Families Leaving Suburbia For The City

For some New York families the move from the city to the suburbs is not all that it is cracked up to be.
January 9, 2006, 6am PST | Mike Lydon
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"For many New York City families, January is the cruelest month. It is a time to get seriously claustrophobic in an apartment stocked with young children and the vast plastic undergrowth in which they thrive. It also a time for many to ponder the absurdity (or impossibility) of paying thousands upon thousands of dollars for private-school tuition, soon due for the coming semester.

But those plotting a hasty exit to the suburbs (the space! the schools! the space!) may want to consider the experience of others who went before them, only to double back within a year.

"I'm never leaving the city again; I'm terrified of leaving the city," said Anna Hillen, 42, summing up the prevailing sentiment among the repatriates interviewed for this article."

Thanks to Mike Lydon

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Published on Sunday, January 8, 2006 in The New York Times
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