Moving is one of those not so awesome experiences in life that we all go through at least once. It could be moving across the street, or moving across the country. No matter where you are moving to, there are some standard steps you need to take to prepare for your moving day. Cross-country moving requires of course more work, preparation and money. Local move is easier to execute, as it usually requires less time, at least in traveling. Anyway, in any case you will need a moving checklist, will need to research your new city or suburb and start preparing in advance for your move. If you are moving within the same state and county let say, it is interesting to know why you are doing it. Many people move from the city to the suburbs and there are numerous reasons for that. What drives the moves to the suburbs from the cities? Let’s plunge into this topic and shed some light on the reasons for moving to the suburbs.
Why moving to the suburbs?
Are the suburbs just for families? Many of us think that moving to the suburbs happens when there is a baby on the way. This sure could be a reason for many people because a new member in the family means living space expansion would be required. So, one main reason for many of us to move to the suburbs is the need for more space. Most big cities in the US are quite expensive and many live in a smaller apartments. For young and single people, 350 sq feet are often more than enough because they love the city life. Some of those hard-core city dwellers cannot survive without the 24 hours food hubs, the “city buzz” (or constant mix of vehicles and peoples’ noises), so sending those people to the suburbs would equal a death sentence. Why moving to the suburbs they would ask when there it is quiet like in a cemetery. Plus, they can give you tons of other benefits of living in the city, but for those we will talk later.
Reasons for moving to the suburbs from the city
Another reason for moving to the suburbs for many people is, in most cases, the affordability. For the same money you pay to live in the big city in one bedroom apartment, you can live in a two bedroom apartment with parking and all utilities included. Thus, this major advantage outweighs many disadvantages of living in the suburbs. In today’s economy people are trying to save on living expenses as much as they can and, and if moving to the suburbs from the city will help them do so, they will move.
Moreover, many families move to the suburbs because of better school opportunities for their kids. We all very well know that most public schools in the cities are underfunded and overcrowded, which drives away many parents who want to offer their kids the best they can. So, if you ask a family with kids about to enter school for their reasons for moving to the suburbs, expect that better schools will be on top of their list. Another big reason for many families is that they want to offer their children safer and cleaner environment in which to play and grow. And there is nothing wrong with that – all parents want big green yard, open spaces, clean streets – overall many would say today cleaner and greener lifestyle.
Most families want to be self-sustained and by moving to the suburbs , they strongly believe they will achieve it. How are we sustaining the better community and world in which we want to live in though is not quite clear. Today we are all concerned with the state of the economy, the state of our planet and are trying (hard?) to become eco-friendly and lead a ‘green’ lifestyle. This is supposed to create a better world for our children. How green is to move to the suburbs from the city though? We will tackle this too a bit in this article.
How green is to live in the suburbs vs. in the city? Benefits and disadvantages of the city and the suburbia
If you are living in Chicago, there would be many reasons why you would want to stay in Chicago. However, there will also be many reasons why you would want to move to suburbia. And this applies to most big cities. When it comes to living healthy and green, most of us wrongfully assume that the suburbs will offer them that. Most American families tend to think about the security suburbs offer to their children and the possibility for green open spaces to play. Also, they hold on to the idea that a healthy environment for a kid is a large family house with a huge back yard. Others believe that suburbs will offer them healthier lifestyle because of the cleaner air and the peacefulness of the suburban community. Many though often do not consider the fact that suburban living means car dependency because the further from the city you move, the less transportation options you will have.
With this being said, car dependent lifestyle is not healthy neither for the children nor for the parents. Not to mention how bad those huge SUVs are for our planet. Also, think about all those huge mall plazas, all cemented in all suburbs, which take away from the landscape and agricultural land. How green and ecologically self-sustained is that? Think about it because we have to – because for us to be self-sustained beings, we need to make sure we don’t disturb our planet’s self-sustained Eco systems (though we have disturbed the whole planet so much already that it is hard to measure).
Moreover, what is the social impact of moving to the suburbs? Is it really that good for our children? How about children grow too dependable of their parents – driving them to school, driving them to the park, driving them to play date and so on is quite not efficient, green and ultimately socially beneficial to the kids. An autocentric community requires you to drive everywhere and this is not only bad for the planet, but it raises car dependable, nature deprived (yes, that’s right!) introverts that would be afraid of taking the subway when they decide to move away from suburbia. It turns that suburbs are quite often associated with the land of isolation, not because there are no sidewalks there, in fact there are very beautiful sidewalks in most suburbs, but because they are empty, while the cars are driving by with a single seat filled.
So, if you have made your mind and are already up to the suburbs, ensure a smooth relocation. Research companies well and choose experienced mover who will take care of your belongings professionally. Plan your costs and set a reasonable budget.
Would you move to the suburbs? Why? Share your opinion on the topic.
Posted on Jun 26, 2012