We don’t like suburbs. We’ve figured out that much about ourselves.
But both the city and the country have attributes we celebrate.
Some things we like about the city:
- shopping & restaurants
- car-free lifestyle
- confluence of ideas
Some things we like about the country:
- open space
- clean air
- simple living
- hard work & honesty (which, yes, can also be found in the city, but both my parents & Lisa swear that the Amish/Mennonite work ethic that permeates our hometown results in a higher concentration of low-cost & high-quality workmanship)
I tend to more cherish the city values over the country values, and Lisa the opposite.
It’s possible that our ideal city doesn’t exist. Lisa has joked that she wants to live in a farmhouse across the street from a bustling downtown. Which means our ideal city might be Philadelphia from 1802 (albeit with modern conveniences):
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