I’m a city girl.
Not the cool kind of city girl who wears hip clothes and goes to trendy club openings and works for an event planner or whatever, but it’s still who I am. I’m “urban” in the sense that I was born and raised in the heart of DC and went to school for four years on the south side of Chicago – not in the sense that I’m a gang member or anything.
But, after so many years of living and learning and working in a major metropolitan area, I’m totally clueless when it comes to understanding the rest of America. Sure, I’ve traveled a ton, but the idea of people growing up in a place without public transportation or a Starbucks across the street is utterly foreign to me.
Admittedly, hate is a pretty strong word. I don’t HATE the suburbs, buuut it’s easier to title this post “4 Reasons I Hate the Suburbs” than “4 Reasons the Suburbs Kind of Give Me Icky Feelings Inside Even Though a Lot of People I Know Who Are Cool Grew Up There”.
Anyway, here’s why the suburbs are uber lame in my opinion:
- If you live in the suburbs and you want something, you have to get in your car and drive. I despise driving.
- The suburbs are all the same. If you’re in the city, every view is different. No matter which way you turn it’s like, there’s an office building, there’s a park, there’s an embassy, there’s a strip of restaurants and bars and patios. Not so in suburbia. There you’ll see an endless loop of perfectly manicured front yards and pothole-free roads and medium-sized homes spaced the perfect distance apart and perfectly manicured front yards and pothole-free roads and medium-sized homes spaced the perfect distance apart and perfectly manicured front yards and pothole-free roads and medium-sized homes spaced the perfect distance apart and…
- Your closest food options are Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, and Olive Garden. (I’m sorry to be a food snob here, but blegh.) Maybe if you drive another ten or fifteen minutes on some major highway you’ll hit a hole-in-the wall Korean restaurant known for its authentic kimchi or something quirky like that, but mostly the suburbs are home to the kind of dining establishments that serve mediocre food in massive quantities. Amurrrica.
- You might never leave. I feel like it’s all too easy to get complacent in the suburbs. You have your big house and your two-car garage and the good public schools and you just fall into a routine of averageness.
If you live in the suburbs and you love it, well, good for you. It’ll just never be my cup of tea.