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Old 03-28-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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Anyone who lives in the city can call themselves an urbanite no matter where they were born.
I live in the city but do not call myself an urbanite simply because I do not care.
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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I think being an "urbanite" refers more to the kind of lifestyle that you prefer. It could be a continuation of what you grew up with, or it could be the total opposite.

I grew up in the city and prefer city living, although I have lived in other types of areas, too.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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I hate to sound snotty, but hey its the internet.
How many of you adults here ,who consider yourselves hip because you live in a city, where actually born and raised in a city? Because in my opinion, any SUV driving suburbanite could move to the city and consider themselves an "urbanite."

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I grew up in a smaller area 220 miles from Chicago, and decided when I was 16 that I'd end up in Chicago after college. I finished up school when I was 22 and moved here right away. That was around 8 years ago, and I'm perfectly fine with the situation. I can tell I was personally destined to be living in the middle of a very urban area.

I guess I concider myself an "urbanite" because it's the type of lifestyle that I prefer.

I didn't move to the city so I could call myself "hip". That's presumptuous, and yes, did come off a little snotty.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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I always say my hometown is Newark, but I was technically born in Jersey City Hospital.

So my birth certificate says Jersey City.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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IMO a true urbanite must be born and raised in a city, attend farmer's markets every sunday (on bicycle), listen to ani difranco, inform strangers about earth hour, have hair contrary to their gender, and quote books they have not read. also, they must go on C-D at least 5 times a day to display their true urbanity.

edit: if someone doesn't do this they may be an urbanite, but not of a true dense city with good mass transit.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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Hear, hear.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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IMO a true urbanite must be born and raised in a city, attend farmer's markets every sunday (on bicycle), listen to ani difranco, inform strangers about earth hour, have hair contrary to their gender, and quote books they have not read. also, they must go on C-D at least 5 times a day to display their true urbanity.

edit: if someone doesn't do this they may be an urbanite, but not of a true dense city with good mass transit.


lol I don't think all people raised in the city are like that. When I went to school in Maine, most people I knew were from really small towns in Maine--they listened to Ani Difranco. No one I knew from NY ever listened to her.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:09 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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People can't help where they're born. IMO, if you move to the city as soon as you have a choice of where to live, you're a true urbanite.
I concur, soon as I was done with college I did this. My parents moved *out* of the city to raise me. I'm definitely not a hipster type... I just don't like car culture and living in middle of nowhere or some small suburban city. I like the city and the outdoors or very small towns though... but not much in between.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Born and raised a few miles outside of downtown Milwaukee, moved to the country for high school, and hated it, then moved back!
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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I don't think anyone born in a city would call himself an urbanite. Self-proclaimed urbanites tend to be white middle-class kids born in the suburbs who buy into some sort of hipster cult. They're a bit scary.
Oh the White Middle Class suburban kids. How many sins they continue to commit.
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