That place would be Evanston, the place where I live right now. It is the home of Northwestern University, and is a good place to live. Its slogan, “Where Chicago and the North Shore Meet,” is quite an apt slogan, as Evanston is the first suburb north of Chicago with respect to the shore of Lake Michigan.
Yet, I find it as both an extension of Chicago and its own autonomous area. Why do I feel the former? The “L” and several 200-number CTA buses serve Evanston, which makes it incredibly convenient to extend into Chicago when I want to. Yet, since Evanston has its own character, I could stay entirely north of Howard Street if I wanted to, and would probably still be just as happy.
As I may or may not have mentioned yet on my blog, when I was deciding between Northwestern and UPitt about five years ago (Geez Louise!), a few social (non-academic) factors really weighed out. Two of those: (1) Evanston is much closer to family, since I have cousins that live in Milwaukee, 90 miles north. (2) The bike friendliness! Bike lanes, trails, and streets that appeared suitable for cycling.
Additionally, people by-and-large are very friendly in Evanston and Chicago. Having lived in the Midwest my whole life, this may have been another factor that I was considering in the deep reaches of my mind.
Are there some negatives about living in Evanston? Of course! Despite often seeing the sunny side of things, I realize that there are drawbacks to everything. My apartment is pretty small, and it has suffered from a few cases of bed bugs. Although the price is not breaking my back, I feel that I probably could find somewhere cheaper, but because I suspect that I may be graduating in the next 12 months, I do not find it worth it to search out a new place at this juncture. Who knows where I will be next?
Additionally, sometimes that bike infrastructure is unusable during the winter–bike lanes become mounds of snow and cars that can’t move over to the curb. Additionally, the last few weeks the sidewalks have been dangerously slippery–in some sense green transportation is both Evanston’s biggest strength AND weakness.
There’s also the whole tizzy about the town-gown relations in Evanston, but given how politically inactive I am, I pay little attention to that stuff. Yes, I often absorb into my own world.
Regardless of where you live, you should try to embrace the positives and minimize the negatives.
The Daily Prompt today, like this whole week, was the name of a song (and one that I somewhat like). Titles can always be made interesting like that.
As of 17:44 central DAYLIGHT time, here are some other responses:
- Alien on the fence | The Bliss of Reality
- Dubai World Trade Center Wedding: Amal & Mahmood | Rima Hassan
- Street lamp hiding in the trees | The Bliss of Reality
- I live in a city (Poem) | A mom’s blog
- Rebuilding the City – where to start | A Teacher’s Blog
- The Daily Prompt & Start With We (short story) | The Jittery Goat
- Civilisation | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
- Making love – the role of the sacred. Civilisation | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
- DP Daily Prompt: We Built This City | Sabethville
- S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | In the Shadows
- If I were mayor… | Sue’s Trifles
- Once promising, the colour has started to fade. Fast. | thoughtsofrkh
- Ogden Shmogden | Community | WANGSGARD
- San Francisco Twenty Twelve Part One | Greg Urbano
- My beautiful Melbourne | Purplesus’ Blog
- No Place I’d Rather Be | snapshotsofawanderingheart
- DAILY PROMPT: Getting back to nature | cockatooscreeching
- Train journeys | A picture is worth 1000 words
- Daily Prompt: We Built This City- Psychology behind embracing change | Journeyman
- Daily Prompt: We Built This City | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
- civilization | yi-ching lin photography
- Daily Prompt: My Town | A Day In The Life
- most cities are | y
- Where I live | Kate Murray
- If I Was A Mayor | Flowers and Breezes
- Spring – A Haiku | My Little Avalon
- Daily Prompt: We Built This City | Basically Beyond Basic
- We Built This City: Civilization – Cat City | Khana’s Web
- What’s The Word On The Street? Betting Shops, Pawn Shops & Empty Shops… | Steve Says…
- Build Your City | Faith, Life and Compassion
- In My City… | Life Confusions
- Do Pgh Memes Inherently Have To Be Racist, Transphobic and Vicious?
- what of the stories | peacefulblessedstar
- Daily Prompt: We Built This City | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
- Sitting in a P.A. Haze | Finale to an Entrance
- I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
- 275. Broken City | Barely Right of Center
- We Built This City | melissuhhsmiles
- Home is Where the Art Is | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
- College campus (Daily Prompt: “We Built This City, Show Us Civilization”) | Photo0pal Photography
- Hometown – the good, the bad and the ugly | Why is there bread in my Kool-Aid?
- A BIT OF CIVILIZATION | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
- False Hope of Spring | Elizabeth Merritt Abbott
- Civilization | The Land Slide Photography
- we built this city | klstar2000
- Cancer Isn’t Pink
- Earthquakes and Civilizations | Cancer Isn’t Pink
- We Built this City | Brain Teaser
- New York: This Dream Isn’t Feeling Sweet | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
- My Kind of Town | My Author-itis
- Civilization | Photos by Emilio
- Daily Prompt: We Built This City/Civilization | @ The West Gate
- Living on Cape Cod | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
- Make a house a home | sunny side dreamers
- We Built This City, We Built WordPress | Views Splash!
- My Little Piece of Heaven in the Philippines | Schizo Incognito
- We Built This City: Daily Post | Destino
- Daily Prompt: Of a Civilized Fashion | Born on a Wednesday
- Abusive Courtesy | thejimmieG
- The Flare | THE MARRIED MAN WHO LOVES HIS X
- Daily Prompt: We Built This City: Home: a Village in a Valley | Just Be V
- Grave concerns | thesememorieswhich