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4.19.2005

The Stranger's Opinion
Hanging out in the park yesterday with my friend, we were talking about the value of raising children in the city as opposed to pitching tent in the 'burbs. Planner types like myself get all up in arms about the evils of the suburbs: the cars, the lack of community, the lack of diversity, and so on and so forth. But I do notice that the planners that rail against the suburbs are generally planners without children, which is to say people who aren't desperate for some peace and quiet at the end of the day and who aren't overwhelmed by their children on a daily basis. Nor are they people who generally consider the quality of a school system when looking at real estate.
But there we were in Sheep Meadow in Central Park enjoying the springtime sun, and my friend says, "Do you think it's worth it to spend all that money to raise children in New York, where you have to pay for private school and worry about security? Do you think it pays off culturally for the child?"
And before I could answer, this white guy on the next towel, responding to a question posed by someone else and completely unaware of our discussion, says, "for shizzle."
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