Shirley Leung's column about why she and her husband left the South End for the suburbs is actually a decent enough piece about the problems faced by people who live in the South End who decide to have children.
My problem with her column (granted, as the president of the Center for the Easily Annoyed) is that she conflates the South End with the entire city of Boston - she makes it clear she lives in a binary world consisting of "the city" and " the suburbs."
Forgetting for a moment that somehow, people do figure out how to raise kids in the South End, there's a lot more to "the city" than precious third-floor walkups in brownstones down the block from chi-chi little bakeries and boites.
I suspect that for the price of what is now their two-bedroom rental property on Mass. Ave., Leung and her husband could have bought an entire house, or at the least, a spacious condo - within walking distance of restaurants and shops in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, South Boston or Brighton, to name a few places that are, in fact, also part of the city.
There are entire communities of people raising their kids in the city nowhere near the South End. Our taxes go to City Hall, we go to the same museums, we have the same issues with the school system.
I'm not saying there aren't reasons why somebody might want to live in the South End over, say, Roslindale. But is it really too much to ask for a columnist at the Boston Globe to recognize that "the city" doesn't end at Mass. Ave.?
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