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Old 02-05-2014, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by nei View Post
I wouldn't consider the North Jersey locations you listed as "suburbs" (except for Edison), they're old, often post-industrial cities. See my post here:

What does "suburb" mean to you?
I think I made that distinction pretty clear in my post.

Still, Edison, Maplewood, Montclair, Woodbridge, Red Bank, etc are far from post-industrial.

More to my point, If I live in Bradley Beach and ride my bike to a taqueria in Asbury Park (a diverse town by any measure) is it really accurate to say that the suburbs don't have any diversity? If the benefits of diversity are having access to the cultural amenities that it offers what difference does it make where the municipal boundary lies? I'm not driving to Queens to get good Mexican food. I'm riding my bike for 2 minutes. Does it really matter if I live in 07720 and not 07712? How about if I cross the street from Tinton Falls into Red Bank?

Would people say the same thing if I lived in 19127 and had to go down to 19147 to do the same thing?
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:09 PM
Location: Mt. Airy
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Originally Posted by Katiana View Post
^^I agree with the first sentence in your last paragraph. The second, not so much.
How would you characterize suburban development?
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:37 PM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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That's hard to answer. As many have pointed out, the burbs can have high density, businesses,even factories. They can have multifamily housing. Out west here, virtually all suburbs have sidewalks. Many times, you need a sign to tell when you've crossed from the main city to a suburb. Maybe the people who think the burbs are fundamentally different from the city should tell us how that is.
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