The other day HB and I were talking about cities vs. rural vs. suburbs, and it made me realize that I absolutely do not like suburbs. Since moving to the Columbus area I’ve come to terms with the fact that I enjoy living in or near cities. Granted, Columbus, Georgia isn’t exactly a sprawling metropolitan area, but it still falls under the city column.
Suburbs seem to lack anything that makes them unique. You’re typically in a decent location to raise kids, the properties aren’t too expensive, you’re still close enough to the city if you need to commute, but you’re also far enough away that the hustle and bustle of city doesn’t affect your day-to-day life. So, yeah, suburbs definitely have their benefits, but they’re just so…vanilla. Which is great for a lot of people, but super boring for others. Because suburbs are located between the two extremes they kind of combine a lot of their aspects: easy shopping for almost everything, as well as nature preserves and parks for exploring. But what makes it unique? The plethora of mini-van driving soccer moms with the “can I talk to your manager” haircut? I mean they’re certainly unique to suburbs, but no. Suburbs lack what rural towns and cities seem to have: their own air about them that makes them interesting.
That being said, rural towns all seem to have the same air of uniqueness: a sense of community, hard work, adventure, and simplicity. In a lot of rural towns it’s hard to make a living so there’s a lot of decaying buildings, and even entire towns. That being said, there’s also a sense of simplicity. Depending on your town life is a bit more simple and slower paced. Simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy, though. Nature is also a lot closer; which, if there isn’t a lot to do in your town becomes where you go to have fun. In Dahlonega if you wanted to do something (movies, mall, dinner that wasn’t on the square or fast food) a lot of times you needed to drive at least 20 minutes, so entertainment is hiking. Nature becomes your playground.
Cities don’t have nearly as much nature. Of course some cities have more natural space than others: Atlanta, for example. But what makes cities interesting is that each one has its own special air of uniqueness. Some are obvious, like New York or New Orleans, and others not so much. [Herrball says Atlanta. He says there’s nothing about it that makes it special. I think you need to spend more time in certain cities to figure out their specific aura] Cities are great, because there’s always something going on if you want to do something. There’s always somewhere you can go and sit and just watch people go by. If you do that in a suburb someone is going to call the cops on you, because what creep sits outside a Walmart for several hours watching people…clearly you’re up to something. And while there’s a lot of porch siting in rural towns you aren’t really doing a lot of people watching. Bird watching, maybe.
I’ve lived in a suburb most of my life (and grown to not really enjoy it), a rural town during college (although it wasn’t too rural because of the college), and now a city (not really a “real” city, but close enough). I’m definitely biased, because of my previous and current homes. My opinions may change in the future as I move around more, and leave the U.S, because my experiences are pretty limited to geographical location. I, of course, mean no offense if you love suburbs, or have a different opinion than me.
Where is your favorite place to live: city, suburb, or rural town?