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It has its plusses and minuses

Pluses: located near a great variety of outdoor recreation (snow activities in the winter and water/wilderness activities in the summer); uncrowded (but somewhat challenged by tourists on their way to Glacier National Park in the summer months); lots of open space; summers are typically mild and enjoyable Minuses: the winters are harsh with snow and bitterly cold temperatures; the Flathead Valley often is shrouded in clouds/high fog during significant stretches of winter; there is a huge gap between average wages and affordable housing; far too many trailer homes and parks; huge inconsistencies in housing construction (large energy inefficiencies and cheap building materials); virtually non-existent pull to patron the downtown because there are too many businesses located along Main Street that are not restaurant, cafe, night life, or gift shop-oriented (instead there are banks, realtor and other professional offices, martial arts, state government offices, etc.); traffic infrastructure is woefully inadequate (zero planning and foresight as to future growth); roads are poorly maintained; very few parks in and around the city itself; the entire valley is bicycle and pedestrian unfriendly with very few bike paths and sidewalks are limited to the very core of the downtown itself. In essence, Kalispell is about 20-30 years ahead at being behind.
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