I find the town of Townsend to be made up of folks who grew up in the neighboring towns or here in Townsend itself. As a result of that, it's on the "clicky" side and sometimes has a "Good ol' boy" mentality, so if you're from out of the area or even the country for that matter, it may be too small and uncultured for one's taste.
There is very little progress in the town. It seems to want to stay as it is and change for the better can be quite challenging. We've been waiting to get a rail trail here for years and while many residents visit neighboring towns rail trails, Townsend is constantly hitting unnecessary road blocks for one here. The town's playground is maintained by the residents, so the grass is often on the high side and trash is frequently overflowing. With the taxes we pay, this is really something the town should be taking care of. Thankfully we are getting a brand new library - which is very exciting, but it's a long time coming with much controversy.
Main street though it has much potential, is on the run down looking side, businesses could use face lifts and landscaping is not always kept up. There is a rather large shopping plaza that's painted pink, and it looks ridiculous up against the old, N.E. appearance of the town.
It's really not a bad place to live, just needs some new blood with vision! If you're looking for a town that moves at a snails pace when it comes to change, Townsend is the place for you.