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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:12 PM
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Wow, looks like we suburbanites are the new Southerners of DU!
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:14 PM by Walt Starr
LOL, I've seen so many put-downs of suburban living here today!

I really don't give a damn if it pisses anybody else off, I live in a suburb of Chicago. We bought our brand new 1500 sq ft house in 2003 for less money than a 600 sq. ft. condo in Chicago costs. We are more energy efficient in this house than any condo in the city. We have a nice lot where we can garden. We own a single vehicle, which is a Saturn VUE SUV. The only restaurant options available to us are Applebees, TGIF, and other similar fair. This is the land of big box stores.

In the next year, we'd like to upgrade to a larger house. We are currently DINKs but are looking to adopt in the next 18 months or so. We will probably get a bigger SUV because we feel safer since 50% of the vehicles on the road are larger than ours.

And if you don't like it, TOO DAMN BAD. We're the ones working for our money, possessions, and lifestyle, NOT YOU!
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mark414 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:13 PM
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1. bomb the suburbs
by william upski wimsatt

it's a good book, check it out. not as inflammatory as the title might make you believe.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:16 PM
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2. We're the ones working for our money
isnt that what republicans say to justify lower taxes on the rich?
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:17 PM
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4. Last I checked, China and Cuba were still Communist
If you want a communist form of government, there's two options for you.

Don't even think about telling me how I can and cannot spend my money!
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:19 PM
Response to Reply #4
10. well if you dont want progressives to criticize you
dont buy suv's...
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 PM
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13. Fuck that, I'll buy any damn SUV I want
I get better mileage in my Saturn VUE than most cars on the road, especially older cars, so don't use that as an excuse to beat me over the head.

If people keep talking this kind of shit around here, I'm tempted to make my next vehicla a Hummer!
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:22 PM
Response to Reply #13
16. AND i will point that you sound just like a republican when you say that
many joys of a free country
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #16
25. And trying to get me to live in lockstep with YOUR lifestyle
sounds EVEN MORE Republican to me.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:26 PM
Response to Reply #25
29. gas-wasting SUV's are not a lifestyle
they are a personal choice of purchase
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:28 PM
Response to Reply #29
33. Well since my SUV gets better gas mileage than most cars
your argument does not apply to me.
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el_gato Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #33
46. what is more important is the amount of time you spend on the road
if you work in the suburbs then what it would be better to live there than in the city

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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:39 PM
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56. Not much at all
Daily trips from my home to the train station, then back again in the evening. Stops along the way home for things we need to pick up. I take the train into the city daily.

We live less than seven miles from the train station. We actually spend less time in our vehicle than we did while living in the city!
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:33 PM
Response to Reply #33
50. um ok
if you say so
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el_gato Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:27 PM
Response to Reply #25
32. You are welcome to go to Iraq and bring back some oil
:evilgrin:

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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:28 PM
Response to Reply #32
35. I already served my time in the military
more than two decades ago.

I'm too old to go back in now. They won't have me.
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el_gato Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #35
39. I didn't say join the military I just said go pick up some oil
and bring me back a souvenir (sic?)

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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:31 PM
Response to Reply #39
42. Sorry, not going to Iraq
I protested that venture.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #25
37. i am not trying to get you to live one way or the other
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:30 PM by lionesspriyanka
however one is allowed to point out that someone elses lifestyle is environmentally unfriendly
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:34 PM
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51. Your lifestyle is probably more environmentally unfriendly than mine
I do not use much gasoline at all. My house is more energy efficient than most homes in the country. I use public transportation for the daily commute into the city.

I produce more recycling for pickup that I do trash by at least three pounds to every one.

So don't go all bullshitty on suburbanites, most of us are more environmentally friendly than most environmental activists!
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #13
21. So from Garfield Blvd to which suburb? North to Waukegan - or
south to Joliet

Or West tp Peoria

or East to Gary

or someplace in between?


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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #21
24. Aurora
Out in the sticks.

Four years ago, my subdivision was a cornfield
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:30 PM
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38. I started out with chicken farm and cornfield nearby- and now it's all
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:38 PM by papau
downtown Waukegan!

Left there 40 years ago, but in the 20 plus years before that - like when I was young - the farms just disappeared.

Heck, Gurnee is urban now! Rt 41 was ALL farms in my (younger) day!

But I am impressed if you are commutting into Chicago - that is a hike!
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:41 PM
Response to Reply #38
59. It's not bad at all. during rush hour there are express trains
only stops being the downtown Aurora station, Route 59 (my station) and Naperville. Going back in the evening the only stops are Naperville and Route 59.

Total time on the train is 39 minutes for me each way.
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:17 PM
Response to Reply #2
5. No, its what all hard-working people who are taking care of themselves..
say. Its not an ideological statement.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #5
19. i work hard adn take care of myself
and if someone pointed out a better way to be environmentally friendly i would try to adopt it instead of pretending that i am the be all and end all of the world
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:26 PM
Response to Reply #19
27. I'd say you are still pretending
to be the be all and end all of the world.

:eyes:
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:27 PM
Response to Reply #27
31. i am not....
all i am saying is that progressives have an environmental agenda...and if you are against it...you will be criticized...thats no reason to whine
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #31
40. Who the fuck said I was against it?
I probably use less energy in my house than you do wherever the fuck you live because my new home is extremely energy efficient!

My next house will have photovoltaics installed, so youy'll probably be buying energy from me!

My SUV gets better mileage than most cars on the road!

so don't go against me because my restaurant choices are limited! That's just fucked up white noise!
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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #40
48. Why would you post a defence of extravegence.
And then when challenged go on and on about how you conserve?
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:38 PM
Response to Reply #48
54. thats my point...i dont really care how you live your life
but threatening to buy hummers hardly makes me believe that one is environmentally friendly
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:34 PM
Response to Reply #31
52. Huh? I'm confused....I missed where Walt said he was ...
against an environmental agenda?
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:39 PM
Response to Reply #52
55. umm there was the threat to buy hummers and this
We will probably get a bigger SUV because we feel safer since 50% of the vehicles on the road are larger than ours.

And if you don't like it, TOO DAMN BAD. We're the ones working for our money, possessions, and lifestyle, NOT YOU!
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:43 PM
Response to Reply #55
63. Yes, there are options larger than the Vue
that get about the same mileage.

:eyes:

Man, educate yourself! SUVs are getting more fuel efficient. The efficiency of the Vue is what sold us on it in the first place!

But assholes that get all self righteous about SUVs based soley on the look rather than the hard data piss me off! My SUV gets better mileage than most of the pieces of shit death traps I see on the road with Greenpeace stickers all over them!
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #19
47. You read a lot more into "I work for my money" than I do. n/t
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:16 PM
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3. Thank goodness I'm just a Southerner....and not a Southern suburbanite!
;-)
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:18 PM
Response to Reply #3
6. Don't mess with Texas
Especially SUBURBAN Austin, Texas!

;)
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 PM
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"All my exes live in Texas"
:D
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txaslftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:19 PM
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7. As a Southerner, I resemble that remark!
And a suburbanite, too. I don't care where you are from, ie-the South, the West, the East; the suburbs, the urbs or the sticks...

If you have democratic or progressive ideals, you vote democratic and you support democratic candidates, you are one of us.

We need to stop putting people in boxes.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:22 PM
Response to Reply #7
18. THANK YOU!
We need all of us!
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chicagojoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:19 PM
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8. Moved from Chicago to Elgin 18 months ago.
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 PM by chicagojoe
I didn't know for sure if I would like it, but I'm getting there.
Got lucky with some cool neighbors. We like old houses and got a good deal on one needing no more work than paint, etc.
I think most of the the people giving the suburbs a bad rap are people who grew up there and "escaped" from mommy and daddy's world.
Now they're "cool" 'cause they moved to the city.
Lived in Chicago my whole life. Would have loved to stay, but the suburban urchins who became yuppies drove the prices up.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:19 PM
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9. Feeling a little persecuted, eh?
It's America, where *everyone* gets to feel discriminated against and self-righteous! You can even feel self-righteous about your comfy lifestyle.

Land of the free -- ain't it great?



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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 PM
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11. there are urban areas in Texas?
:evilgrin:

Even Austin, with a night streetlife, mostly imports its revelers.
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bunkerbuster1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 PM
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12. As a Southern suburbanite
I'd say 90% of the criticism you see in here is valid.

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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:21 PM
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14. So you grow your own food and built your own house and suv?
You must be very handy.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:22 PM
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15. you lived in one of those condos too....
my son and his girlfriend "bought" a 600-800sq ft condo in oak park. yes the suburbs aren`t the greatest but the housing is alot cheaper. that`s one of the reasons i like where i am-one half hours from chicago. jump on the tollway for downtown and 38,64,and 72 to the suburbs.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:24 PM
Response to Reply #15
23. I use Metra all the way
Aurora is pretty far from the city and a Metra ride is 39 minutes express for me.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:22 PM
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17. I think it's like the decision to shop at WalMart.
Some people have decided not to spend their money there--for good and valid reasons.

Some people don't care to have any ideological constraints placed on them about how they choose to spend their money.

Either way, what other people do doesn't affect how I choose to spend my money or conduct my affairs.

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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:23 PM
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20. And using up all of our resources at a disproportionately high rate
Thanks, truly appreciate that friend. Consuming greater gas for that false sense of vehicular security, while emitting more pollution. Driving more, consuming more.

It truly is a shame that people in this country don't have to pay the full replacement costs on what they consume, it would put a halt to this madness right quick, considering that it would pretty much double our energy and building costs, thus forcing people to reuse, renew and recycle. Instead, this throwaway culture of our is propped up so that we can continue to buy, buy, buy.

Have you ever thought about moving somewhere else other than Chicago. Where you're dollar goes further, and you aren't intimidated by the traffic.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:27 PM
Response to Reply #20
30. My Saturn gets better mileage than nmost cars on the road
so fuck that bullshit argument!
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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:31 PM
Response to Reply #30
41. You are the one who jumped in to defend SUV's, dont back down now.
I thought you were proud of your ignoring everyone but yourself.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #41
45. You're damn right I defend SUVs
Not all SUVs are fucking Hummers! Not all SUVs get shitty mileage. If you educated yourself about the options out there, you'd know that!
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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:37 PM
Response to Reply #45
53. Are you defending gas guzzling SUV's or not?
Everyone knows that some SUV's are better than others and that some arent all that bad. That is utterly besides the point. I hope it makes you feel clever to mislead people into thinking you are defending all SUV's and then jump down thier throat as if youd made it clear in your first post you were talking about fuel efficient SUV's.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:44 PM
Response to Reply #53
65. I made it clear in my first post
I drive a Saturn Vue.

:eyes:
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:43 PM
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62. That may be Walt, but you're driving it further,
And you say that soon as you get a kid, you're going to get a bigger, better version, which will presumably eat up more gas. And, since SUV's are rated as trucks for EPA purposes, they get to spew more pollutants into the air, thus making life more of a living hell for you, me and everyone else. And quite frankly, looking at the Saturn VUE data sheets, you're not getting much better mileage than some cars, and quite a bit worse than others. You're running 23-25 in the city with the most efficient Saturn VUE model, and 28-30 on the highway. Hell, my Honda Civic's city mileage has you highway mileage beat all to hell.

Look Walt, I'm not into beating you and your lifestyle up simply because I'm being outrageously PC. What I'm trying to get across is that we all need to cut back on our footprints, even a tiny bit would help. Think before you purchase, ask yourself if you really do need that bigger SUV. Just because you've got the money to afford something doesn't mean that you should get it. After all, we're all paying the price for this "bigger is better" culture of ours, and any little bit that one can cut back on makes a difference.

So perhaps, next time go for a hybrid. Put some solar panels on your roof, they have a forty year life span, will be paid off in twenty, and add value to your house. And most of all, don't buy into our consumerist, "bigger is better" culture. For if we don't change that sort of mentality friend, we'll all be going down together.
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:24 PM
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22. Wah wah wah
My heart bleeds for you, it really does. Does that attitude come with the house: "I got mine, so fuck all the rest of you."
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:26 PM
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26. I spent half my life in southern suburbs
and I'm sorry, if you are wasting fuel, shopping at chains, and gods-forbid WalMart, then you are not matching your actions to your values


the sad part is, it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE not to, in those environments :evilfrown:
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:26 PM
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28. Suburban Living = opportunity to educate your neighbor
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:28 PM
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34. "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!"
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!

Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town-
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years.

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears:

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead

And talk of sport and makes of cars
In various bogus-Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.

-- John Betjeman, 1937

Hatred of suburbs isn't a new idea.
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TalkingDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:29 PM
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36. A garden in the suburbs?
A lot of chemicals and pollution in the 'burbs. Lawn "products", weed killers...a lot of people don't understand that what they do and how they live affects their neighbors.

I mean if I went to one of those ChemLawn using neighbors and said: "You know, you ought to think about how what you are doing affects the people around you. ChemLawn products kill the soil by disrupting the ecosystem. It not only kills weeds, but also bugs, flora and fauna. They even tell you not to let dogs and kids on it for so many hours afterwards. I'd like to live in an envionment where I can raise my own food and let my kids run barefoot. How's about helping me out neighbor?"

If he was a person who actually cared about his impact on the world and his family he might consider it. Together we might be able to explore some other, less harmful options for a beautiful lawn.

On the other hand, if he was a person with the maturity and the mindset of a 12 year old who doesn't feel he should be required to be a contributing member of a community or of society as a whole he might just say: "I really don't give a damn if it pisses anybody else off.... if you don't like it, TOO DAMN BAD. We're the ones working for our money, possessions, and lifestyle, NOT YOU!"

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hippiegranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:31 PM
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43. I just have to ask
What the hell prompted this nanny nanny boo boo post? With all the dead people in Indonesia (my next door neighbors were there and are still missing) this just seems so inane.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:32 PM
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44. As a confirmed urbanite, I can say you are wrong on some points...
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:33 PM by HamdenRice
You wrote:

And if you don't like it, TOO DAMN BAD. We're the ones working for our money, possessions, and lifestyle, NOT YOU!

Well, actually, assuming we pay roughly the same federal taxes, I unfortunately am working to purchase a big part of your possessions and lifestyle. For example, because I use mass transit but you use a car to drive a lot more, part of my taxes go to highways that I don't use. I also have to bear to costs of externalities, like air pollution, that you create but I don't create.

Along with your neighbors, your suburban sprawl reduces the amount of open land that holds and "processes" water -- so we all have to pay for both additional flood control and water treatment that would not exist if you had not built a new house on "greenfields".

Because delivering electricity, water, natural gas and other utilities at a distance is more expensive than delivering it in cities, to the extent that prices for these energy sources are averaged, I have to subsidize the delivery of energy over long distances to suburban locations.

Because you have helped destroy habitat for wild animals, I have to suffer the loss of species diversity. Moreover, the state and federal environmental agencies will have to take costly action to protect other habitat and species because you have destroyed more than your share.

Your decision to live an energy wasteful lifestyle causes energy demand to rise and hence prices to rise -- even though I did not contribute to these wasteful decisions.

And because you can deduct the cost of mortgage interest from your federal taxes -- the biggest middle class welfare and tax expenditure program ever, for people who need it least -- my taxes are marginally higher.

Overall, welfare to the suburbs and suburbanites is one of the biggest wealth transfer programs in this economy.

So, fine, you made the decision to waste resources and leave the tab for us efficient urbanites to pick up. That's your decision. But don't go making false gloating statements about how you are working for and paying for your lifestyle. You aren't!

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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:32 PM
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49. I guess I must have missed the horrendous oppression...
...faced by suburbanites.

Funny how many people use criticism or comment to wrap themselves in victimhood and claim how horribly oppressed they are.

Shit, good thing we got past all that petty oppression against blacks, gays, women, senior citizens, muslims, etc...such as killings, firings, passed up for promotions, laws passed to make them second-class citizens, and all that so we could focus on the major issues of how southerners and suburbanites and christians are so horribly, horribly oppressed in our country.

LOL.
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Kota Donating Member (658 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:39 PM
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57. I live in Sycamore, I thought Aurora had more choices than that.
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:40 PM
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58. People are afraid of the Lifestyle Police....
Perhaps more so on the Right than on the Left, but as Americans we've always had the "rugged individualist" streak.

However, it's not black or white, is it? The farther you want to live outside the mainstream, the more difficult some things become. It seems that what the suburban lifestyle has done over 60 years is changed the mainstream. And we can and should make policy that starts to shift it back:

Public transportation
Eco-communities
Economic incentives in urban areas
Family farm incentives

The list goes on, I'm sure. The open market will not do it; the market has brought us the suburbs, to our general peril, and only by public policy and tax structure can we reverse the trend.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:44 PM
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64. Agree with your sentiment, but not your analysis ...
You wrote:

The open market will not do it; the market has brought us the suburbs.

But the suburbs only exist because of one of the most massive subsidy/wealth transfer programs in American history. It may be true that all the worthy goals you list will take government intervention, but the mess we are in now is not a result of the "invisible hand" at all.

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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:41 PM
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60. Walt Starr..the cranky old fart can finally yell "GET OFF MY LAWN!"
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:42 PM by Atman
"Damn kids with their hippy music, walkin' all over my lawn! GET OUTTA THERE, YOU LITTLE FUCKING BRATS BEFORE I TAKE A SHOTGUN TO YOUR ASS!"

You're such a joy to read, Walt. Makes me realize how nice most real people actually are.
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GumboYaYa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:41 PM
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61. Don't complain about the war in Iraq anymore.
As long as you are sucking at the teet of big oil, you have no place complaining about the war in Iraq. This war is to preserve the lifestyle you are defending.

I thought the same way you did at one time (absent the suburban home must b/c I like living in the city) until I realized how I was part of the problem that created the need to go to war in Iraq.

Before you become entrenched in your defense of suburbia, I encourage you to read Jane Jacobs' "Death and Life of Great American Cities."
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:44 PM
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66. Locking
This thread is divisive and has turned into a flamefest.
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