If I wasn’t already the self-declared “King of the Suburbs”

Back in the spring I was interviewed by the Daily Herald about driving a Prius and subscribing to TerraPass. They had a staff photographer come over and take the “infamous” picture of me in front of my car which has was the talk around town for a few minutes.

A month or two back I received a phone call from a number that I didn’t recognize. For some reason I decided to pick up the call. As it turns out, it was Details Magazine and they had gotten my number from my friend, Kris Smith. They were doing research for an article they were writing about “cool people who live in the suburbs” and found Kris’s website (and obviously not MINE!). Kris gave them my information and I was interviewed about what made us move from the city, how has “suburban” life been to us, etc.

I think the author was really trying to dig some scandalous dirt about how I threw away all of my indie music, moved to the burbs, bought a McMansion and am now sporting dual Hummers in the driveway. Obviously, if you know me, that is nowhere near the case. We’ve recently moved closer to downtown Naperville to get back to walking everywhere and traded in our first house for a cozy 50′s ranch (that will not be torn down ~ a rarity in the Ville). I think the only things that are really “suburban” about us are Liz’s Volvo and our zip code (well, and the fact that we do live on a cul de sac now). :)

Anyways, the article that I was interviewed for is finally up on the Details Magazine website and should be on newstands any day now. No, there is no photo of me in front of the Naperville Riverwalk, showing off a yellow ribbon magnet on my car or anything fun like that, but it actually is a somewhat interesting read.

I thought that this was a pretty cool view on the ongoing City vs. Suburbs debate…

The model of the city as patchwork, which so many urban dwellers see as a point of pride, is quickly becoming a relic of the past. “When you have Crate & Barrel and Whole Foods on every other corner, you don’t have the same sense of place, the sense that this block is distinct from that block, the way you did even 20 years ago,” Kotkin says. “The real diversity now is in suburban strip malls, where those who aren’t super-wealthy have been displaced and where you now find an East Indian barber next to a Persian grocer next to a young guy from a good East Coast college who’s selling earth-friendly furniture. And all that is next to the coolest Hindu temple you’ve ever seen.”

You can read the article that I was interviewed for on the Details Magazine website.

tags: ,
This entry was posted on Monday, October 8th, 2007 at 12:53 pm and is filed under me, naperville. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

5 Responses to “If I wasn’t already the self-declared “King of the Suburbs””

  1. Honold Says:

    I was actually going to call you on this: I was on a plane from Kansas City last week, and was reading my freshly delivered issue of Details. I’m rocking out to a live Smith’s show from 1983, and much to the dismay of my neighbor, I blurted out “HOLY SH*T!!” As I read the article. Between Maggie on NPR, and you in Details, it is only a matter of time before Liz is featured in US Weekly in a major Naperville scandal…..

  2. OneMan Says:

    If you can make it into Details there is hope for us all…..

  3. ocomik Says:

    Nice article… Just another example of the homogenizing of America.

    P.S. I would have loved to see to see a picture of you down by the Riverwalk standing next to a wall where some hooligan has tagged “Marusin is God” :-)

  4. Brian Beatty Says:

    A great example of homogenizing America: up and down Randall Road. All the stores seem to repeat every 8 miles. From Aurora to Lake In the Hills, you can pass 3 home depot, 3 Lowe’s, 2 Meijer’s, 16 Starbucks or Caribou, and countless McDonald’s and Chase banks..

  5. Andrew Says:

    I’d be a lot less annoyed by this article if they hadn’t gotten their facts wrong.

    “The Tipping Point: (2006) The Berghoff restaurant, a 107-year-old Chicago institution, closes, and skyscraper condos go up in its wake.”
    That isn’t accurate, or is at least misleading. The restaurant closed, but it wasn’t demolished. In fact, it mostly reopened just a few months later. And the condo skyscrapers got started long before that.

    It’s interesting that the article bemoans the suburbanization/mallification of the city while ignoring the fact that all that homogeneity originated and continues to thrive unchecked in the suburbs. “Chicago’s a suburb now! So go live in the suburbs!” Whatever.