We like sidewalks that lead places outside of the immediate neighborhood.
I like the idea of shopping in stores owned and operated by my neighbors rather than Target and Kohl's and the "W" word. I want to go to a bar where everybody knows my name. A bar I couldn't find an exact replica of in every shopping center.
I want to live in a condo that has enough room for everything we need, but not enough room to accumulate clutter. I do not have any desire to live in a McMansion. I do not want my kids to feel like they need to keep up with the kids in the McMansions. We don't want a yard to mow, maintain or landscape. We hate it and we're not good at it. Or vice versa. It works either way. I'll admit it. I think some weeds are pretty. Not a popular attitude in the 'burbs.
I don't want to wear the suburban mom uniform. I hate the suburban mom haircut. I don't do Tupperware parties or any of their modern equivalents (Ok, sometimes I do. Sue me and my damned hypocrisy.)
Yep, I hate almost everything about the suburbs.
I love almost everything about the city.
With one notable exception.
I love convenient, accessible, and usually free parking. I love having a two car garage and a driveway. I love parking within a reasonable proximity of my destination. I hate paying for parking. I hate driving in ever increasing concentric circles looking for a meter. I hate parallel parking. I hate trying to remember where I parked after
I realize I said at the beginning of this rant that I wanted to walk. This may seem counter indicative. But it's one thing to walk back to one's home and quite another to walk back to one's car. I want to walk when I can, but drive when I need to. And when I need to, I want to be able to park in a convenient, free, well lit lot. Is that really asking so much?