Weighing our options
Why we chose the city
- Public transportation: To make sure that the "can I have a car
for my birthday" conversation never happens.
- The food scene: Because when I don't feel like cooking (which
is often) or when the kids don't like my cooking (equally as
often), we can easily pick up a jibarito, goat biryani, banh mi,
kogi taco, or, best of all, Harold's.
- Small-space living: Living in small spaces forces us to be
choosy about our possessions and smart about storage. At best, it
keeps us honest, and at worst, it means saying no to certain things
we might want-which, in the end, is not so bad after all.
- Social awareness: Being a city dweller doesn't automatically
make you a compassionate citizen, but there are certainly more
opportunities for teaching moments. Much like
Tricia, I find myself talking with my 6-year-old
about homelessness, poverty, life and death, and other big-deal
topics more than I thought I'd be at this age.
- Diversity: We wanted our kids to grow up surrounded by
playmates who look, think, act, and believe differently.
- Cultural experiences: Living minutes away from downtown, the
lake, and museums beats having a big backyard.
Why we almost chose the 'burbs
As you can see, it was pretty much a no-brainer.