So here’s the thing. I actually really like the suburbs. The cool kids may live in Highlands or RiNo or whatever the trendy abbreviation is this month, but I’ll take my slower-paced, kid-filled, more-grass-than-asphalt neighborhood any day. And it’s not just about having a bigger house or better schools or a safer place to live; suburbia can provide the kind of community that cities aspire to, but quieter. I like that quiet, that stillness.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve spent a good chunk of my life in Denver and Boulder, and I love both to no end. Not a week goes by when I don’t visit one or both (let’s be honest – they’ve got us beat for food and culture), but, at the end of the day, I want to return home to a house I can afford, a yard big enough for my three dogs to run around in, and – OK this one is pretty superficial – a saved-just-for-me, covered parking space in my garage.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with suburbia’s criticisms: It’s fake. Generic. Devoid of identity. Cookie cutter. It certainly can be, but, like anything else, it’s what you make of it.
Suburbia is also handstand contests at neighborhood pools. Trampolines the size of city studios. A nonstop stream of little Elsas on Halloween. My neighbor’s car at the ready the next time mine won’t start.
I hope that Highlands Ranch Lifestyle reflects that version of the suburbs. Celebrating the people who choose to follow their dreams; who also just so happen to choose to live in a place where their kids can ride bikes in the cul-de-sac and go sledding in the greenbelt. Where we uncover local restaurants that may not have much of an advertising budget, but are delicious spots at which to savor an evening. And to spotlight the bars, breweries and cafes where you can sip away a lazy morning or chatty evening.
This month we focus on talented women working in a variety of fields – from academia to altruism to animals. If you’re looking for a jolt of inspiration, read their stories. There’s also a pretty major artist living in our midst, and we explore her story and work in a revealing Q&A. And don’t miss the delicious feature on the local French bakery, Pierre Michel. If those pictures don’t make you scrap your low-carb diet, I don’t know what will.
After you’re done enjoying the magazine, go enjoy the suburbs. They’re pretty cool after all.