• Where To Live? Urban vs. Sub(urban)

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    On my last post, both Gigi and Chitowngirl both suggested that we look for housing in the suburbs of Chicago. Their prevailing reason is, of course, the lower cost of housing. But the square footage of housing isn’t the be-all-end-all for reasons to live somewhere. Personally though, as long as we don’t have kids, I don’t want to move to the suburbs.

    On the contrary to Chitowngirl’s comment that we’re not south siders, I grew up in the near southwest suburbs of Chicago. Heck I’m even a White Sox fan. I’ve seen what there is in the burbs. And I don’t particularly like it.

    Here’s a few reasons why I love living in the city so much:

    - On the first day we moved into our apartment, our upstairs neighbor welcomed us with Ann Sather cinnamon rolls. We’ve been good friends ever since.

    - On Sunday mornings we go to the corner liquor store to buy a newspaper. The Mediterranean owner calls Her “sweetheart” which we both find endearing. He even offered save a newspaper for us if we come in late. We have yet to take up that offer.

    - I don’t need to own a car. I sold may car a few months ago and now rely on public transportation. When we need to go on grocery trips or out of town, we use Her car, which we only put >10,000 miles a year on. Everything in the burbs is too scattered to not own a car.

    - I don’t have to drive home from the bars. Whenever I drive by a bar in the burbs I see parking lots. That is seriously not a good combination.

    - My friends live all around me. Not only that, there are thousands of social events in the city that would put me in touch with people my age, with my interests. The burbs are less friendly socially.

    - Running outside is safer, or at least, more scenic. And no one walks in the suburbs! And if they do, it’s dangerous.

    - There seems to be more volunteer opportunities that put me in direct contact with the less fortunate. That’s my favorite way to volunteer.

    - The cuisine offers more that Red Lobster, Applebee’s, and Outback Steakhouse. I can eat Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean. French, Spanish, or American food without having to travel more than a mile.

    Yes, a 1,000 square foot condo in Chicago may cost $300,000. What price would you put on culture, convenience, and community?

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