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    I live in a village, consisting of a church with cemetary, a deli, a village park where they host a girls softball league every spring thru fall, have a community festival every June, and Santa at Christmas, a large Halloween party. There are 8 houses on my private lane, 2 unoccupied at the moment. I am 15 minutes from anywhere, WalMart, grocery store, gas station, and the next town is about 20 minutes. After living in a Phila. suburb, this is heaven.

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    Melrose Ny 12121,
    Our town, its rural , I know of 2 churches, one post office
    another business i have no idea what they do, an auto repair shop, Mike who owns it is wonderful to us and helpful not only with auto repair but things at our house
    for which I'm greatful. We had a little store in town but
    the owner well went to jail its closed.Then there was the arsonist that burned down an old farm house. Our immediate neighbor hood well its not, people live on our street, you Might say hello but I honestly feel like if I fell outside no one would notice you, its really sad. there are a few farmers around which I tend to do business with for produce during the summer if i'm not growing it in my own garden. We have a resivore that feeds Troy N.Y. water. can't put your feet in it, you can fish there. Would I say come live in our wonderful town NO. I can't wait for the day to come to move west.

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    I love reading this thread because most of these places are nothing like where I live. On a typical day, I can hear English, Creole, Russian, Chinese, Tagalog (sp? what they speak in the Philipines), and may be a little Spanish. And that's a typical day. Brooklyn alone has a population of over 2.5 million. If I had to list every store, post office and restaurant here, I think it might crash the QB server. I recently heard that in all of New York City, there's 24,000 restaurants.

    There's negatives to living here such as congestion, some really bad drivers, and some very rude, opportunistic people. But there's also lots of positives as well. I've met some absolutely wonderful people since I've lived here, had experiences and talked to people I never would have in other places. It's a very accepting place to all kinds of people. You can find any kind of food you can imagine, and even some food you can't imagine. In addition to the famous skyline, there's also lots of beaches with amazing sunsets, so it is possible to get close to nature even here.

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    At one time my town had all cute little stores including a grocery store and ben franklin. by the time i moved here most of that was gone and the store fronts became bond bailsmen. i live in the county seat and all the courts are here. there is also the university of cincinnati clermont campus. it is not a college as there are no dorms. ther is a lot of history as batavia was part of the underground railroad. ther are markers on what was safe houses at the time. it is just over the ohio river and the river wasn't that wide at the time so tyhe slaves crossed to freedom. i wish my town was still a town with all cute shops but those days are gone. besides bail bondsmen there are 4 banks, 2 pizza places, 1 bar, 1 luncheon type eating establishment a florist a gas station/convience store and a hair salon. not much of a main street if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannajo
    I love reading this thread because most of these places are nothing like where I live. On a typical day, I can hear English, Creole, Russian, Chinese, Tagalog (sp? what they speak in the Philipines), and may be a little Spanish. And that's a typical day. Brooklyn alone has a population of over 2.5 million. If I had to list every store, post office and restaurant here, I think it might crash the QB server. I recently heard that in all of New York City, there's 24,000 restaurants.

    There's negatives to living here such as congestion, some really bad drivers, and some very rude, opportunistic people. But there's also lots of positives as well. I've met some absolutely wonderful people since I've lived here, had experiences and talked to people I never would have in other places. It's a very accepting place to all kinds of people. You can find any kind of food you can imagine, and even some food you can't imagine. In addition to the famous skyline, there's also lots of beaches with amazing sunsets, so it is possible to get close to nature even here.
    I loved Brooklyn, my grandma lived on South 4th Street in Williamsburg when I was little. Then she moved to Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint. I LOVED walking up the Ave. eating pizza and window shopping. That is what is so wonderful about Brooklyn and Manhattan. My dad had a butcher shop on Atlantic Ave. I miss it all...........

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    I live in a rural area, we have 34 acres mostly trees and about 11 acres of field. There's no town per se- we are beyond the suburbs of Wilkes-Barre, the county seat. The City is having its difficulties- loss of jobs, crime rate going up, gangs are now here, typical big city stuff. But at the same time, we welcome diversity, I do closings and I love to hear the stories of the families who come here to give their kids a good education and get away from the crime of NYC. There are buses that run everyday to NYC so many commute.

    We have a ton of things to offer- an arena for big name acts to come in, ice hockey-the baby Penguins are here, in the summer we have minor league baseball- the Yankees. We have an airport within 45 min., outlets for shopping, the famous Poconos are 1 1/2 hrs. away. Let's see- we have multiple ski resorts and state parks for fishing and boating. Yep- lots to do here.

    There is good and bad everywhere. I love my home and my job, but would love to move someplace warm as I have never liked the snow and ice. But it is home and I'll just visit my warm places on vacation.

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    I live on a farm north of a small town of 5000 which is growing because many recent residents commute to the city to work. There is a good assortment of shopping, two grocery stores, drugstore, large hardware store and building centre, two women's clothing stores, jewellery store, two pet food stores, two video stores, two furniture/appliance stores, flower shop, two dollar stores, family department store, several restaurants, three banks and best of all a great quilt store. We also have a great arena, curling club, swimming pool and two gyms. There are churches, service clubs and other groups to join. If you can't find something to do in this community it's because you won't leave your house. Hiking, skiing and snowmobiling are available not far from town. It's a good place to raise a family as it is still small enough to know many people but large enough to offer lots of opportunities and Toronto is only an hour and a half away!

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    I live 100 mile north of Phoenix Arizona. It is a small town located in what is know as the verde valley. About 14 mile from Sedona AZ which is a tourist town and is beautiful red rock country with Oak Creek Canyon on the other end of town which is also beautiful. There is not much shopping where I live or culture. We go to the White mountains which is about 250 miles from here in the summer and it is alot cooler. I lived in Ohio until I was 15 yrs old and then in Phoenix for 30 yrs. and here for 26 yrs. Not much rain or snow here. It was cold here last week. Got down to 16 degrees a couple nights and one day it never got higer then 37. that is cold for us. It was almost 70 degrees today.My panseys are still ok I covered them up for a few nights. This is considered high desert and not very pretty. Mountains all around us.

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    I live in a town that has a river separating the US from Canada. We are the largest town in the county and we have the only 2 traffic lights in the county. Our high school takes in 15 small surrounding towns and usually graduates out 50-60 kids. We celebrated out Bicentennial in 2009. We have a Walmart and 2 grocery stores, McDonalds, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. We are the shopping hub. Our claim to fame is probably that we are the eastern most city in the country (there are a couple of towns a little more east). For most our roots run very deep. My grandchildren are the 9th generation of my family to live here.

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    Reading some of your posts makes me a bit homesick of the small town life where I grew up in northwestern CT. But it's not even the same anymore. I am located in a growing community - 16,000 people (just got a zip code about 9 yrs ago.)We are between a city of about 170K people with lots of crime and empty businesses and the town of Napa. You've all heard of the Napa Valley and their wineries. American Canyon is called the Gateway to the Napa Valley. It's growing -- we have a Wal-Mart and a major grocery chain store and a few small shops but nothing really exciting yet. No clothing stores, book stores or movie theater but they are all only a few miles away. We've have our own high school for the first time and it's supposed to be one of the best, high-tech schools in the country. We have a library and a senior center now. Would be wonderful to have a quilt shop.

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    i live under a mountain and beside the bay .... absolutely gorgeous winter or summer. my town is different now from when i grew up here ...... an earthquake and tidal wave tried their best to do us in, but that was 50 years ago. now it's a tourist town, but oh, so much more than that.
    besides, moose and bear stroll through town; porpoise, whales, otters frolic in the waves off the beach. it's bird heaven.

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    I live in the town with a theme park and it is known as the Roller Coaster Captial of Americal. Rated in the top 5 parks in the USA. It is called Cedar Point and is visited by people from all over the world.
    In the summer it is constant congestion, traffic everywhere and on the weekends the locals don't leave their homes til after noon because cars are lined up for miles. But the area is beautiful in the summer, because we live right on Lake Erie and can see water for miles around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    I live 100 mile north of Phoenix Arizona. It is a small town located in what is know as the verde valley. About 14 mile from Sedona AZ which is a tourist town and is beautiful red rock country with Oak Creek Canyon on the other end of town which is also beautiful. There is not much shopping where I live or culture. We go to the White mountains which is about 250 miles from here in the summer and it is alot cooler. I lived in Ohio until I was 15 yrs old and then in Phoenix for 30 yrs. and here for 26 yrs. Not much rain or snow here. It was cold here last week. Got down to 16 degrees a couple nights and one day it never got higer then 37. that is cold for us. It was almost 70 degrees today.My panseys are still ok I covered them up for a few nights. This is considered high desert and not very pretty. Mountains all around us.
    Oh, SewingSuz, I was in Cottonwood,AZ when I was 12 years old. Had some family friends that lived in Prescott and went into Cottonwood to shop. I spent the whole summer there with them, from right after school got out in June till Labor Day. I just loved it. Of course this was over 50 years ago. Always wanted to go back. I remember the Indians coming down off the mountain and walking through town with their papooses on their back and moccasins.

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    another things (or things) about our area is we have 5 colleges within driving distance. We have a medical college- brand new. Churches- tons and tons of them and all sorts of activities for the youth- church and sports.

    We are also very close to NYC and Phila., so days trips are common.

    My family has also been here since the area was settled in the late 1700s. I live 2 miles from the family homestead and can say we know many of the neighbors since we were "knee high to a grasshopper". My hubby is a transplant here- he was raised in the City but is accepted here because he married me. :)

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    Whatever joan_quilts had written, thats what its like here. If you ever want to "run away" this is the place to go. Since Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote all of the Little House books, the town celebrates with..."festivals"...every year, plays depicting Lauras life with the locals, ..no bars...churches everywhere, no stop lights, one old grocery store. There are 2 WalMarts 18 miles away on either side but if you want FRESH food and a selection of anything. you would need to go to Springfield, 50 miles away.
    There are MANY casinos just a short drive away in Oklahoma, Kentucky, or Illinois.

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    I live in the most easterly city in North America - St. John's, Newfoundland. We have a population of about 180,000 in the metropolitan area. If you want to have a look at some wonderful pictures, here's the link

    http://bitstop.ca/newfoundland/st-johns/

    These pics can better describe my home town better than I can.

    And there is not one LQS in this whole city!!! The closest one is about a 20 minute drive outside the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosta
    I live in a town (25 square miles) that used to be all farming now it is all houses and there is basically a main street with 10 pizza shops one grocery store and lately five car repair shops have moved in. There are also a wide variety of empty stores. There is no local recreation for teens nothing but a park with a fish pond. Our biggest building besides the schools is the library. We have only one claim to fame we host a dinky corn festival every year. I have been wanting to start a quilt group but can't seem to drum up much interest. I have been here my entire life my husband was born in a house a couple miles from where we live. I just wish there was something here to draw people out of their houses and into a community spirit. Everything that has been tried has died out after a couple years.
    Hello from North Central WV......my Aunt was raised in N. Ridgeville, and my late neighbor taught school there. My aunt now lives in Grafton, and I visit on occasion, but not like in years past....my grandparents moved there years ago...but they have now both passed. Such a nice topic...I will post about my town as a new post.

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    My town is 22.4 square miles and is nestled along the Connecticut River and part of the Gardner Mountains. We have a population of 843. There are no stores in our town (that means no gas stations, no convenience stores, no coffee shops, no pizza shops... nothing). The largest business in town is Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, where my husband is the marketing manager. We live in the center of town... a few doors down from the Town Hall, the Post Office, church and the Library.
    The little yellow crescent shape on the map is our town.

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    I don't really have a town to call my own..since my DH's job closed down 7 yrs ago we've moved several times..Right now we live in Clovis,NM it has a college and military base. I'd call it a small city.

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    I used to live in Terrebonne Qc, in a old stone house built in 1782, ten acres of land, 4 horses, a cow, chickens, geese,ducks, rabbits dogs and cats for 35 years. 8 years ago we moved in Lasalle, (montreal is at the next street corner) in a condo on the second floor. IF i look outside from my kitchen, I' m facing one of the biggest shopping mall. I do not need a car anymore, the bus stop is right at the door and the subway station is a 5 minutes walk, My husband had to have dialysis that is why we moved in the city. It is a very ethnic surrounding,Black, Chinese, Arabic, bilingual French and English.

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    Can't say I have a home town. Right now I am in VA but I really liked Fairburn GA. Small town, knew a lot of people. It has a small business district and it was growing for awhile. Then the housing market crashed. It is about 20 minutes south and slightly west of the Atlanta airport. Not a crowded as the north side of Atlanta.
    I would love to move back if I could just find a place I could afford.
    I want a place with room around me. Not with neighbors who can look over your fence from their deck.

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    We moved from NH/MA to central Florida for the warmth & lack of the white stuff. Not sure what to call our area..not in the city, yet not really suburbs either. Everything we need is within 10 miles, people are wonderful! We all help each other. Two grocery stores next door, big mall with large JoAnn's & about anything else you'd want behind us. Town center is historic and beautiful. Definitely the hub with Farmers Mkt & even a museum. The weather as well as the medical facilities are top notch and we're about 20 minutes from Disney & Universal. Been here almost 12 yrs & love it!

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    warsaw mo used to be a booming lake town lot of tourist in the summer every year less and less in the down town

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    We're outside a small village that started dying after WWII and no one has had the courage to bulldoze it. We have 3 small churches, 1 school, 1 postoffice. Everyone who lives here seems to have been born here except for a few who decided it was in commuting distance to Dallas -1 1/2 hrs. We regularly have drug busts, lots of meth labs, etc. Used to be a small farming commumity - now a few larger ranches. We choose it for its location between the medical centers of Dallas and Houston, thinking the people would be friendly like other places. Wrong. Very Clannish, very red-neck- very few collage educated, hard to find a subject to talk about if you don't talk Nascar, horses, weather or politics. We've become hermits. Closest grocery is 25 miles. This is not the rural bucolic America of our Dream Life.

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    Cowan is small-3 home run quickie markets with gasoline--post office--4 restaurants--antique store--insurance office--artisan depot--railroad museum--small library--bed and breakfast in old hotel--overstock grocery store--trains run through about every 30 minutes--around 2100 people--I love living here.

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