- Dec 26, 2009
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Small towns are ok when you are raising kids. Not so for singles, and not after the kids leave unless you like to spend a lot of time maintaining your house and yard.
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We sold our suburban house and moved to the city as soon as our lawn mowers and snow shovelers went off to college.Small towns are ok when you are raising kids. Not so for singles, and not after the kids leave unless you like to spend a lot of time maintaining your house and yard.
Small western towns still have a bit of a pioneer feel and live and let live spirit. It's very different from small towns in the east, and even moreso than the neighborhoods of enforced conformity in the affluent suburbs. One block north of us, there is a house that is painted purple, with yellow and blue trim, and which has a sign proudly proclaiming it as "Musclecar Blvd". And it has muscle cars parked in the driveway and on the street. Supposedly, a fairly well off guy died and left his house to his redneck relatives, and thus Musclecar Blvd was born. There are actual block parties here, and once a year, for some reason, there is a neighborhood parade. The provenance is lost to time, and no one really knows if there ought to be a theme. It's really a whatever goes type of thing, but there always seems to be a flat driven by a tractor, and of course, kids in Hallowe'en costumes. Down the street is an old house with an amazing garden that has wooden carvings all over. There is a very thin red-headed lady in a green cloak who lives there with a pair of (I think twin) very thin brothers, one of whom is a sometime karate instructor. No one that I know really knows their deal, but they are known as a thrupple, in any case.A couple of friends of mine moved to Detroit and tell me there's a burgeoning arts and culture scene there. Nashville is also supposedly interesting.
I love big cities, but also feel many are just becoming slightly more compact versions of suburbs. The waves of gentrification and push for cleaner, more efficient, and frankly safer environments has made it more difficult to have grittier urban life, which used to be a boon for fringe culture.
On top of the devasting human loss in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, I also felt a loss for the music community there. When musicians dispersed into other areas -- some Texas, other parts of the South -- I didn't think they'd be able to hold on to that unique New Orleans jazz culture because they're so far apart. So far, I haven't seen anything replace it.
Every area of America has its own charm, even those old Revolutionary Road suburban houses. But so much culture traditionally has come from those bustling, gritty urban environments. Sometimes I wonder if there won't be ripple effects for culture writ large as these centers become increasingly more one-note.
I did see those articles and they had content that I didn't see elsewhere on those attacks, so well done DM.Dailymail was really on point for the recent attacks; they had an article about the guy using a tusk and another one about a convicted murderer intervening to save people. Site is annoying though, you just want footie results or you enjoy their coverage?
I think that the bedroom communities around big cities are very different from small towns. My brother-in-law owns a McMansion in some affluent neigbourhood in the LA area, and while the house is... nice enough? it sounds like slow death to me. There is really nothing else around, and no one on the streets, ever.talk to my wife, I'm ok moving to the burbs but she think that's death for her (we both grow up in big cities in Asia)
As a guy who started a blog called Die, Workwear, and then ended up wearing workwear, I'm greatly offended by Kondo's 180 turn.Did anyone mention that Marie Kondo is now selling a ton of housewares, so that you can replace oyur joyless crap with crap that sparks joy? And if it doesn't you can purge and replace again?