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View Poll Results: What are your feelings towards "the suburbs?"
I hate them very much. I hate almost everything about them. 26 16.35%
I don't care for them, but thats just my personality. No biggie. 65 40.88%
I like them. 44 27.67%
I love them, and could never live in a rural/urban area. 10 6.29%
Other. 14 8.81%
Voters: 159. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-12-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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True. Do you think that almost everyone would "hate" the urban sprawled cookie cutter ones though? The final frontier before rural America begins?
Actually many people would love the sprawled cookie cutter ones, although maybe not here on CD, LOL! Many people are more concerned about the quality of life, the shopping (malls!) & the schools in an area rather the actual physical development of the area which we debate here on CD. To each his own I guess!
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:10 PM
 
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Actually many people would love the sprawled cookie cutter ones, although maybe not here on CD, LOL! Many people are more concerned about the quality of life, the shopping (malls!) & the schools in an area rather the actual physical development of the area which we debate here on CD. To each his own I guess!
Those are usually the ones where prices are most affordable...and are furthest from the city...and are perceived to be the safest.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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Hate most of them. A few older "street car" suburbs are ok. Like somebody said above, some older ones seem to be a bit more urban than newer ones.
Too many strip malls and chain stores for me.
I understand what you are saying and unfortunately a large part of my own Long Island is the "cookie cutter" and "too many strip malls" type. But we do have some downtowns and a few older villages started way before the suburban era. I love Babylon and I also recently drove through downtown Huntington. I could swear Huntington looks like a village upstate or a small town in a rural part of New England.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:13 PM
 
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yea, the suburbs that were built up from smaller villages are the ones I like more. Ones you can walk around.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:18 PM
 
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I understand what you are saying and unfortunately a large part of my own Long Island is the "cookie cutter" and "too many strip malls" type. But we do have some downtowns and a few older villages started way before the suburban era. I love Babylon and I also recently drove through downtown Huntington. I could swear Huntington looks like a village upstate or a small town in a rural part of New England.
It's the same in Atlanta...there are many suburbs that are older than Atlanta and were historically as large and important. Those suburbs have historic downtowns and older neighborhoods that are more defining than the newer subdivisions that seem to end up surrounding them. Decatur, Marietta, Stone Mountain, East Point, Lawrenceville, and several others - all fit that description.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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Those are usually the ones where prices are most affordable...and are furthest from the city...and are perceived to be the safest.
I had a customer in Jamaica, Queens a few months ago who told me she and her young family were going to buy a really nice house (5,000 square feet) in the Atlanta area after just selling her house in Queens. We here on CD make fun of the McMansions but you should have seen how happy this lady was - its her dream house come true.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Those would be the exurbs...and are generally the ones most people despise and discuss - often as if all suburbs are of that same mold.

There are many I'm familiar with that are very close to the city, and there is no real difference in most of these suburbs and other neighborhoods of the city. In fact, most cities have several neighborhoods that were formerly turn-of-the-century suburbs (or older) that have since become part of the city.
Exurbs huh? Better add that one to my vocab. Is there something anywhere online where it shows a generic map of a urban to rural layout, and everything in between? With all these types of terms describing the kind of areas there are one may live in?
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I like the older streetcar suburbs. The other, newer kind are not for me.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:28 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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It's the same in Atlanta...there are many suburbs that are older than Atlanta and were historically as large and important. Those suburbs have historic downtowns and older neighborhoods that are more defining than the newer subdivisions that seem to end up surrounding them. Decatur, Marietta, Stone Mountain, East Point, Lawrenceville, and several others - all fit that description.
Yeah, I am a civil war history nut so I am aware of many of these places. Decatur I think was larger than Atlanta at one point? There are other towns too, Rome, Dallas and Dalton. I am not one of the bunch who think the Atlanta area has no history or culture and is nothing but sprawl, lol!
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Exurbs huh? Better add that one to my vocab. Is there something anywhere online where it shows a generic map of a urban to rural layout, and everything in between? With all these types of terms describing the kind of areas there are one may live in?
An exurb is a region located outside a city and beyond the general suburbs...it's kind of the last frontier of the a city's metro area.

By contrast, an inner-ring suburb is very close to the city and older/more established...usually not the sprawly type.
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