City Versus Suburbia Conundrum
We've had discussions on whether you would recommend your neighborhood and feeling a sense of community in Portland, but here's a different side to this question. Melanie is wondering if you can find of a bit of suburbia in the city. She writes:
Although my husband and I have lived all over Portland we always chose to stay close to the urban center, but after having kids we headed out to the burbs for lots of reasons: spacious affordable housing, wanted our kids to have other neighborhood kids to grow up with, good schools, very close neighborhood parks, strong community feel (at least in our Burb). However, we miss living in close for all the usual reasons. We've been batting around moving back to close in SE, but I'm wondering if I'm having a case of the "grass is always greener syndrome..." I can give up the big house, I'd LOVE to give up the car a little bit more, but I'm wondering, do those of you that live in urban neighborhoods feel like you have a strong sense of community? Do you know most of your neighbors, do you see your friends and neighbors at the grocery store, park, coffee shop etc? Are there kids your kids' ages on your street? Do most of the neighborhood kids go to the local public school or will you send them off to Central Catholic (or private school of choice) when they're older? Those are the things I'm worried about leaving behind and would love to hear other mamas experiences with raising their families in the city.