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According to Details magazine's November issue (discovered by this reporter at her doctor's office), "For hard-core city types, the idea of settling in suburbia is a death sentence." No news there. But the article actually was promoting the positives of suburbs, offering permission for today's man to move out of the urban core. The issue even offered a guide to the "hippest 'burbs."
The writer points out that the line between the city and the suburb has blurred.
"The things we always thought we needed cities for - decent sesame noodles, fabulous eyewear, lesbians - are now available where once there were only Aunt Goldie and her mahjong group."
I'll let you read the rest for yourself. But I understand the point about the "blurring."
You can see it happening here in Washington, D.C. For instance, our Chinatown used to have mostly unique, locally owned restaurants and shops. Granted, they were a little down at the heel. Then, a few years ago, blocks of Chinatown were revitalized. But instead of glitzier Chinese-themed retail and restaurants appearing, franchises and chain stores came in en masse. The only thing that distinguishes many of them from every other location in malls and strip centers and airports is that they sport some Chinese characters on their facades.
But the article has got to be good news for suburbs seeking a higher coolness quotient. You heard it here second: Real men not only eat quiche but might even live in a cul-de-sac.
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