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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I think we've made the same decision, albeit in the opposite direction. We all make choose what we want to live in and what we want to live near, and for now we like the bustle. We also know that if we want to frolic around in wide-open spaces, we can hop on the train to my sister's and goof around in the corn field. When we stay overnight, there's no light, no sound, just endless peace and nothingness in every direction. It's creepy as hell.

I would argue that my neighborhood in NYC is just as neighborhoody as any suburb, with the added bonus of proximity. When my son and I go out for bagels, Stacy and Prakma see us coming, and our bagels are sliced before we walk in the door. Elias knows our favorite four-top at the corner diner. When we do errands, my son hands the money to Kevin at the drycleaners, Norman at the drug store, and the amiable-but-cross-eyed guy at the laundromat. John at the meat counter always has a roll of Boar's Head press-on tattoos, which are a big hit with the under-4 set.

So when it comes to raising kids in urbania, don't knock it 'til you try it. It's remarkably easy when everything's only a few blocks away. And who lugs things to the park? Naturally, you're supposed to pile everything into your stroller, the ultimate status symbol of the city parent. It's the only way to make the scene, babe.

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It's getting close to the end of city v. suburbs week, and I thought maybe y'all should consider a third option:

What about smaller "university" towns that offer a lot of the same amenities as big cities (24 hour services for night-owl students, international restaurants, goos bookstores, great culture, art, and nightlife); I'm thinking Ann Arbor, Madison, Athens, Chapel Hill, Bloomington, Ithaca, Burlington, Eugene, or any of the hundreds of other little university towns gracing the landscape. Could there be a better place to raise kids? That's our ultimate goal, to get out of the too-urban environment of San Francisco and end up in a nice comfortable little college town somewhere where my wife can teach at the law school and I can write student papers on Madame Bovary for $20 a pop.

Posted by: Dutch | Jan 5, 2006 7:15:19 PM

Brilliant minds think alike, because that's exactly what we've been thinking. We like Ann Arbor and Madison a lot, and they're near family. Plus, college campuses are very inspirational. They make me feel smart.

One reason to stay in NYC, though: $20 is chump change. NYU students pay top dollar for that stuff.

Posted by: LOD | Jan 5, 2006 10:05:11 PM

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