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Old 01-11-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Here's a secret:

Neither urban nor suburban life are the key to happiness. Rural life is the way to go!

But, if I had to rank the three lifestyles, suburban life would come in a distant third. I find rural areas very appealing and interesting, urban areas very interesting but not appealing as a place to live, and suburban areas seem both uninteresting and unappealing as a place to live.
I do enjoy the serenity of rural surroundings. Had I been born with the means I could have seen myself owning a cabin on a lake somewhere (a calm lake with loons and low-key people, not the kinds of lakes which pervade with raucous drunks and such). Even so, I'm really more about the city. I love the hustle, bustle, and sounds of things like trains, buses, conversation, haggling, and all the good and bad which comes with it. Plus, I love people watching. But I will say the stars are quite fine in a rural setting.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Yeah if you consider manual labor most of your life as happiness, I guess if it keeps you busy enough to stop you from actually thinking about life then yeah anyone doing it would be happy or so they think. Also whats considered urban life in most North American cities isn't really urban on a worldly level anyway.
Nothing wrong with breaking a sweat. Certainly nothing wrong with pointing to something which required physical labor and saying, "I did that." You'll not find someone more committed to the life of the mind than me, but that's not where people find their worth. Ideas don't put food in the refrigerator and it seems the only people who can get paid to make things up are those who work in structured finance. I'd take a job which allowed me to work, get my muscles sore, and get home to a cold beer in celebration. Actually, I'd take a job of any kind.

And surely there is at least one North American city which fits into your strict standards of what constitutes a "worldly" or "urban" enclave?
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: NJ
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people, you realize the OP has no interest in really opening his/her mind up.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Cardboard box
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Because we want to live as far away from crack heads as possible
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Suburbia is good for raising kids.
"Grazing" kids in suburbia, IMO, is a form of child abuse.

If I had had kids, I would have exposed them to the harshest elements of life from infant onwards.

I grew up in a suburb in the 50's, and never saw a black or brown person until I was 21, when I left town for a bigger city. What an abusive childhood I had!
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:09 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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people, you realize the OP has no interest in really opening his/her mind up.
Oh probably, but sometimes a silly or stubborn OP creates a thread that somehow lead to a good conversation.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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"Grazing" kids in suburbia, IMO, is a form of child abuse.

If I had had kids, I would have exposed them to the harshest elements of life from infant onwards.

I grew up in a suburb in the 50's, and never saw a black or brown person until I was 21, when I left town for a bigger city. What an abusive childhood I had!
Suburbs are not exclusive to whites anymore. They are becoming more and more diverse.

I'm black, and I live and grew up in the suburbs all my life.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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"Grazing" kids in suburbia, IMO, is a form of child abuse.

If I had had kids, I would have exposed them to the harshest elements of life from infant onwards.

I grew up in a suburb in the 50's, and never saw a black or brown person until I was 21, when I left town for a bigger city. What an abusive childhood I had!
Wow! I can't imagine such an upbringing.. And to think I spent my whole childhood in over 50% black classrooms in the south suburb of Chicago!

The north suburbs are a lot more white than the south suburbs. But then again, the north side of the city is a lot more white than the south side of the city.

And yeah, some suburbs like Harvey and Maywood have some pretty harsh elements just like some parts the city.

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Old 01-12-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Because we want to live as far away from crack heads as possible
Unfortunately, crime and drugs and all that sort of thing do eventually tend to migrate to suburbs, at least in some areas.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Canackistan
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Unfortunately, crime and drugs and all that sort of thing do eventually tend to migrate to suburbs, at least in some areas.
True. In fact, I've seen some suburbs that are worse off then some inner city neighbourhoods.
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