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Hipsters face suburban backlash

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis April 22, 2014 08:31 PM

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Urban neighborhoods are oh so hip right now.

And lets face it, the hipsters that tend to flock to any one of the the hot "squares" can be more than a little insufferable at times, convinced their lifestyle choice - no car, electric mower, you name it - is somewhat inherently superior to the dullards out in the burbs.

All you need to do is tune into FrankF, a comment board regular who is clearly convinced the world revolves around Davis Square.

By contrast, suburbanites are defensive or downright sheepish when trying to explain why they chose Marlborough or Littleton over Cambridge. So sorry about my gas guzzling, space hogging, capitalist pig lifestyle, but I just didn't have a choice given what real estate prices are like now.

But not snacks234 - love that pen name!

Let's just say snacks is as committed to life out on in the wilds along 495 as his alter ego on the comment board of this blog FrankF.

Here's what snacks had to say the other day about the dissing of the suburbs in the comments below my blog post on signs the burbs may be making a comeback.

"Wow. I can't believe the outer towns/suburbs slamming that is going on here. Hello! Talk about Bostoncentric, writes snacks. There is much that I love about living away from city life--with the lower class rabble as many of you on this blog would call us."

So why send two hours a day in a car, driving to and from work.

Well here's why, explains snacks:

"1) I wanted to live in a rural area (quiet, glorious quiet, garden, stars in the sky, friendly neighbors that I know, my own ginormous porch) but didn't want to give up my job, which I enjoy 2) I wanted certain things in a house that I couldn't afford living closer -- yard, trees, woods, plenty of space in the house, and within walking distance to town, although not groceries (but hey, I drove to the grocery store once a week when I lived in Somerville) 3) I don't care a whole lot about culture but I wanted some, I wanted BOTH the city and the country -- I wanted two spouses."

Go snacks, go!


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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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