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    Senior Member Hosta's Avatar
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    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.

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    I'm just 20 minutes from Westcliffe Colorado.The town it's self has about 1400.We have surrounding areas but they all come into town for shopping.1 quilt store,1 super market,2 gas stations,1 bar,1 Pizza,bowling alley,1 stop sign.Alot of churches,1 ace hardware and more.I use to belong to a quilt group but had to give that up. Connie in CO

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    Our town is similar, getting a little run down and lots of empty stores. A hundred years ago this was a big railroad town and everybody either passed through on the railroad or worked for the railroad. We still have lots of trains that pass through but our big station is closed and most of the money has gone out of the city. It's kind of sad. :( Lots of low income families now, mostly people stay because their families are here or because they just can't figure out how to get out. :( They are really trying to improve the area but without any real industry here it's going to be a tough challenge.

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    I don't even know what I would call my area. I do know it has grown ALOT since I was a kid! Many moons ago. I grew up in a neighborhood close by that has also grown alot. I have always loved the idea of living in a small town where everyone knows everyone as soon as they see them on the street!

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    We have 2 gas stations, a pizza-sub place, chinese restaurant and a family type restaurant. We have a section that is industrial, but besides that we're pretty rural.

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    we were once called the shopping mecca of the monadnock region of NH. That was because we had a walmart. Now all the cities have every thing possible, however our town is small and cozy, We have 2 supemarkets, 2 pizza places, Walmart, 2 dunkins, a large university,2 restaurants but houses mostly have space between. there are farms for cows, horses, lamas,apples and more apples. Our private lane has 18 houses, 12 are year round so that makes us very friendly and family- like.

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    I live in quite the opposite of all of you--I am in the center of "the big Apple," just south of Central Park. I've been in my apt. for 30 years and my neighborhood has seen some huge changes. We went from an area that used to be known as "hell's kitchen" that was essentially deserted after 6 p.m. to one that now, if I'm out on the street at 3 a.m. (dogs need emergency walk) the streets are still hopping! We also have a second home about 2 hours northwest and that town has 482 residents. It's a lovely town and I wish I could be there more often...

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    I think BG is around 70,000 and is home to Western Kentucky University and the GM Corvette plant. We have most of the major chain restaurants but not many really good independents. Most of our really good places are Bosnian owned and feature Mediterranean cuisine.

    We are not big enough to have all the shopping choices I'm used to from SoCal but it's less than an hour down to Nashville. There I can get my fix for Trader Joe's, Costco, Coldwater Creek, and most anything you could want. Also lots of country music to enjoy.

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    I live in a small town of 1500 or so, a couple of general stores. Some dairy farms, lots of nice people. I love it. been here 20 years, grew up near Boston in the suburbs, couldn't ever go back to that.

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    Jonesborough, TN -
    The oldest town in Tennessee - 1779
    Home of National Storytelling Festival!
    Check out the rich history of our town.
    http://www.historicjonesborough.com/...borough-tn.php

    Our town was one of the stops along the route of the Food Truck Show last year. (Think that was the name of the show)

    The town closes down before 8:30 each night.

    Like most places the area around down town is growing, but down down although it changes some, still has it's wonderful history.

    Great mountains surround us!

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    Phyllis - it is so pretty over your way too!

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    I live in a rural suburb of Chicago. Everyone on this Board probably knows exactly what my town looks like because we were the site for the filming of the movie Ground Hog Day.

    Population 25K in a county of 300K. We used to be farming economy, then manufacturing, then construction based and now we are unemployment based economy with a good chunk of the employed people commuting over an hour to work like my hubby. It is like a diamond ring that the setting is cracked and tarnished.

    No real anything here but within a 45 minute drive I have everything there is.

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    I live in the Village of the Town. We are mostly a rural farming area. One funny thing about our Village is that nearly all the Bars are on Church Street and all the Churches on Main Street. We have a few Mills in the Village but we are hurting for jobs and industry. Everyone seems to be either a beautician or a realtor. We have a central school in the Town, kindergarten - 12th. Mostly everyone grew up here. I am an outsider, only been here about 25 years. Everyone knows or is related to everyone else so you have to be careful what you say. I do not know all the connections. It is a quiet place but we have had our share of suicides and murders. Doors are still kept for the most part unlocked. It is a pleasant place to live. We are best known for being the home of Grandma Moses. Her grandson continues her tradition of folk painting.

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    I live two and a half miles out of town. Nearest neighbor is a cousin a mile away. Town consists of a grange hall, fire hall and a general store that serves limited lunch and monday night potluch and about 10 houses. The orginal store burned when I was a kid. We used to have a post office but lost that so now have to go to Igo for the post office that is 12 miles north. Alot of people have moved here from when I was a kid and most work in redding which is about thirty miles or so depending on where you live out here, east. The power ends here. The houses on up the road have phone but no power except by generator. Orginally a ranching community and pretty much still is. My family, one of the first to settle here has been ranching five generations. People who move here do so because of the rural lifestyle.

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    Mine is too big and we lost anything ressembling country and community spirit. We are in agriculture but most of the farms have moved north.

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    I live in a really small town. We have a tiny grocery store, a gas station, two churches, and about 6 or 7 bars. There isn't much here, and everyone knows where your going before you even decide....lol. I like it here though. There are lots of places to fish and pick berries. Lots of wildlife and scenic areas. There are no gangs and very little violence(not like the city I grew up in).

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    I live in a very rural area of PA. We moved her 15 years ago because we wanted to raise our kids in the country. We have 3 acres of land, lots of gorgeous wild life, very quiet and beautiful.

    The only draw back with living here is that if you were not born and raised here, have family roots you can trace back to the 1700's, you will never be accepted. Everyone is related to each other out here. Nothing changes. Nepotism runs rampant. Gossip is even faster spreading than the manure spreaders in Spring! LOL

    There are 2 grocery stores here. We have 2 traffic lights. You have to drive 45 minutes if you want to go to Wal-Mart, which is in the next county over. Everything closes up by 8:00 at night.

    There is a local quilt club but no guildes here. The quilt club is so unorganized it drove me nuts! I went to a few meetings but got very frustrated when I tried to make suggestions and was told, "this is the way we have always done it, so we won't change". Ok, I went back home and kept teaching myself by using the internet! LOL

    There is nothing here for the kids to do. That is why we have such a high pregnancy rate and our young people have many car accidents and usually alcohol is a factor.

    But, the biggest crime is usually a mailbox getting smashed or someone breaking and entering a business, or under age drinking.

    There is no ethic diversity either. There are no African Americans in our school. It is very red neck and hunting is not a season but a way of life. That is kind of sad because there is not a lot of emphasis on education. Many kids graduate,graduating classes are like 64 kids, and many can not read or do basic algebra.

    Dh and I are waiting for youngest son to graduate in June then we are moving. It has been a good place to raise the kids as far as crime goes, but, it has also been a bad place because of the attitude of the people here.

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    Jonesboro.
    And the home to one of the best quilting shops IMHO. Tennessee Quilts. I dont get there often enough!

    Cindy

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    My town of approximately 8000 poppulation is the county seat and has a beautifully restored 1890s courthouse. At one time we were an antique shoppers mecca, but now there are only a couple of antique stores left. We've had several attempts at revitalizing the downtown, but as others have mentioned, there are still lots of vacant stores. Although several have been converted into offices of one kind or another. And the upstairs of several of the pre 1900s buildings have been converted into living areas.

    There is a real emphasis on athletics for the kids, but if your youngster is not athletically inclined, they're out of luck.

    We have a community college and it offers dual credit classes for HS juniors and seniors that allows them to pretty much do their freshman year of college while still in HS.

    We are basically a rural community, with a bit of industry. Several of our plants relocated to Mexico, partly because at least one of them kept getting in trouble for having too many illegals.

    The face of our community has changed in the last few years with much more ethnic diversity than when I was growing up.

    Jobs are scarce unless you are wanting to do fast food or work at one of the nursing homes.

    We are in an excellent location, about an hour from the DFW metroplex, less than that to a large lake for fishing or boating.

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    Wish I could describe my town of Bedford to you.....other than active, charming, comfortably busy, beautiful old homes and downtown buildings, many nice restaurants,strong town government, friendly people, beautiful natural surroundings, largely Christian, decent shopping, small town feel in the city proper (our county is quite large), many rural farms, lovely seasons.....but I'd have to keep you from moving here and filling the place up! LOL!

    Jan in VA

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    Honolulu is a bustling metropolis like many big cities. On an island, traffic is one of the most major issues. I live very close to Waikiki on Diamond Head where many postcards depict Hawaii. Come and visit sometime!!!

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    Don't blink or you will miss it!

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    We live in a community about 20 miles East of Pittsburgh, PA. It is semi rural in nature. There are areas with housing developments and there are still some farms. In Many of the housing developments the lots are at least one acre or more. Beautiful area, very small local shopping area, lots of churches, wonderful high rated school district. We can be in downtown Pittsburgh in 30 minutes, depending on traffic for cultural events. Lots of shopping areas within 15 to 20 minutes. I love it here EXCEPT IN THE WINTER...brr I dont like winter.

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    We live in a little city, about 5,000 people in 2.5 square miles. Mostly residential, but we do have fast food, some offices, a Dollar General and some small manufacturing. We share a border with several larger cities, and share a school district with one. Because we are a suburb of Akron, and only an hour from Cleveland, we have lots of shopping nearby but don't have the traffic that goes with it. Two state universities, Akron and Kent, within a 15 minute drive. And Amish country is less than an hour south. More fabric stores than I can count, all within an hour's drive.

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    It is interesting to read about other's hometowns....I live in a rural area, a few miles from the 10,000 person town where our mail comes out of. We enjoy watching the cows and goats belonging to our neighbors, and the Canadian honker geese that stop here at the ponds. Our newest venture is the "fruit cocktail" orchard we planted last winter. Looking forward to having fruit to dry and sell one of these years.

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