Will Gen Y Ever Move to the Suburbs?

I am definitely not a fan of the ‘burbs. Too much sprawl, too much pollution, too cramped. If I want a yard, then I want to live in the country. I am either all urban or all country with no in-between.

Our Courthouse

Now to go off topic, or rather change the topic entirely. Jon and I have talked about moving back to Crossville now that Ellison is here, but we’ve hesitated for a lot of reasons. We love living in downtown Knoxville and we’re not sure Crossville is moving in a direction we approve of. They’re having a KKK rally in downtown Crossville in the near future and as far as I know, there are no planned protests like there were when the Nazi’s came to Knoxville a few years ago. Crime is up, especially around my family’s place, and there are too many ignorant conservatives for my liking. (It’s not rare to hear racist and sexist remarks being spoken in the same breath as “praise the Lord!”) I love Crossville and always have and I always wanted to stay there. But it’s definitely not the same place it was. And it seems to be moving more and more toward suburb rather than farms and forests and lovely country. Our family has mostly died off and the old families in the area have as well. A lot of Northerners are coming in and recreating the suburbs they enjoyed in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, putting a strain on the infrastructure that can’t support them. There are no jobs to be had unless you’re a geriatric nurse and so a lot of people who’ve stayed have turned to drugs and stealing to get by.


Knoxville feels like a wonderful haven. Particularly downtown, which is the only section I care to live in. I feel safe here in our building. There are lots of like-minded individuals around, as well as a university. Lots to see and do. Not as much crazy religion being forced down your throat. Not as much racism and sexism as there is in Crossville. It’s not perfect, but it fits with the lifestyle we live and want to live much better than Crossville currently does. And there are jobs here.

Maybe as I purge material items from my life, it is time to think about letting go of Crossville as well. That is a hard pill to swallow and not one I’m quite ready to deal with yet. But I have been thinking about it.

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One Response to Suburbs

  1. I think you’ve got the right approach in how you’re thinking about it. Sometimes you fall in love with how a city is in your mind rather than how it is in reality. That’s not to say it might not be the right place for you, but it’s important to be able to distinguish between the two. When I moved to Nashville, I do so with a completely incorrect assumption of what living there would be like and hated it. And I go back and forth over whether I actually want to return to Memphis or if its my carefree youth that I miss so much. I have to say, Knoxville definitely has something going on, and I know people who have left who would very much like to return (not to try to swing your vote one way or the other :)

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