burbs

I must confess that driving around sometimes I look at the neat suburbs of Minneapolis and feel a little envious of the people who live there with their extensive lawns, quiet streets and manicured houses. Not that we live in some kind of urban nightmare – we’re really lucky to be in a quietish neighborhood very close to downtown Minneapolis and we love our house, but we don’t have much in the way of a yard – for Toby to get a good run around we go to the park a couple of blocks down the road which has loads of swings and climbing frames, and lots of space and other kids to meet. However reading this report from the Guardian I’m glad that we do live centrally and make the effort to walk to shops, restaurants, work etc. Not only do we save a lot of money on a second car, but we feel much more connected to our community and neighborhood, and apparently it’s good for us too.

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