Back to those leafy suburbs
An exchange on Facebook started by Pamela Blackburn Nelson, who operates the Triangle Grammar Guide blog for the News & Observer in Raleigh:
Pamela Blackburn Nelson thinks that she may live in a leafy suburb.
Eileen Heyes Is it a close-knit community?
Pamela Blackburn Nelsson it's certainly not an affluent enclave.
Eileen Heyes Does it have small houses with neatly kept yards?
Pamela Blackburn Nelson Yes, but no manicured lawns.
Eileen Heyes Wow. I'm out of cliches! Must be all these months of not copy editing.
Right, if it were an affluent enclave, there would be stately homes along the tree-lined streets. Instead, there are soccer moms driving their children to largely all-white schools and team sports in SUVs. The families, fleeing the crime-ridden streets of the inner city, moved there for the open spaces. But even some of those modest homes may be underwater — not from flooding, but from plummeting real estate values in a distressed economy, especially when the breadwinner is vulnerable to a reduction in force from his downsizing corporation.
Why pay for a newspaper when you could so easily just write this stuff yourself?