― Trevor, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
London alternative: move to Brighton instead. The glut of demi-trendy
breeder-tendency kidult bourgie bohos MUST BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED.
― suzy, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Eh? This is hard to get. But I *think* you're saying: people
shouldn't move to the inner city, then leave again. Why the hell not?
Who are you to tell them what do to with their lives, for goodness'
― the pinefox, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― David Inglesfield, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― bnw, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Kerry, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
points: safe and suitable for walking, biking, and going on
vacation without locking the doorstrees and grassproximity to
stores and other people
Bad points:Not enough wilderness to be
really gorgeouslack of cultural events (school concerts are about
And worst of all, NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. There is a lovely
fun job I was offered today and I can't take it. Why not? Because the
rest of my family has places to go and we do not have multiple cars
or a goddamn BUS to get me there. I am really, really upset about
this. The only place I can work anytime soon is the grocery store.
― Lyra, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
I grew up in a suburb (bordering city) which was multicultural and
filled to the brim with Jewish intellectuals and faculty brats. You
only went private if from out of town and/or you suffered from
behavioural problems. 20/20 hindsight tells me it was great, but this
was the exception.
Still, I moved to NYC and then to London at first available chance.
― anthony, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tracer Hand, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Nude Spock, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
I HAVE WONDERED WHAT A CITY BABY WOULD BE LIKE?!?!?! City babies I met in college seemed well - adjusted though a
bit boozy and promiscuous.
― Mike Hanle y, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Sean, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Bill, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
What all this says is that a lot of people in South Essex and North
Kent - Richard Littlejohn country, the cliches are rooted in truth
I'm afraid - are consciously reacting to the multiculturalism of the
city from which they garner their wealth, and react by creating a
kind of aggressive white English state, a recreation of an imagined
monocultural outer London. And of course it's infinitely nastier and
pettier than those London suburbs ever were. London actually felt no
closer from there than it feels from South Dorset, which is a curious
state of affairs.
However I know other suburbs are nicer and more civilised places: the
parts of south-west London straddling the Thames (from blue to yellow
in one glorious thrust in '97) seem lovely to me. Colindale is OK.
Does Brighton count as a suburb of the "extended city of London" (cf
Hywel Williams in the Guardian late last year). If so, it's GRATE.
― Robin Carmody, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
I think that, broadly speaking, Robin's right - at least in terms of
voting habits etc of suburbs east of London and those of the suburbs
south-west of London.
I think (hope) that most of the NF activity was just a couple of nuts
rather than typical of the people where I live. The stickering was
quite frenzied (about 50 suddenly appeared over night covering
Worcester Park station. I actually know for a fact that there is/was
at least one active NF member who lived near me (I remember seeing a
picture of him at an NF rally in Searchlight and thinking "Blimey -
he went to the same school as me"). The NF opened an office in Epsom
but despite me living quite near Epsom, I have NO IDEA what it's like
(why would anyone get a train in THAT direction?).
Other scary far-right things that happened in my lovely south-west
Crazed nut phoned police after Brick Lane nailbomb claiming
responsibility (Edward Davey MP said the phone box should
Asian guy attacked by ten drunken yobs a few weeks ago in violent
On a more positive note, New Malden has something like the highest
concentration of Koreans outside Korea in the world. I'm not sure
why they love New Malden so much - it's not that good.
― jamesmichaelward, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― DG, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
since moving to a semi-urban area (St Louis), i enjoy it a lot less.
i'm hoping to move to NYC in about 2 or 3 years, and hopefully i'll
enjoy that more. i think the main problem w/ St Louis is the lack of
ANY type of worthwhile "scene", but that seems to be a whole new
thread topic. i simply moved to the part of the city i liked best,
and i'm a lot happier now.
while suburbans can be snobs, driving around in giant Sport Utility
Vehicles and partaking in Lawn Wars, fighting over who has the bigger
status symbol, most teenagers who complain about suburban life tend
to be boring individuals inthe first place, no matter what setting
you place them in. it's all about making the best of what you're
― mike j, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
The areas I had in mind are, I guess, further from central London
than the area where you live.
I have however always been struck by how much nastier and more
aggressive Toryism is when it's actually facing multiculturalism in
the face than when it's at a relative distance. So only very
recently have West Country Tory MPs become quite as nasty as the
south-east mob (Oliver Letwin and Adrian Flook are obviously far more
right-wing and far easier to hate instantly than Sir James Spicer and
Edward Du Cann were).
However all the points you make are true, and I only had a minority
(albeit a particularly aggressive and vicious one) in mind. I just
found it curious that the biggest Tory revival in terms of
Westminster seats was in East London / Essex (rather than in the
outer shires as had been generally expected) and was throwing a few
thoughts, perhaps overt generalisations, around.
― Robin Carmody, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Geoff, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― DG, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― dave q, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― matthew james, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Robin Carmody, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Of course, when I'm thinking of "suburbs" I'm thinking of places
where all the houses look exactly the same -- Levittown-style
stuff, where people give the streets fancy names to hide the fact
that they live in an utter and total corporate contrivance. But not
all towns near to cities are like that, of course, and it is not for
those that my withering stare is intended...
― Phil, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― travis bickle, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Robin Carmody, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ally, Tuesday, 4 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
My mom, as always, is an excellent example. Before she got married,
she was a woman so steeped in Italo-American Catholicism that she
sincerely thought she'd get struck by lightning if she committed one
measly sin. Moving twenty miles away from her parents, her family and
neighborhood allowed her some breathing space to silently question the
dogma she grew up with. Ten years later, she stopped going to church,
took birth control pills and started to think about divorce. I bet
something analogous is probably occurring right now to all the new
Indian and Asian immigrants (and their families) who now call Long
I have no problem with non-urban living, but the slavish attentions
suburbanites have paid to the dubious convenience of the automobile
have made humane suburban living well-nigh impossible. None of the
Long Island towns that essentially did not exist before William Levitt
are as anywhere near as lovely or even useful as the ones whose
layout show little influence of the automobile, such as Babylon,
Islip, Port Jefferson, Sayville, Montauk, Garden City or the Hamptons.
― Michael Daddino, Tuesday, 4 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Kris, Tuesday, 4 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― ethan, Tuesday, 4 September 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Dan I. (Dan I.), Wednesday, 9 April 2003 04:36 (10 years ago) Permalink
I want to believe.
― Mary (Mary), Wednesday, 25 June 2003 05:06 (9 years ago) Permalink
Where I live is in the official city limits. I need only walk a couple of blocks in one direction before I hit a major, well-traveled thoroughfare, and a few blocks in another direction before I hit a highway. Therefore, one could consider my neighborhood an "urban" one. Yet, all of the residences on my street have large front and back yards, are houses, are pet-friendly, and are largely quiet and separate entities from one another. Plus, we've spotted deer and peacocks around the area and have even had a deer come into our back yard. Therefore, one could also classify my neighborhood a "suburban" one. To complicate matters further, the actual suburbs that border San Antonio were largely rural towns in the not-too-distant past and do still sometimes have that countrified feel to them.
Maybe it's because I live in an area with a lot of growing pains and a heck of a lot of space to move around in (the city as of 2000 had an area of 333 square miles and it just keeps on growing outward). Approximately 50 years ago, the neighborhood I live in now was largely rural itself. But then the hospitals came, and the home builders decided to construct neighborhoods, and demand for housing in the area skyrocketed, and things just snowballed from there.
Hm. How fascinating do you guys find me? Maybe not at all, maybe somewhat, maybe very -- I have no clue. I would like to think I'm an interesting person who is worth getting to know, and I am a product of an environment that is a mixture of "urban" and "suburban", not to mention one that is purely driver-friendly (which is the case for the whole of the city, really). I drive a (small) SUV (a Chevy Blazer, a model of vehicle which existed L-O-N-G before the term "SUV" came into being), was educated on how to drive starting at 17, got my driver's license at 19, have never lived in an apartment before in her life, like gardening, love dogs, and sometimes harbor fantasies of living in London (where some of my fondest life memories took place).
Just stuff to think about, 'tis all.
― Innocent Dreamer (Dee the Lurker), Wednesday, 25 June 2003 23:23 (9 years ago) Permalink
Case in point:By the way that's not my house.
― David Beckhouse (David Beckhouse), Thursday, 26 June 2003 01:04 (9 years ago) Permalink
I haven't been there in just over ten years.
― Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 26 June 2003 01:35 (9 years ago) Permalink
This is outside of saint louis. The 'Laumier Park' mentioned is a sculpture park.
― teeny (teeny), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 10:39 (7 years ago) Permalink
I live on an old city street, but we have old, grand bungalos built in the 20s. And some stupid asshole "custom builder" just put up a travesty in an empty lot a few houses down from us. It's a big fucking garage, with 5 bedrooms and a greatroom. Stupid fucks. It doesn't match the neighborhood at all...
― DAVE, for #1 Hits of yesterday and today! (dave225.3), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 10:57 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Enrique IX: The Mediator (Enrique), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 10:58 (7 years ago) Permalink
― sometimes it takes an earthquake to know where the fault lies (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 11:37 (7 years ago) Permalink
― DAVE, for #1 Hits of yesterday and today! (dave225.3), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 11:41 (7 years ago) Permalink
― sometimes it takes an earthquake to know where the fault lies (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 11:44 (7 years ago) Permalink
Legacy Village- east side
― laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 12:11 (7 years ago) Permalink
― laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 12:14 (7 years ago) Permalink
― DAVE, for #1 Hits of yesterday and today! (dave225.3), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 12:18 (7 years ago) Permalink
It would be nice if there were buyers out there who were actually interested in building homes like that instead of the ugly, elbows-to-assholes mcmansions that are invading the suburban countryside and gentrification projects around the country.
― don weiner (don weiner), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 12:30 (7 years ago) Permalink
― salsa shark, Monday, 18 February 2013 08:14 (4 months ago) Permalink
are american suburbs more fun to grow up in than english ones? i imagine you spend your days zooming about on yr skatebaord and then go home and listen to hardcore. in the sun.
― the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Monday, 18 February 2013 10:04 (4 months ago) Permalink
They were awesome for the skateboarding years. Pure hell when I got old enough to want to go to shows.
― how's life, Monday, 18 February 2013 11:38 (4 months ago) Permalink
I grew up in a "suburban" part of a city - inside city limits but public transit was very limited and there was no commercial area within walking distance. It was good in some ways -a yard to play football in, places to build snowforts and sled, quiet, etc. I was pretty miserable as a teenager though when I couldn't get anywhere without taking a long bus ride to the metro -- 1hr trip to anything worthwhile. Although I guess that's better than not having it at all.
― space phwoar (Hurting 2), Monday, 18 February 2013 14:07 (4 months ago) Permalink
I spent my weekends in a planned community. Cul-de-sacs out the wazoo. Walking and biking paths snaking through the neighborhoods. Only two ways into the town. Playgrounds close by. That part of town where every street was named after a PGA golfer.
As a kid, my step-brother and I would enter a drainage tunnel and walk along through it to see where we'd come out at. Our local playground was this "tree-house", where there was a long tube with a ladder inside it that would lead to a circular platform, walled off with metal bars.
It must've looked pretty sharp when people started moving in during the late 70s, but by the time we were done with it around 1990, all that new had worn off in a bad way. All those houses with the wooden facades started looking pretty bad. Traffic was getting heavier, winding up and down those curvy streets to the cul-de-sac of your choice. Those walking and bike paths that went between and behind the houses were perfect for scoping out burglaries, peeping toms and even the occasional rape. People kept peeing down the tube of our "tree-house", so the community nailed plywood over the openings.
We went back over there recently for a Christmas party. There's a big five lane "loop" going around the city, mere feet from some people's backyards. They razed all the land around the lake my family would picnic at, so now it looks like this little pond surrounded by strip malls and Walmart Neighborhood Grocery. Those two routes into the city were clogged and I read that they're thinking about adding a third artery, if the state highway department lets them put in a new interchange on the interstate.
Instead of the planned "New Town" that the commercials for the place advertised, it looks now just like a regular town... albeit one that is choking itself through the shortsighted planning of that utopia that never quite came to pass. And it's STILL 30 minutes removed from any other city. I don't know why people still move out to those brick mini mcmansions on the slab. The crime is still there. The county property taxes are the same as in the "big" city. You can't see the stars at night. I honestly couldn't tell you what is the pay-out for all that.
― pplains, Monday, 18 February 2013 15:03 (4 months ago) Permalink
That part of town where every street was named after a PGA golfer.
We had a part of town where every street was named from Tolkein.
― how's life, Monday, 18 February 2013 15:25 (4 months ago) Permalink
A Frodo Lane, everybody wants one.
― pplains, Monday, 18 February 2013 15:50 (4 months ago) Permalink
haha I was just thinking "Out on my skateboard the night is just hummin'."
― s.clover, Monday, 18 February 2013 15:55 (4 months ago) Permalink
this is a good piece about the nutty vegas street names
― max, Monday, 18 February 2013 16:00 (4 months ago) Permalink
there's a road near me called 'good intentions road'
― 乒乓, Monday, 18 February 2013 16:01 (4 months ago) Permalink
I drove down it once and it got really warm inside the car
― 乒乓, Monday, 18 February 2013 16:02 (4 months ago) Permalink
― Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 18 February 2013 16:21 (4 months ago) Permalink
I like the vegas article
― iatee, Monday, 18 February 2013 17:04 (4 months ago) Permalink
did we talk about this? this seems like the right thread for it, somehow
― goole, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:33 (3 months ago) Permalink
lumping AK and HI into the continental states seems like a major error to me crossedarms.jpg
― goole, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:36 (3 months ago) Permalink
I think you mean contiguous, Alaska is still on North America, man
― ☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:04 (3 months ago) Permalink
― 乒乓, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:07 (3 months ago) Permalink
Some of the name choices are just dummmmmmb.
― The New Jack Mormons! (kingfish), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:08 (3 months ago) Permalink
keep looking for a state named "Candy" next to it
― ☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:08 (3 months ago) Permalink
Seems like a fun way to shake things up in the states, can we vote on this to be put into legislation somewhere
― sleepingbag, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:09 (3 months ago) Permalink
if you want to move you have to find someone in another state to swap with
― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:11 (3 months ago) Permalink
no they just redraw the borders every day
― iatee, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:14 (3 months ago) Permalink
― iatee, Wednesday, 5 June 2013 18:19 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
― goole, Wednesday, 5 June 2013 18:23 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
― I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation (Bananaman Begins), Thursday, 6 June 2013 14:01 (1 week ago) Permalink
cool jpg man
― iatee, Thursday, 6 June 2013 14:03 (1 week ago) Permalink
― stefon taylor swiftboat (s.clover), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:07 (1 week ago) Permalink
Me too, btw. Keep that shit outta here.
― how's life, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:09 (1 week ago) Permalink
That NYT article is the sort of bullshit that newspapers can't resist, even when they know there's nothing real there. On a par with something headlined "Do Blondes Really have More Fun?"
― Aimless, Thursday, 6 June 2013 18:40 (1 week ago) Permalink