Neighborhood Values (or Why I Don't Want to Live in the Burbs) - Page 3
This issue is not just about money and affordability. The old timers around here didn't spend a fortune to live here, adding to the diversity of the neighborhood. We have a mix of renters, singles, retirees, families. This is what we like about the area, not the fancy renovated house. We just wanted an old house in an old neighborhood where we could walk and be close to downtown. We've always lived this way. The one time my family lived in the burbs where there were rules about paint color and types of grass and visible basketball hoops, we all hated it. The house was fine. The streets were safe. But daily life felt oddly like a Hollywood set. Living among so many covenants and restrictions went against the grain of how my parents raised us, to embrace our individuality. Suburbia, sprawl, sameness. Gives a whole new meaning to neighborhood values.
An original Deep South Moms blog post.
Ilina chronicles life with her 2 sons at Dirt & Noise, where she posts a weekly cocktail recipe called 5:00 Fridays. She's a marketing consultant, food lover, and dog spoiler.