In the town that I grew up in We had as kids three Baseball Fields, if one was in use we could easily walk to another, at least two good areas to play Football, a Tennis count, two Basketball courts, a lake to fish in and retrieve a well hit baseball hit to right field that landed at the edge of the lake, rolled down hill and splash. For some reason nobody wanted to go in and get wet.
There were three Bakeries, one made really good apple tarts, the other great cakes and also at the side entrance gave us left over dough to use as fish bate. A real hardware store, were you could get just the right replacement screw instead of the bubble packs you now buy and none of which has the screw you need. A TV repair shop, a Drug store with a real soda fountain, and if you asked would give you an extra shot of root beer syrup. There were two, no make that three Delicatessens and a bunch of other small stores.
All of this was within walking distance of the house that I lived in. Slowly the kids that I knew moved away, the Mall put most of the stores of business, the playing fields became fenced in buy organized sports (Little League, Midget Football and others). The School expanded and gobbled up a football and baseball field along with a basketball court.
Itís not the town that I knew any longer, but maybe just maybe somewhere there still is a town like my home town.