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Old 06-30-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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The small towns I know of in the south may have the walkable little downtown but beyond that you see strip malls, auto repair shops, moderate density residential before the farms and wilderness.

Eureka springs is a great example of city/wilderness combo. Thanks for the photos.

Also I don't see a downtown as "urban" unless most buildings in the center are at least 3-4 stories.
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Also I don't see a downtown as "urban" unless most buildings in the center are at least 3-4 stories.
Yeah, to me just having a downtown isn't a sign of being unusually urban. It's a sign of somewhere which had a reasonably high population concentration before 1920 or so.
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Old 06-30-2017, 03:28 PM
 
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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.
Some of the villages outside of Ithaca like Trumansburg, Dryden and Groton are pretty quaint, with Lansing to the north and a few communities in the town of Ithaca(Northeast Ithaca, Northwest Ithaca, South Hill, Forest Home and East Ithaca CDP's)being the only suburban areas.

Another example from NY State that comes to mind is Carthage/West Carthage, which are twin villages east of Watertown with about 6000 people combined. https://goo.gl/maps/SaVAcSLPqso
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Old 06-30-2017, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Pullman, WA
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Walla Walla, WA fits the bill, IMO. It was originally set up as the primary E. WA city before the railroads chose Spokane. It was also the state's first capitol. It has a fantastic multi-block downtown corridor only a couple miles away from farmland.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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Perhaps Indiana PA fits, as it is 1.8 square miles, but has about 14,000 people. https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6230...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:44 AM
 
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Central City, CO (Pop. 663)

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.8007...7i13312!8i6656

Bisbee, AZ (Pop. 5,575)

https://www.google.com/maps/@31.4417...7i13312!8i6656

Welch, WV (Pop. 1,973)

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.4327...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@37.4300...7i13312!8i6656

Pottsville, PA (Pop. 14,324)

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6848...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6862...7i13312!8i6656

Lancaster, PA (Pop. 59,302)

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.0392...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@40.0401...7i13312!8i6656

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Old 07-04-2017, 09:21 AM
 
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Those street views remind me of this example in the Adirondacks: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.3268...7i13312!8i6656


More: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.8490...6!9m2!1b1!2i45


https://www.google.com/maps/@44.6699...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@44.5956...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8782...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Walla Walla, WA fits the bill, IMO. It was originally set up as the primary E. WA city before the railroads chose Spokane. It was also the state's first capitol. It has a fantastic multi-block downtown corridor only a couple miles away from farmland.
It was the state's largest city at one point as well, and one of the oldest too. however it does have 32,132 people which isn't too small.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:36 AM
 
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The northern suburbs of Atlanta, chiefly because it's grown so fast and hasn't completely filled in yet. You will be driving amid office parks and malls and suddenly come on a huge stretch of horse farms, etc. Then back to more urbanized areas.
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I still don't think this can be beaten. This is a rural town of 4,000, with no nearby suburbs.

And on its main street, a senior highrise.
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