Rollin Wildhorse Posted 5 months ago Can small towns learn how to be more efficient from larger cities? I live in a small town & I love it! Everything is here and it is all within walking distance! Everything! I can walk to the grocery store, the dollar store, the pharmacy, get a pizza, McDonald's or Taco Bell, everything is close by. We have a movie theater and a thrift store and a car dealership. I lived in Texas for a lot of years and they don't have towns like this there. This is a college town with about 3000 people (8000 when the college students are here). It's great for the college kids w/o cars and also the old people (who also don't have cars). Everyone walks when the weather is good! The college has a couple of windmills (3) that provide maybe 12% of the electricity the college uses (on a windy day). Some houses have solar and there are energy efficient changes being made to the city infrastructure. Most larger communities (like Denton, TX -- been there!) prefer mass automobile traffic to foot traffic. Here in the midwest, it's like shopping mall foot-traffic all over town. Many of the old folks have 3 wheel bicycles w/baskets for shopping bags. The movies are kind of lame sometimes, but there are two Redbox vendors in town.