We need MORE airports like these, not less. I find no comfort in metropolis style airports that are completely fenced in and have a rather antiseptic feel to them. I wish Meadowlark Airport in Huntington Beach, California was still open....it was where I fell in love with small planes and still miss it's presence.
Although not as old Ardmore Airport in NZ is only 67 years old and it used to have the third most aircraft movements in the southern hemisphere. Someone said the word "expansion" and the usual mentally challenged people that buy houses near to the airport rallyed against it got it stopped (All 20 of them). The tower closed and it is now a former shell of its former glory. Have been there recently a few times got bored with the very few people flying (Must be serious bored with aircraft need professional help). Every was time a beautiful cloudless day and even the warbirds were quiet. Out of three times one AT6 and once looked like a Strikemaster went overhead? Was a fantastic place to learn to fly - tower control, restricted airspace (Gun club nearby lol) Auckland Airport close, warbirds everywhere parallel grass runway (cool!) Gt Barrier Island 20 minutes away. Good old days will never forget.