Oil City, Pennsylvania

This now small town in western Pennsylvania is fairly typical of many areas in Pennsylvania west of Philadelphia. In general, they've seen better days and more employment. These towns are probably more charming to us than to their residents, because for us they represent "the old days"—often not having changed physically in a hundred years, but for their current residents, they represent "the old days," back before there were the McDonald's and K-Marts and Pizza Huts that everyone else gets to have. Big small towns like Oil City have both the ubiquitous WalMart and also the aforementioned chain stores, but big or small, the small town city centers are ghost towns. Prosperity is just around the corner, and there are some needy but cute places anxiously waiting.