking trails at Land Between the Lakes. The adventurous soul can even travel to Southern Illinois, which is full of unique rock formations at state parks like Dixon Springs, Ferne Clyffe, and Garden of the Gods.

There is a lot to do in Paducah, but it must be sought out. This is true of any city. As citizens, we create our culture. A culture of absence, apathy, and disengagement will never be exciting. I challenge fellow young adults to get involved with Paducah. If there is something lacking, we will be the ones to create it.



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