A freind of mine showed me this article today. It is a first person point of view from several families that moved out from NYC to the NJ/NY suburbs hoping to "find" that suburban life but continue to be city people.
A couple of interesting quotes -
"I can't wait 15 minutes in a bagel store to get two bagels," he said. "I can't have people looking at me like I'm crazy when I walk in and put a quarter on the table to get my paper and walk out. I go home and there's, like, people doing their lawn every five minutes. They seem like normal people but they spend, like, hours working on their lawn."
"Mr. McCaul suffered through the suburban version of the Freshman 15, putting 10 to 15 pounds on his normally thin frame, which he attributed to his mostly nonpedestrian lifestyle."
"The suburbs have some way of sucking the city out of you."
"But they failed to integrate into the community - in large part because they couldn't find it."
"We lived in a cul-de-sac and it was lovely but if we biked off the cul-de-sac, we were on these beautiful country roads that were curved so that bike riding on them wasn't so safe. We realized we were far safer going to Central Park, really playing with the kids and having our picnic, especially in the summertime."