I loved the freedom to just walk all around the little town with no worries. We could walk all the way "up town" (about 2 miles) to get a pair of shoes, visit the soda fountain for a nickel Coke, get fresh roasted peanuts at the Nut Shop, breeze through Woolworths and W.T. Grants. The hobby shop was the greatest store in the world when I was a kid, I spent hours in there. We got our first pizza shop when I was a young teen, that's were I lost my pizza virginity and I've been hooked ever since.
No problem if it got dark out, every street had streetlamps and everyone left their porch lights on til they went to bed. It was a quiet little town, a perfect place to grow up.