Suburban Exploration--The Most Dangerous Adventure
August 21, 2014 8:39 AM Subscribe
I moved out to the 'burbs recently. I've never lived in the suburbs before, and stately Haddock Manor (Marlinspike) is in a suburb I visited only once before touring my home and making an offer. How does someone go about exploring the suburbs? I'm only used to cities.
posted by Admiral Haddock to Grab Bag (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In all the cities I've lived in, I've just walked around--boulevards, side streets, alleys--and found endless interesting stuff. I love my little suburb, and, while walkable, the commercial / town center area is limited (although there is still surely more for me to see and explore).
I'm sure there are great restaurants lurking around corners, and interesting shops, and cute parks, and the perfect car wash right next to a great supermarket--in my town, in the town over, etc.
I guess the crux of my conundrum is that, walking around aimlessly in the city seems both virtuous, stimulating, thrifty, and healthful, and presents many opportunities to browse, explore, and enlighten. Driving around aimlessly in the suburbs is the exact opposite, and I'm finding it somewhat frustrating because I'm both 1) starting from zero local knowledge, and 2) originally from NYC, where finding (even just searching for) that perfect _____ (knish, tailor, record store, entrance to the subway etc.) is a pastime in and of itself.
Suburbanites, especially former city strollers, how do develop local knowledge?
FWIW, I'm in Wellesley, MA, if you have particular gems to share, but I'm mainly trying to figure out how to orient myself in the suburbs as a general matter.