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June 18, 2009


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In my neighborhood, there are all kinds of families, too. And apartments are mixed in with million dollar homes.

I remember seeing photos of your backyard, and it is lovely.

Reluctant Blogger

Yes, you are right. Most neighbourhoods are mixed when you start to look properly.

Where I live is fairly middle class too (it is in a conservation area) but I like it because it is safe for my children. I feel they can have the kind of childhood I had because I can give them freedom and space to be on their own and explore. Socially I preferred it where I used to live (because the mix of people was greater) but there are nice people here who make me laugh - I just had to hunt them out and avoid the pushy parenting types.

I am not sure if this is suburbs or not. It's a bit different over here. I can walk to the centre of the city in about 20 mins but we are surrounded by woods and green space.


Such a great read Jenn!!!!
Your neighborhood sounds delightful to me!
Can I borrow a cup of FUN?

Mary Alice

Interesting. Your post got me thinking about my neighborhood. Though it is nice to live on a military base, simply because all your neighbors understand and are going through the same thing, and the convenient commute factor for work... it does make it sort of all the same. The demographic of base housing is made up of 25-45 year olds with children. There are no older people. There are no gay couples. It does not allow our children to see and really get to know a very diverse population.


I know what Deb means. I have lived in extreme country, and also smack dab in the city, and I have to admit, the quiet of the country felt a bit awkward to me. Now I live in the suburbs, but close enough to the city to get noise, culture, and interesting people whenever I want. Also, I would just like to live near a beach, so you are both lucky!!!

Maureen at IslandRoar

It's true. Most stereotypes are just easy ways to peg people. Once you go a little deeper it's not so easy.


You are right on with this. Without going into details, I am learning that if I look hard enough, there are lots of people in my suburban town who are not the stereotypical "suburban mom" that I thought they were.
I just had to open my eyes.


I've lived in many different neighborhoods. Downtown. Rural. Big city. Trailer in the country.

I guess all that has made me less stereotypical than most people.

Great post . . .


We have a wonderful mix of singles, young couples, older folks and those of us in varying stages of raising kids.


I wish my suburban surroundings were less "typical". They stereotype here is abundant. Scratching the surface doesn't seem to get you any deeper in my area. It makes me sad and makes me want more. Luckily, I have a few friends I count on for a deeper connection.


You want stereotypes? Come to my suburban neighborhood. Got them up the wazzoo! Majority? Hmmm..it's kinda close here! Seriously. Probably my little enclave of much older homes and a few others surrounding me also on the older end do not fit it, but hey, I can find 'em for you! Blond Bombshell Barbie mecca I call it ;-)

However, I completely agree with you that on a larger scale, those stereotypes mean nothing.

San Diego Momma

"Native habitat!"

That was snort-worthy.

I love you because you always make me look deeper.

Thanks, and here I come neighbor!


Mostly what I remember about the move to the suburbs was how much easier everything was. My sister said the same thing after moving to the 'burbs from San Francisco. Easier is very helpful during the child rearing years.


I tend to stereotype our particular area by saying that when we moved here, we brought the median income down. The million-dollar homes are what I often see, but there are all types out there when I open my eyes. What I truly miss is the diversity that we gave up in order to get excellent public schools for our kids.


True and there are those neighborhoods that you know staying away is much safer


Well said, Jenn.



I love my neighborhood, too.

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