This thread perfectly explains a lot of my not-great experience living by myself in a town in New York State for a month last year.
For context, I am ridiculously spoilt; I’ve lived in London my whole life, I don’t even _have_ a driving license.
I did a months work experience, staying in a suburban area next to a state highway and a strip mall, commuting on weird private shuttles I had to walk 20 minutes to the station to get.
@realmaxkeeble It was miserable. I dreaded going to the shops as I was frequently the only one on foot, walking on many streets with no pavement, crossing 5 lane monstrosity roads.
I tried to go and visit some nearby green spaces and parks but gave up because I didn’t feel comfortable jaywalking on the verge of 50mph roads.
@realmaxkeeble Hostile is a great word for it. This was an affluent area I was staying in but it felt like... a place you holed up in, only ever leaving or arriving in a car.
Residents would even drive to the train station despite it being a 10 minute (actually quite pleasant for a change) walk away.
@padraic_padraic I really appreciate this perspective; it took me a long time to question it as someone born in and around this
It took studying abroad in Europe for a semester for me to realize
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