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  •  As I understand it (6+ / 0-)

    the appeal of the suburbs for working professionals and union workers is that you can have a 3-bedroom house with a yard on a middle-class income, while living within an hour's commute of an employer who will pay you a middle-class income. Going rural would mean giving up the job (or contributing to exurban sprawl), while going urban would mean giving up on homeownership.

    For the lower-middle-class, the appeal is that you can rent an apartment or townhouse in a middle-class school district with a bedroom for everyone and still afford to eat.

    The upper-middle-class can have a McMansion in a gated community that looks sort of like a mass-produced knockoff of the city neighbourhoods where the truly wealthy live. I'm not entirely sure why this is preferable to a condo or smaller house in an upper-middle-class city neighbourhood - this is the one that makes the least sense to me.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:28:36 AM PST

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    •  labor/work availability and sense (3+ / 0-)
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      of wide open spaces, seems like a pure American distillation.

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      by ornerydad on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:23:22 AM PST

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    •  hey there! (3+ / 0-)
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      This is precisely why I live in in Torrance when I'd much rather live in the Santa Monica/Sunset/Hollywood corridor. I can rent an equivalent apt here in the 70's suburbia for much less than I could up there. I miss the street culture, but if I lived there that'd be just about all I could afford - watching the street culture. At least now I can afford to actually go there an do stuff occasionally.

      47 is the new 51!

      by nickrud on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:57:08 AM PST

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