I wandered the deserted streets of downtown Frankfort, Kentucky — my hometown — on Thanksgiving morning. It was an absurdly gorgeous day. I wore a light jacket when I left the house but ended up carrying it — that’s how warm it was.

Last year I posted a similar tour, but, while there are a few duplicate shots, that gallery was mostly on the south side of the Kentucky River in the neighborhood closer to the “new” capitol.

Click here for that post.

On this walk I headed across the “singing bridge” and into the heart of North Frankfort.

Downtown Frankfort has some amazing architectural assets, some upbeat cultural trends, great examples of pre-automobile urban-but-not-crowded neighborhoods, and many questions about its future. Given the sheer beauty of the buildings, I can’t help but feel optimistic about the prospects, despite the number of vacancies you can see here.

I often edit photos a bit for contrast, saturation, and other basic qualities — but only a handful of things have been done here. That’s how gorgeous the day was. My old D40 wasn’t so good at shooting houses with the sun directly behind them, so I had to leave a few out. Still, lots of pics, some with comments if you hover over them.

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