Yankee Belle

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To Commute Or Not To Commute, That Is The Question.


Why do Alabamans think that commuting anywhere outside their neighborhood is a big deal? I ask because not only have I heard that where I live is far - which technically is 10 minutes from the city, but I have never lived in a state where so many people appear to be shocked if you commute. Just today someone asked "You are driving to Homewood for lil B's school?"

I have always commuted. In NY, I rode the subway from Queens to Manhattan, in Atlanta & Nashville I drove across town for school, and even in small town Chattanooga, people drove from the city of Cleveland to dowtown for the schools, parks, etc. None of what I mentioned are 5 minute drives. I do realize that most of the big cities around Birmingham are pretty self sufficient where one would not need to leave, but I have never heard of people actually not leaving their city boundaries...

It seems strange to me....maybe I am the strange one. Or maybe some folks need to venture out of their bubble.

5 comments:

I'm a Mom!..? said...

Well, I have to say I've done the whole commuting thing down 280 and it's nice to live 5 minutes from everything now. Your hood' is not far. My threshold now is about 25-30 minutes...

Poodlehead said...

Hahaha! I certainly don't live in a bubble and will definitely drive if the thing is worth it. But even I don't like to drive to your damn house out in the stix. Maybe if you had more parties?? ;)

K-Mom said...

I think it depends on the city and how it's set up (public transportation, etc).

In Dallas, a 30 minute to one-hour commute was the norm...when I moved to St. Louis, people couldn't believe that I commuted thirty minutes to downtown everyday.

Most people choose to commute because you can get more house for your money by moving out into the suburbs.

K-mom

Anonymous said...

I like my bubble. I hate driving.

Valerie said...

hubby & I were just talking the other day how he drove from Rockland over the Tappan Zee Bridge 2x a day to Westchester, NY for years. YUCK!