Philadelphia V. The Burbs

I work in the suburbs. This past week some colleagues planned a happy hour in the city for a change of venue. It was like pulling teeth trying to get the suburbanites to get into the city. This dichotomy of city versus suburban folk fascinates me. Sure, my view is skewed in favor the city. I can’t imagine why young people wouldn’t want to come into downtown, at least some of the time. I can understand the logistical challenges of a suburbanite coming into the city–where to park the car? So we suggested the train. It was as if we spoke with forked tongues. El tren? Never!

When first moving into the city after college, I realized that there are firm camps of “city folk” versus “suburban folk.” I will never really understand the suburbanites, and they will never really understand me. But, at least I’m not afraid of going out to the suburbs, for the love of God.

5 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

    Last Saturday, a friend invited a couple of us to New Jersey for dinner, because she’s soon going to be moving from her adorable S. Philly rowhouse to a soul-less condo in Collingswood in order to live with her boyfriend. I can’t imagine any scenario where that would feel like an appealing option to me, even if the guy was the love of my life. I am SUCH a city girl.

  2. Anya (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    I love the city! It’s so full of culture. The suburbs seem bland to me. It’s like they live this drab life. I would never give up city life. This Philly girl is here to stay.

  3. Art (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    I think my mother says it best. There are two kinds of people in the world, city people and suburban people. And city people are better.

  4. Brandyn (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    Art, your mom is a wise, wise, woman. I think I’m going to have to use her line.

  5. Sucellus (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    I don’t get it. I lived in center city for 6 years. I liked living in the city, but I wanted grass and trees and space, because I’m from the south and thats what I like. I go out in the city all the time. I take the train in, I drive in. Its not that hard to find a space. Whats the big deal? The suburbs have something to offer and the city has something to offer. When we try and get our friends out to the burbs its always like pulling teeth, but once they are out there they like. Maybe I’m an anamoly.

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