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The ‘Burbs: They’re not as boring as you think


The ‘Burbs: They’re not as boring as you think

When most people think of The ‘Burbs, they think of endless rows of houses that look the same, much like the neighborhoods in Edward Scissorhands. Others may hear the term and think immediately of Tom Hanks and his 1989 film, The ‘Burbs.  Indianapolis’ version of The ‘Burbs has some elements of both, and your thoughts on them are likely based on what you value in a place to live.

I am a resident of suburban Indianapolis. I live in Noblesville, and grew up just north of there in Cicero. I only know suburban living, so I feel as though I’m qualified to discuss the subject. There are a myriad of minivans, soccer moms and chain restaurants. Most Indianapolis residents probably don’t like the lack of culture in the suburbs, both North and South. While I would agree that the suburbs don’t have the culture you would find downtown, there are some great things about them.

Comparing The ‘Burbs (North vs. South) gets tricky. There are stigmas to both areas, and I’m not sure it’s entirely necessary to get into the negative stereotypes that fly around about the areas. Let’s just look at facts. The Northside has received plenty of positive attention over the past couple of years. According to the US News Rankings of schools in the state, five of the top ten schools in the state are in Northside neighborhoods (Zionsville, Carmel, Westfield, HSE & Fishers). If you work downtown and can handle the commute, those rankings are a gigantic positive to anyone with children. Speaking of the commute, the Southside would take the advantage there. The interstates are engineered so that it’s much easier to get downtown from the Southside than from the Northside.

As far as restaurants/bars, the Southside has Roscoe’s Tacos and the Oaken Barrel; the Northside has Bub’s Burgers and the Chatham Tap. While the ‘Burbs have chain restaurants for miles, they do have excellent local cuisine as well. There is also something to be said about the convenience of all of your grocery needs within 15 minutes or less of your house. Do you like shopping? Well you’re in luck! There are tons of areas for shopping in The ‘Burbs, from the Greenwood Park Mall, Clay Terrace in Carmel and Metropolis in Plainfield, to the small, local shops in Zionsville. If you like live music, there’s the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, or the Palladium in Carmel.

Say what you will about The ‘Burbs, but city living isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of positives of living outside of the city. If you work downtown, the commute isn’t always ideal, but the schools are great and there is most definitely charm to be found there. Do you have a favorite suburb? Comment or drop us a line to let us know!

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