Amusing article by Emily Badger from The Atlantic where she explains why life in the city is better, the stigma associated to suburbanites who don't know the "culture" of downtown and how she is absolutely not a suburbunite (honest!).
The city was innately virtuous because it had different kinds of people and more museums and a Chinatown. And if you were not willing to go through the occasional weapons inspection to win access to all of that, then clearly your priorities were wrong.
Correspondingly, I learned growing up that these are the things that did not reflect well on a person: Not knowing how to use public transit. Not knowing how to parallel park. Having a front yard. Knowing where the mall is located and what takes place inside of one. Knowing no one who has ever been mugged. Living in a home that looks identical to your neighbor's. Looking, yourself, just like all your neighbors.
I never thought to articulate exactly what this awful sin was that living in suburbia said about someone (that such people are insular? homogenous? uninteresting? have too much money?). But I was sure the suburbs could permanently mar the very personality and character of everyone who lived there. And in all my fretting about this distant place, I nursed a silent, quaking fear that the worst fate that could befall an urban kid as a grownup would be to move there.
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