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Old 06-14-2009, 04:50 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I don't know. I seem to recall Mayberry as nice to blacks and so forth in the few times they arrived. Although it seems like they didn't care for Gypsies.

Maybe not the same thing but epodunk has a "home town" index for "small" towns. (Calling a town of 150,000 people a "small town" strikes me as a reach and not very logical based on their city list. Still a few are medium-towns)

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Old 06-14-2009, 04:55 PM
 
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The whole picture you paint above is so not "Mayberry". Mayberry was a small quiet all white southern town in the 1960's. ( I remember being shocked during one of the color episodes that you could actually see a black man walking on the sidewalk in the background). There's nothing diverse are tolerant about that. Yeah it was a friendly town but that was because everybody there was mostly the same (some just a little countryer or more idiosyncric than others).

I don't know where you would find the type of town you're talking of but Mount Airy North Carolina or any other true type Mayberry town wouldn't be it.

If you have a time machine that can take you back to 1958 - that's where you might find Mayberry. Small town life was probably somewhat like what you see on 1950s and 1960s sitcoms, but remember it IS television...which means we're only seeing the parts of Mayberry that we're meant to see.

I would venture to say that there isn't a 2009 version of Mayberry anywhere in the world...simply because society has experienced 40 years of growth and change.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I don't know. I seem to recall Mayberry as nice to blacks and so forth in the few times they arrived. Although it seems like they didn't care for Gypsies.

Maybe not the same thing but epodunk has a "home town" index for "small" towns. (Calling a town of 150,000 people a "small town" strikes me as a reach and not very logical based on their city list. Still a few are medium-towns)
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I don't remember seeing any blacks on the show period. In fact the Gypsies are the only ethnic group that ever showed up on the show. That's my point. They are mostly nice to each other but we aren't given any indication how they would treat others.

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Old 06-14-2009, 09:09 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I might be mixing up Andy Griffith with the Waltons. They did occasionally meet blacks or Indians and deal with those issues.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I really think the search for "Mayberry" is more about a yearning for a period of time in this country that no longer exists, more than a place. I live in a small, Southern, North Carolina town that for all intents and purposes could pass for Mayberry in appearance. We have the quaint little old white houses with the front porches, the quaint church with the steeple, the cute little post office, a population of only about 600 people. Sure, people "wave and say hello". What adult with any manners doesn't do that?

But the year 2009 is alive and well here in every other way. I don't think there's any escaping that.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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Closest feeling I ever got to the "Mayberrry" phenomenon is Ferndale California:
Ferndale, CA - Ken Mierzwa

Pretty shocking this would envelope me in a state such as California. You'd never suspect it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I would sure love to find it, my wish would be for a town with diversity, where everybody said hi, where your political party wouldn't matter, where you would pick the man not a party, where you could go for walks and see people on there porches, or working in there gardens,--- WOW I can almost smell aunt bees apple pies.
You'll find it in a movie called "The Big Eden" and come close in a few towns in rural Pennsylvania.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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Aunt Bee's driving her Crown Vic with all her friends(Miss Emma, Clara, etc.) to the casinos everyday and can't be bothered with making Pies!
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:57 PM
 
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Yeah, Upstate NY still has plenty of nice, small towns that are "Mayberry-ish".

Also, Mt. Airy, NC was the inspiration for Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show.
Mayberry seemed more like out of Northern California than the South.

If it had been a Southern town there would have been blacks, even if just passing through.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:58 PM
 
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Closest feeling I ever got to the "Mayberrry" phenomenon is Ferndale California:
Ferndale, CA - Ken Mierzwa

Pretty shocking this would envelope me in a state such as California. You'd never suspect it.
I take it you're unfamiliar with everything north of the Bay Area?
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