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January 21, 2009



I know we've recently disagreed, and I don't mean to be a brat, but this post reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask you: Why do you live in a suburb? It seems like you really hate it. Is the goal to change the suburb to someplace you want to live, or to make sure everyone is as miserable as you seem to be?

I've always really liked living in the suburbs. I see plenty of people, I even interact with (gasp!) those that might have a different world view. But I also get great schools for my children and little crime at my doorstep.

I guess I don't understand why it's so bad, and if it's so bad, why you stay.

John Michlig

I consider that a very good question, and one that gets to the root of why this subject is so fascinating to me.

And I'll set myself to answering it in some detail after I return from picking up my daughter from her school, which is less than a mile away yet UNREACHABLE by foot or bike. :)


(Imagine the Jeopardy song playing in background while waiting.)


Thanks for bringing this article to my attention, John.

Cindy, I can't speak for your situation, or Franklin in particular, but there's nothing wrong with wanting to create a better place for the community someone lives in. It's really good that you like where you live, but aren't there any changes you'd like to make to it?

Greg Kowalski

Exactly, Rob!

I mean c'mon Cindy, why do you have a blog if it's not to keep people informed and to put up your thoughts and opinions on issues?

That's why I blog!


I'm simply asking a question. I've been promised an answer. I can be patient.

John Michlig

Cindy, I started writing a long-winded answer, racing to get done before an looming series of meetings, but then was struck by the notion that you are plainly addressing (and mischaracterizing) my attitude without having read much of what is here - or indeed, the specific blog entry above.

I would consider it a great favor if you would take time to read some of the material along the right side of this page under the "Special Topics" heading. (Here is another specific entry also related to the "Third Place" concept:


Agree with the points made? Disagree? Something unclear? Did you discover something you hadn't thought about before? Need expansion on a certain topic or issue? Note any red herrings or logic breakdowns? Any common ground to expand upon?

Another alternative: A "contrived meeting" over coffee, where we can REALLY work over the myriad issues related to how our built environment has been mishandled, what that means to various aspects of our lives and economy, how things can be improved, why a great many of these issues are indeed conservative issues, etc. If you disagree with any or all of my positions on development, I would be FASCINATED to know why and gratified by the opportunity to expand upon these issues in person.

Because, Cindy, you and I simply do not ENGAGE in this dysfunctional format (see blog entry above). But I know we will in "real life," for better or worse. :)

What say ye?


I'd be glad to get to know you better. I'm a little concerned about one thing you e-mailed, but I'll e-mail a reply.

Still, I ask, why do you live in a suburb when you seem to be so unhappy with the concept of a suburb?

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