Although it is the largest town in the vicinity of Sharon's house, Leitchfield is still a small town in Central Kentucky. I took my first walk through the streets there early one morning on a clear day in August.
It was a nice walk, with a central county building surrounded by a large roundabout. The infrastructure that these buildings represent is often over a hundred years old, and yet it is enduring. In so many cities, these old buildings are being under-utilized, often sitting vacant. Activating this space with community organization is a worthwhile pursuit. In many towns we see no such efforts being made, but examples of people reactivating our old village/downtown culture are everywhere. The first example that comes to mind is The Flintopia, a community movement in Flint, Michigan. Urban permaculture groups like we see in Orlando also show what sorts of ways in which we can localize our inputs and outputs through creative cooperatives.
Projects like Roots of Change and Renewable Republic in San Antonio are also good examples of grassroots decentralization in progress. The Houston Free Thinkers and Conscious Resistance Network show us a wide variety of networking strategies for emerging community movements.
It's up to us to fix up our culture, and its realistic that we might change things at a local level. Community movements are emerging everywhere, each representing a piece of the puzzle we are trying to put together. A picture of a free, prosperous world. One old building, empty lot, or underutilized farm at a time.