Walnut Iowa, just of I-80, used to have a nice little downtown that was well-kept and had many antique shops and a couple of cafes. Obviously, most of the shop owners have given up. The downtown is shabby, with many storefronts empty or with stores that are never open. In addition, other than Forget-Me-Nots and the Granery Mall the stores are crowded, the merchandise dirty, the cafes are long gone and the place just projects the overall impression of a town that has seen better days. This is really too bad, because I used to love to stop here when traveling, but these days I rarely bother and even when I do stop--it doesn't take more than an hour to hit the stores that are still there (and are worth going in to).