Which of you Cyburbanites love the suburbs?!
I grew up in the 'burbs and loved it! All the complaints of it being an auto-oriented hell do not ring true to me. I had many freedoms and my parents let me go practically anywhere I wanted. Perhaps they were a little too permissive, but I was the youngest of 4 that spanned 11 years between myself and my oldest subling, so I'm sure my parents were too tired and already broken-in by my more mischevious older sublings. I was able to ride my bike to the comic book store, to the many 7-11s to buy baseball cards, to the video arcade, to the toy store to gawk at all the Kenner Star Wars toys, to the mall that was 5 miles away, and to practically anywhere else I could have dreamed! I don't know what it is about these complaints from planners and self-assumed urbanites who constantly deride the suburbs. Sure, as an adult, the driving does get a little crazy, but it's quick and convenient, even though its a tad bit expensive when considering gas, maintenance, and insurance.
Was I bored in the suburbs when I was at home and not on my bike? Not that I recall. I don't think I was spoiled, but I had plenty to keep me entertained at home and had plenty of friends in the neighborhood. Plus I had 3 older siblings to harrass!! Maybe I had a weird imiganition and was too much of an introvert reading my comics, Highlights, and Electric Company magazine, but for some reason, I don't have bad memories of suburbia. Am I an anomoly, or have familes and values changed significantly in the past 20 years? I have no children of my own, so admittedly, I am not too keen on the new pressures and issues that affect children and families these days.
So what's up about all those complaints about the so-called American Suburban Hell? Was my situation and family experience unique or am I missing something here? Suburbia rocks!!!