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Old 07-01-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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Would love to know if there are towns in Arizona like there are in the midwest and other parts of the country. In other words, my family can walk 'into town' to the library, Starbucks, bakery, gift shops, train station, etc. It would be nice to relocate to an area that has this type of feel to it. Thanks for info.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Would love to know if there are towns in Arizona like there are in the midwest and other parts of the country. In other words, my family can walk 'into town' to the library, Starbucks, bakery, gift shops, train station, etc. It would be nice to relocate to an area that has this type of feel to it. Thanks for info.
Not sure what you mean. But your post reminds me of Safford. The first time I delivered there downtown Safford reminded me of Mayberry RFD. Just the feeling. Prescott has a similar look downtown.

Walk 'into town'? If you live close enough. Most people live more than 2 mi out tho. Some people might walk it. Most won't.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:37 PM
 
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Mill Ave in downtown Tempe is as close to that type of environment as you're going to get in the Phoenix area in my opinion.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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Mill Ave in downtown Tempe is as close to that type of environment as you're going to get in the Phoenix area in my opinion.
This. Old Town Scottsdale is sort of similar but more spread out. While tiny, downtown Gilbert has that Midwest main street feel.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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Are there 'downtown' areas in Arizona?
Absolutely! There are several all over Arizona!

Depending on where I am, whenever I decide to leave my lean-to & campfire out there in any particular desert arroyo, I can either walk in or ride ol' Dobbin into any downtown I want!

I load up with whatever supplies I need, then mosey on back home. It's one of the highlights of my existence.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Would love to know if there are towns in Arizona like there are in the midwest and other parts of the country. In other words, my family can walk 'into town' to the library, Starbucks, bakery, gift shops, train station, etc. It would be nice to relocate to an area that has this type of feel to it. Thanks for info.
Downtown Tempe is about as close as youll get, and its nothing to write home about, really. Lots of bars, restaurants, etc, but nothing like youll find in the old historic downtown districts out East. Avoid that area like the plague when the Cactus League (MLB spring training) games are going on. Or after any ASU football game as well, unless you like hanging out with broski college type dbags.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:01 PM
 
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Downtown Tempe is about as close as youll get, and its nothing to write home about, really. Lots of bars, restaurants, etc, but nothing like youll find in the old historic downtown districts out East. Avoid that area like the plague when the Cactus League (MLB spring training) games are going on. Or after any ASU football game as well, unless you like hanging out with broski college type dbags.

I don't think Tempe, or even the Phoenix area, is what the OP is looking for. Perhaps this thread should be in the AZ forum.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I agree with you observer53. The OP did say Arizona but posted in the Phoenix forum. It would also be helpful if you would give an city example of what you're looking for. I have lived in Omaha and Minneapolis and spent plenty of time in small town Iowa where my family lives and nobody walks into town so I'm not sure what you mean.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Tempe downtown is contrived mostly. Scottsdale is almost entirely "phony". Glendale has a more authentic downtown, but it is quite small. Same with Mesa. The rest of the cities in the Phoenix area developed long after a downtown was the centerpiece. Prescott and Flagstaff both have what you are thinking of. Both are expensive places to live with few employment opportunities.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:36 PM
 
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Downtown Mesa reminds me of downtowns in small towns in Iowa. Restaurants, a comic book store, a guitar shop, a coffee shop. It's got potential.

Downtown Gilbert is pretty cool with all of the new restaurants opening there. (Have you been to Barrio Queen? OMG!) Love how they place looks new but still has an old timey downtown feel with some of the business signs, etc.

Downtown Tempe doesn't have that "small town" feel IMO. Great shopping and dining, but different.
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