I attended a wonderful event yesterday that renewed by gratitude for having landed in Montclair. While I was there, I had two separate conversations with people who were currently renting, but either about to leave or trying to buy in town. Both lamented the cost of housing in town compared to what you get for the money in surrounding towns – and both people were mourning the realities that are keeping them from staying in town. It made me feel so very lucky to be here and be secure in staying here. Despite my past (and sometimes current) ambiguity towards leaving Brooklyn for the Suburbs, I have to say once again: If I had to leave, this town is the best place I could have landed.
That said, I also believe that at least half of getting settled somewhere is about attitude – and there is much to love (and bemoan) about most cities and towns. What are some of your favorite parts of where you live?