URBAN is the New Country

 

Wherever I travel I try to discover how the region truly plays-out their lives: how they work, what are they proud of, in what are they housed, what are the community routines, what do they eat, where are the bars?

You get my point.

 

When I was a child, the lines between the three divisions of ‘lifestyles’: Urban, Suburban, Rural Country, were very clear.

 

Sooty, crowded, vibrant, anything-might-happen, Saks Fifth Avenue CITY verses tar & chip, 1/2 acre plots, cookie-cutter post WWII housing SUBURBAN verses clean air, wheat fields, dirt roads, Biker bar COUNTRY.

 

Very easy. Life was d-e-l-i-n-e-a-t-e-d.

 

The COUNTRY fed the SUBURBAN and CITY.

 

The SUBURBAN supplied the workforce for the CITY.

 

And the CITY was where you went to go Christmas shopping, and cheat on your wife.

Living was clear to me.

 

As a child of the SUBURBS I moved easily between my neighbors to each side, having a true knack for milking cows while draped in my mother’s fur coat.

 

Let’s just say I was always ready for whatever the day brought.

 

And the other day (while cruising Columbus, Ohio, assisting the Princess on her search for affordable appropriate housing as she enters Veterinary School at Ohio State), I was ready to delight in the fusion of disparate cultures that is now the norm: Move over boring, super-sized, asphalt gorged, crumbling, sliced bread, my-way-or-the-highway communities. There’s more RURAL goodness in the CITY then there’s ever been…

 

And Suburbs suck.

 

NORTH MARKET 59 Spruce St. Columbus, Ohio A public market, home to dozens of independent local food  merchants. FABULOUS!PINIMAGE

NORTH MARKET
59 Spruce St.
Columbus, Ohio
A public market, home to dozens of independent local food
merchants. FABULOUS!

 

 

northmarket8PINIMAGE

Perogies, Brats and Kraut. I Love the Polish! PINIMAGE

Perogies, Brats and Kraut.
I Love the Polish!

 

Fresh Baked Bread- on premises- which is THE only way to have it. PINIMAGE

Fresh Baked Bread- on premises- which is THE only way to have it.

 

See... on premises.PINIMAGE

See… on premises.

 

Sammies.  OMG!PINIMAGE

Sammies.
OMG!

 

 

northmarket5PINIMAGE

Decadent desserts- because they SHOULD be.

Or fruit.  Does anyone grow chocolate apples? PINIMAGE

Or fruit.
Does anyone grow chocolate apples?

 

 




  • Carol Cassara - Why am I hungry? 😉ReplyCancel

  • Lance - For work, I’ve been spending a lot of the time in cities, lately. I live in a very boring, bland, stagnant thinking suburb.

    My wife and I are plotting to move once the kids are out of their very nice schools.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - God, I dislike the suburbs. Give me Country or City any time. We raised our kids in the suburbs. Now we are ALL out- everyone in a city. New Orleans. Chicago. NYC. We must have done something right!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I love your categorizations of the world around you. Life is much less stressful when we can impose order. A new slant on “the good old days.”ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Do you? Thank you. I categorize everything. Helps me keep things in working order and my understanding of the world, clear and with purpose. So happy to see you stop by Gary. You’re one of my fav’s!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Where is this heavenly place? And why isn’t there something like it here?!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It. Is .In. COLUMBUS, OHIO!!!!! Can you believe it??? Though it is part of the bread basket of America, but just DID NOT expect it! So happy for the Princess!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Now I’m starving! We have a market similar to this in our town – I don’t go in often because I would be bankrupt and weigh 20 pounds heavier. Hey, my son wants to go to vet school too!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Really???!!!! Awesome! I can put him in touch with the Princess. PM me Lana. I mean it!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I also grew up in the suburbs so I know exactly what you mean being able to step off into either easily. I’ve actually been to this market before and it is AMAZING!ReplyCancel

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*

CommentLuv badge

B l o g s   I   L o v e