This post over at Jim Kunstler’s place reminds me of Silver City for some reason:
The towns along way — Salem, Granville, Fair Haven — may be even sadder than the farms. All civic vitality seems to have been drained out of them by a persistent wasting disease. Little of any value has been built in decades, and certainly nothing with any beauty. Here and there gas stations bloated into snack marts vie for supremacy of the highway intersections, but the little downtowns with their vacant storefronts echo with loss and grief.