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She hates the burbs!

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis May 23, 2012 08:45 AM

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What's your choice: Sticks or city living?

I'll let Twirlygirl get the debate going this morning. She and her husband have one child and love living in the city. Even as bargain prices beckon from the 495 belt and beyond, she's determined to wait until they find the right place in Boston or Cambridge.

For Twirlygirl, it's a matter of sanity and even of being able to be "good mom."

The suburbs, with few exceptions, fill me with ennui. I would be rather miserable and wouldn't be a good mom if I was living too far out, far from the ability to get into the city, far from what feels like being alive. My husband mostly feels the same way.

No mincing words there.


Here's Twirlygirl again:

Some of us actually *like*, and prefer city living. Some of us *like* not having super-large yards, woods, and non-walkability. Some of us *like* being able to walk 5 blocks to the local grocery store, a cafe, the dry cleaner, our kids' school, a subway (not commuter rail, not bus) stop, etc. Some of us *like* to bike to work. Some of us *like* living in a diverse community.

And here's the rest:

I'm 45. I've lived in the suburbs (grew up there, and then after grad school I was exiled in on Long Island (most of the people who loved it there called it heaven) for 8 long months. I've also lived in cities: Chicago, the near environs of Boston. As a child, I was the rare one who actually went into the city, with my European city-born and raised father. I learned to get excited as we drove in on the highway and I could begin to see the skyscrapers and their bright lights, and I imagined the activity, and the lights, and the restaurants, and the people, and the *life*.

The suburbs, with few exceptions, fill me with ennui. I would be rather miserable and wouldn't be a good mom if I was living too far out, far from the ability to get into the city, far from what feels like being alive. My husband mostly feels the same way. We both like that he can bike to work, pick up coffee on the way, and that we barely have to use our car unless we choose to go somewhere that isn't walking or T'ing distance.

We have one young child, unlikely (except by a miracle ;) -- we're not into technological solutions in this case) to have another, and we'll make it work no matter what. We're happy to wait until we decide that we've found the right compromise, either in Cambridge, or in a near semi-burb (not *in* Boston, and I can give plenty of anecdotal evidence as to why... it's the schools.).

Some of us actually *like*, and prefer city living. Some of us *like* not having super-large yards, woods, and non-walkability. Some of us *like* being able to walk 5 blocks to the local grocery store, a cafe, the dry cleaner, our kids' school, a subway (not commuter rail, not bus) stop, etc. Some of us *like* to bike to work. Some of us *like* living in a diverse community.


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