Most of us at The Frisky are originally country mice — in some cases, suburban mice — who moved to a larger city just as soon as we could. But all of us visit our families often, which means a trip back to the ‘burbs of our youth. And often while visiting family, we need to get out of the house, so we find a reason to hit the mall. Or shopping center. Or the outlets. Or all three. There’s much to love about a city lifestyle (the bars don’t close at 10 p.m., mainly) but we won’t deny that almost getting hit by an SVU in a Target parking lot has a certain charm to it.
Here is our definitive breakdown on the pros and cons of suburban vs. city shopping.
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There’s been a heck of a lot of talk about Portland lately, what with the Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein show “Portlandia,” all about how the city stuck in the ’90s with its progressive politics and its locavore restaurants and its whole DIY artisinal cheese vibe. Watching “Portlandia” was a little headsmackingly close to home for me, though, because I live in Brooklyn. And not just any part of Brooklyn — Greenpoint, which is the Polish neighborhood directly to the north of Hipster Ground Zero, Williamsburg. Since Winona lives in Portland, we decided to compare and contrast our two fair cities — after all,”Portlandia” spawned an awful Brooklyn parody called Brokelandia (don’t watch it, it’s truly appalling). The verdict? Well, we’ve got Maggie Gyllenhaal. How you like us now?
Last week, we saw that the less-populated West tends to be more man-filled than the East coast. Now, data from Australia is beginning to make us wonder whether highly populated areas, aka cities, are bad for relationships in general. According to census figures from Australia, in populations of more than 100,000 people, 12.5 percent of women and 9.6 percent of men were from broken marriages. Rural areas of 200 people or less had the lowest proportion of divorced or separated women. This raises a many questions. Is there something about city life that causes people to divorce, or are the type of people who would get divorced anyway drawn to city living? Do less people get divorced in the country because there are fewer options and you’d better stay with what you’ve got if you want anything at all? [SMH.com.au] Keep reading »