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Old 08-07-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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That's great to see. I have driven across country 6 times following Route 66 as much as I could. I am originally from Boston, but moved to LA in 1995. I Love the old road and some of the towns I saw. I remember Oklahoma is one of the states that stills makes an effort to preserve the old road. I have been looking online at different areas to move to including Oklahoma.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:05 PM
 
Location: the Great Lakes states
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Is there any town in Usa that maybe stuck in time like 50s,60s ?
Yes there are. Spend some time in Southwest Michigan, or along Highway 12 anywhere in southern Michigan (but outside of the major cities and away from Lake Michigan.)

There are many that have had no updates since the 1960s. Downtowns, post offices, homes look the same as they did then.

There are towns on small lakes, resort communities, that are exactly the same now as they were then.

Mostly, its because of money -- stagnant economies and lack of investment.

Sometimes, its because of local attitude.

Some towns in Indiana have a 1950s/1960s mindset, because they want a very sheltered environment. This is one reason why so many college graduates leave the state -- there's nothing for them in their towns once they graduate. No innovation, no singles activities, no entertainment, no modern shopping or housing options.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: the Great Lakes states
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There has got to be a town somewhere in the U.S. where it feels like the 1950's. Ok so maybe there is cell service there and new cars available. I think what everyone is looking for is a place where you feel like you live like the Anderson's. (If you don't know who they are then you probably aren't interested in a town like this) A place where there are lots of 50's cars, and a diner to hang out at. Maybe plenty of town, school and church activities. Things are done at a slower pace. There's an appreciation for good values and helping others. Less technology and more going outside to breath fresh air. I live in Los Angeles and I am ready to bail to a place like this.
You might like the Midwest -- New Buffalo, Michigan ... Chesterton, Indiana ... or some of the smaller towns on the outskirts of Fort Wayne (one named Butler comes to mind.)

They have that feeling you mentioned.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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That's great to see. I have driven across country 6 times following Route 66 as much as I could. I am originally from Boston, but moved to LA in 1995. I Love the old road and some of the towns I saw. I remember Oklahoma is one of the states that stills makes an effort to preserve the old road. I have been looking online at different areas to move to including Oklahoma.
Moving to OK from Ca.I took Rt 66 from San Bernardino,Ca. to Ok City.Ok.

These are all recent pictures.

The parking on old Main is still angled parking.




Bank



Still in operation

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Old 08-09-2011, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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Thanks for all the info. Great pictures too. I think I need to plan a very long road trip around the country looking for a small town to call home.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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There are a lot of places here in Cen California that are stuck in the past as far as all original main street and stuff, and you have older folks that still go to the local barber shop etc. But I think after that generation that grew up in the 50s and 60s gets older that feel will disappear. The only thing left from that era will be the buildings.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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Yeah I know trying to hold on to the past is impossible. I think a group of people should put together a town that has a desire to live in the 50's. That is everything would be a 50's theme. For those that choose to live there would drive classic cars, dress from the era and promote a 50's lifestyle. There could be a malt shop, a gas station with full service, maybe even a drive in. A real back to the future place. Is this a bad thing?
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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There are a lot of places here in Cen California that are stuck in the past as far as all original main street and stuff, and you have older folks that still go to the local barber shop etc. But I think after that generation that grew up in the 50s and 60s gets older that feel will disappear. The only thing left from that era will be the buildings.
So Cal. city councils and County Board of Supervisors have been filing for "Demolition" on old and unoccuppied buildings
and unnecessarily claiming older/historical neighborhoods and communities as "blighted" for the soul purpose of "Redevolopment"
NOTE: this also involve a "emminent domain scandol"

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Old 08-11-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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Yes there are. Spend some time in Southwest Michigan, or along Highway 12 anywhere in southern Michigan (but outside of the major cities and away from Lake Michigan.)

There are many that have had no updates since the 1960s. Downtowns, post offices, homes look the same as they did then.

There are towns on small lakes, resort communities, that are exactly the same now as they were then.
I agree. I spend a lot of time in Saugatuck in SW Michigan and having driven through much of the area around it have seen the same. It's a refreshing change from the hustle-bustle elsewhere.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Yeah I know trying to hold on to the past is impossible. I think a group of people should put together a town that has a desire to live in the 50's. That is everything would be a 50's theme. For those that choose to live there would drive classic cars, dress from the era and promote a 50's lifestyle. There could be a malt shop, a gas station with full service, maybe even a drive in. A real back to the future place. Is this a bad thing?
Sort of like a Colonial Williamsburg for the 50's? It would make a good tourist attraction, but then that would ruin the ambiance.
Hey can you retrofit those cool classic cars with air conditioning? If not, you'd have a hard time getting a lot of people to drive one.
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