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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, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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What is the general feeling you have about "the suburbs?"
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I love the NYC suburbs. Close enough to the city, more urban than most suburbs around the country, so you still have that slight urban feel. I'm moving to Nassau county on Long Island, which everyone says is the new Queens. You get to have a decent sized hard and house, but also a quick train ride to midtown with many buses and trains around.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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It depends on the suburb...some are acceptable, some aren't. Some determining factors are: proximity to the city, transit stations, character, amenities, traffic, etc.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Smile Not all suburbs are generic cookie cutter sprawl.

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It depends on the suburb...some are acceptable, some aren't. Some determining factors are: proximity to the city, transit stations, character, amenities, traffic, etc.
I agree with what you and Rachel in her post are both saying. It really depends on what suburb you are talking about - and there are some for almost everyone. For those who like it, there are even suburbs that are denser than many cities.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I agree with what you and Rachel in her post are both saying. It really depends on what suburb you are talking about - and there are some for almost everyone. For those who like it, there are even suburbs that are denser than many cities.
True. Do you think that almost everyone would "hate" the urban sprawled cookie cutter ones though? The final frontier before rural America begins?
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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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.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I voted for "I like them" because even though I love them, I could also live in an urban setting (Have lived in nyc proper 2 times in my life).
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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An unnatural attempt to capture the qualities of the city with that of the villages and rural communities, which just results in an unholy bastardization. The suburbs, being completely planned and manufactured, are obviously not fit for natural human existence without an aid like a car.

This obviously doesn't apply to older suburbs, that actually did develop naturally and are human friendly. There are a small few suburbs that I have been in that I would actually consider at least marginally livable and aesthetically pleasing. Even then I still wouldn't want to live in them. Not until I'm at retiring age and they come to haul me off.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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There is a Chicago suburb, Oak Park, which is actually older than the whole west side of Chicago. Chicago grew out to it.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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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?
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.
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