Many web sites and magazines do an annual "best of" feature, so why not Cyburbia? My thought is to come up with a list of our favorite small towns. One for each state. The only criteria is population, and I will arbitrarily define a small city as under 25,000. As for the rest, maybe you like it for its layout, its amenities, its downtown, or whatever.
This is a call for nominations. Since there are a lot of states I will break it up into regions. The first is the northeast: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. I will put all of the nominations together in a survey later.
Woodstock, VT - The quintessential New England town. Set amid rolling hills. The downtown has a pretty commons flanked by 17th and 18th Century homes, and commercial buildings from a variety of styles up to the early 1900's. http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&r...ed=0CEgQsAQwBA
Bethlehem, NH - This town is a gateway to the White Mountains, not far from Franconia Notch. A prosperous little downtown is filled with art galleries amid shops for the locals. The Colonial Theater is a rare example of 20th Century Egyptian Revival. The town is the base for a successful business incubator promoting artisans and other small businesses - one of the best I have seen. http://www.bethlehemwhitemtns.com/
Bar Harbor, Maine - A tourist town, but still with plenty of authentic character. Acadia Park lies adjacent. Visit downtown for breakfast, hike, then return for a massage and coffee in the afternoon. I bought Roscoe (our recently departed dog) his favorite toy here at a shop called Bark Harbor. Take in some of the shingle style architecture in town and in the mansions along the shore. http://www.barharborinfo.com/