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Could be Any Town in Smalltown America

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This view happens to be on the main street leading through Ripley, New York, but it could be any small town in America.

The view is looking west down the sidewalk that runs parallel to U.S. 20 not far from the Pennsylvania-New York border.

There is the ever-present post office, which in many towns is now a modern building. There is a collection of commercial red brick two-story buildings where much of the space is vacant.

And it is all there to see to anyone who drives through and is paying attention.

I made this scene on a Sunday morning when the streets were more empty than usual aside from passing traffic.

Even in the slow lane of small town America, there are always people who have places to go.


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