Writer and New York City resident Jen Kelaidis has penned an op-ed for The Atlantic Cities in which she pines for her salad days in Eden Prairie.
She's one of millions of millennials who have chosen an urban life, but she considers what she is missing and whether life in the city is sustainable:
The number one way the suburbs beat the city, especially for young people, is in affordability. After living in both Washington, D.C., and New York City, I can safely say that affording basic human necessities, such as shelter and sustenance — not to mention having a little fun here and there — is much cheaper outside of the city center. When paying $1,000 per month to share an apartment is a "good deal," and when you don't think twice about spending $14 for a single cocktail, what chance does a young city dweller have to actually save money? Not all cities are as insanely expensive as Washington and New York (Philly! Baltimore! Portland!), but when the mortgage on a spacious, four-bedroom home rivals the monthly rent of a cramped one-bedroom apartment, there really is no competition.