What did you love about your childhood hometown?


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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

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.

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
What a waste of a vacation. Smh...
Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
Yeah, it's a shame but you're right Didge.
KB Baldwin
KB Baldwin commented
Also raised in a small town, Auburn CA. We were basically "free range" and wandered just about everywhere. There were limits tho. for example, we discovered we weren't allowed to try to climb the County Courthouse. Almost no one appreciated our "pirate" low wattage radio station either.
Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

The bushland and the rivers. I grew up in Gladesville, a suburb only 6 miles from the Sydney CBD, but there was much undeveloped land there and we spent most of our leisure time playing in the bush or catching tadpoles in the creek. But we were also situated between two rivers and often went fishing in one or the other. Good times.

It's now a crowded inner suburb and most of what we enjoyed is long gone, but the memories remain.

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
So fun to play outdoors! Good times indeed!
I regret the urban sprawl too.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
It was a different world, Happy. I can't complain. For the last 50-some years we've lived on the Blue Mountains where the development has been along the ridges so that we actually live in the middle of a national park. It's great! I only have to walk about half a mile to be out of the town altogether.
HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
Nice little corner of the world. Pretty picture! I hope to never live in a city again.
Barb Cala Profile
Barb Cala answered

I remember it was a family oriented town of about 20,000 people.  Kids were outside playing all day long.  The Fire Department blew a "whistle" at 6pm.  Kids knew it was time to go home for dinner.  Then we went back outside and we came in when the street lights went on at dusk.  We would walk into "town" to go to the Dime store and soda fountain and library.  We'd go ice skating at the lagoon in the winter and swam in the town's pool all summer.  It was just a lot of healthy activities.  At Halloween, we would go to so many houses to get candy that we filled up a couple large paper shopping bags!  Such nice memories.

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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

Michigan! It was cold!!

Veronica Dultry Profile
Veronica Dultry answered

My happiest childhood memories were made in San Diego, California. No matter where we lived the beach was 20 minutes by car. The weather was always mild and we spent all of our time outdoors. My favorite memories were those beach bonfires that we went to every weekend. Sitting with a towel wrapped around me, eating teriyaki, with my little burnt nose, watching my friends and family dancing around the bonfire, will always bring a smile to my face.

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otis campbell answered

their was a malt shoppe in the pharmacy and one hamburger joint in town . Now that town is a concrete jungle its sad

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
Oh, that's too bad. The malt shoppe sounds great!
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I went back a few years ago and spent a few hours walking about with a camera. I had to search for the memories: they were lost in all the changes.
Abigail Connor Profile
Abigail Connor answered

Two of my good friends lived near me, one across the road and one behind my house across the alley. It's a small town with a population of 900 something at the highest, tucked into a little Valley in the Appalachian mountains. Everything is in walking distance , there's only one stoplight in the center of town but somehow the borough had enough funding for a community pool. With all of those factors, my years were spent swimming during the day and sneaking out at night to find hidden spots around town (the bridge, the flagpole, and crabs creek, to name a few places) where everyone would hang out

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

Behind the public library was a playground. In it was an old fire engine, 1930s or 1940s era, that we were allowed to climb all over. We would pick out a book and then got to play in the playground.

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
What a great memory. There was an old fire truck in one of our parks that my son couldn't get enough of. I was so upset when they removed it!
Ancient One Profile
Ancient One answered

Yea we had lots of fun playing "stick-ball" on the streets, using the manhole as home plate. But my fondest memory was of exploration. For a nickel (5 cents) I could take the subway anyplace in New York City. I could wonder Times Square or the Bowery or  Coney Island, etc. As long as I got home before dinner. I was 7 and 8 when I could wonder. Then things changed and all wondering stopped. The city became too tough.

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HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
Thank you Ancient.
Before kids activities were all organized by adults, there was such joy in pickup games. We had to create rules for the environment. "If it goes down the ravine, you didn't hit/kick it THAT far, so it's a just a double."
It's a shame crime put an end to your wandering days so soon. It must have felt so free to have all of NYC to explore.
Danae Hitch Profile
Danae Hitch answered

The town I lived in growing up was about 2,000 strong. Everyone knew everyone else. We had free run of the neighborhood because neighbors looked out for everyone's kids. Walked or rode bikes everywhere. You knew your behavior on the streets was reported to your parents long before you walked in the door.

You could buy an orange soda for a nickel and you could get money back when you took the bottle back. So while being at home was hell, being on the streets with my sisters, my brother and my friends helped save me.

Kayleigh Hunt Profile
Kayleigh Hunt answered

Evryone likes freedom life specialy children.Web greatest store in the world is present for children. Hometown is the best place children. I spent hours in my children.

Nealious James Profile
Nealious James answered

there! My hometown was a coastal village by the south of the country and its
beaches were probably the best feature! We would go fishing at sea or by rivers
every weekend and would collect the fishes in an aquarium if they were too
small. It was also a very green and clean place compared to busier cities. I
still live there and do not intend to move that soon!

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