|Corner of 18th Ave. and Dahill Rd.|
However, from 9 to 12, I lived on this street in Brooklyn:
|E. 33rd St.|
Brooklyn really does have a lot of beautiful tree lined streets.
Charlotte is well known for its trees. Here's the street my parents lived on for over 30 years:
But when I think of southern towns, specifically "downtowns", I don't think of trees. I think of neglected or repurposed department stores, hardware stores, banks and post offices. I used to travel Rt. 11 a lot from Charlotte to Asheville, and passed through Chesnee. This to me, typifies a classical southern town:
|Saluda, NC. Photo from orchardinn.com|
Tony is a sort of Alexander Payne in some ways. What Payne does in Sideways and The Descendants, Tony does in the rural south. The towns... the locals, the landscape, almost become a character in his films. Tony grew up in the town of Kannapolis, just outside of Charlotte, and his affection for the south shows in his films.
|Kannapolis, NC, just around the corner form the Gem theater, where Tony fostered his love for film|
|Chester, SC. Photo from the town's website|
|"Downtown" Ashland, VA, looking down South Center St.|
|Cross Bros. Grocery opened in 1912|
|S. Center Street, Ashland, VA. Photo from richmondthenandnow.com|
|Train Town Toy and Hobby. Photo from Flickr|
Shepherdstown, WV seems to have a nice balance of trees and building visibility: