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Old 06-29-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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I think this sort of thing is actually pretty common with most pre-20th century small towns in the northeast and the south. Most of the well preserved villages have a decent sized main strip of walkable urban retail, some office space, rowhouses and really beautiful architecture within their downtown areas. Out west this is probably less common because rural communities were designed around the automobile and will typically include not much more than a tiny strip mall and a few gas stations. I've seen what OP described all over Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and most other east coast states.
A couple of communities near us that come to mind are Lyons and to a lesser degree coming in from the west, Seneca Falls. Brockport is another one.
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Old 06-29-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Midland, TX.

It's not exactly a rural area but it's several hours away from any major urban center (i.e. El Paso, Albuquerque, Dallas, Austin, etc.)

Here's the heart of the downtown area:

https://goo.gl/maps/fLZ8bTYHXSN2

And here's a spot less than 2 miles away (and facing downtown):

https://goo.gl/maps/brTnp6UcQcx
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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Midland is a good example. The flat, treeless landscape make the skyline look very impressive from a distance, but in reality it is not a "big city".
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:28 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Dunno if Sacramento also counts..

This is 5 miles from the California State Capitol.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Does Pomeroy, WA count? it has a population of 1,389 and it's in the middle of a bunch of wheat fields.

Downtown:
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.4745...8!8i1664?hl=en

and this is about a mile outside of that spot
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.4774...8!8i1664?hl=en

Or what about La Conner, WA it only has 927 people and is surrounded by farmland.

Downtown: https://www.google.com/maps/@48.3899...2!8i6656?hl=en

about a mile away from that spot.
https://www.google.com/maps/@48.3991...2!8i6656?hl=en
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Ithaca! Cornell and Ithaca college are at the end of Cayuga Lake, but then the town is surrounded by Cornell farm land and forest, state forest land, and depressed little NY farm towns. I was really surprised to see so much wealth and so many city amenities in Ithaca but then I could walk 1 mile away from town and be in the middle of nowhere with old collapsing barns and foreclosed farms. I personally loved the contrast and would spend my weekends working with the struggling local farmers, my weekdays in class then hitting the jazz clubs and dancing salsa and eating awesome korean food.
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:02 PM
 
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Nevada City, California is an excellent example of this.
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:05 PM
 
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Does Pomeroy, WA count? it has a population of 1,389 and it's in the middle of a bunch of wheat fields.

Downtown:
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.4745...8!8i1664?hl=en

and this is about a mile outside of that spot
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.4774...8!8i1664?hl=en

Or what about La Conner, WA it only has 927 people and is surrounded by farmland.

Downtown: https://www.google.com/maps/@48.3899...2!8i6656?hl=en

about a mile away from that spot.
https://www.google.com/maps/@48.3991...2!8i6656?hl=en
La Conner, yes. Pomeroy, no. Waitsburg, WA is a decent example as well.
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:11 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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Artesia, New Mexico, right in the middle of the desert. You drive into the city from the desert and are surrounded by mature trees, lawns, and an environment that might be found in Pennsylvania. Then you drive out of that right back into the desert.

"Huh, what, that was... something."
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Old 06-30-2017, 05:01 AM
 
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A lot of the smaller towns in northern Michigan are like this. Petoskey might be one of the larger examples.
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