Culture of the Suburbs

Jesse Fried • Jun 14, 2017

An image from a poem written by someone I had an awkward romantic relationship with during high school sticks in my mind. I've lost the actual poem, sadly, but the gist is:

Lying in bed on a summer night listening to the the highway.

To this I'd add the sound of the train, which comes with a memory of unspeakable peace from my own past.

For all the complaining that can be done about the suburbs, they do offer us this feeling of quiet and calm connectedness. You can feel the pulse of the metropolis while insulated from its harshness. While in other respects the suburbs may lack the pleasures of either the city or the country, in this sort of moment, suburban living is a harmonious union of both worlds. You can kind of see the big picture, from the comfort of your own home, as long as you have the windows open.


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