With so many friends considering moving to the suburbs, I want to remind myself (and anyone else on the fence) all of the rewarding things about raising a family in the city. Despite the problems that I surely vent about, we couldn’t be dragged from our home by wild horse-and-carriages. While I totally respect everyone’s right to do what is best for their family, whether it be urban, suburban, rural, or traveling the world in an RV, here are just a few reasons why we love it here and think you might too!
I’m convinced that city kids (not to mention the parents) get more exercise. We walk, bike, and scoot everywhere.
Arts, history, and culture galore – from zoos to children’s museums, we are never at a loss for things to do and see.
Amazing restaurants and bars within walking distance. No drinking and driving and no date nights at Olive Garden.
Almost every day hosts another festival, fair, or special family-friendly event. And we never have to worry about parking to see parades!
Less driving – I can’t even imagine piling the kids in a minivan just to go to the grocery store. Plus you really only need one car, if that. Saves a ton of money on gas and possibly avoids hours of commuting.
Who needs a swingset when there are so many playgrounds in walking distance with built-in playmates?
Some of the best art, music , and dance education available with nearby resources like Queen Village Art Center, Settlement Music School, and Rock School of Dance. Many of these programs even offer walking pick-up from the public schools so kids get plenty of supplemental arts education while parents don’t have to rush to school at 3 p.m.
When I was in high school, it took me 15 minutes to drive there. And the bus ride was about an hour meaning I pretty much woke up at dawn. Whether you choose public, private, or parochial school, you can probably walk there in less time than it takes to drive.
City kids regularly interact with people on all socio-economic levels, including the homeless, and learn how to interact without fear or judgement.
No lawns to mow. We have plenty of grass – we just don’t have to cut it ourselves.
Amazing summer camps for budding young athletes, actors, artists, and dancers. But we don’t even need them yet because the preschools go straight through the summer – and have water play!
Despite what you may have heard, Philadelphia public schools keep getting better and better. Due to amazing and dedicated teachers and parents and some phenomenal advocates in city council and beyond, many of our public schools are thriving despite federal and state attempts to starve resources. We couldn’t be happier with our public elementary and we know families from at least a dozen other schools who feel the same way.
Chances are, if you live in the Center City area your property values are going up even during the worst economic downturns. There is so much growth in this area, you can barely cross a street without walking past a construction site. The drilling and hammering is annoying, yes, but those expensive townhomes, office buildings, and shops are only going to improve the quality of life and the value of your home.
We live in close proximity of two Whole Foods, a ton of farmer’s markets, and even a Moms Organic Market coming this year!
You aren’t stuck inside in a snowstorm or even a hurricane. You can always walk to the local bar to wait out the storm with a cocktail!