Why Do We Hate the Suburbs?
Bradley, while spurring these young folks to action, did not actually defend the suburban lifestyle—chiding the “lukewarm Christians” living in “safety, comfort, and material ease” there—he just thought the Radicals and Metro-Evangelicals were overreacting.
In response to Bradley’s mild critique of this reflexive anti-suburbanism, the editors at Fare Forward reflexively proclaimed their anti-sburbanism:
[T]here are some things deeply unChristian, and deeply counter to even natural virtue, in the suburbs. . . [A]s the buzz around Rod Dreher’s latest book on moving home, a lot of the anti-suburban sentiment comes from people who support small town living just as much as from those who support city living. And the thing that unites the city and the country against the suburbs is the belief that the suburbs are not, as a matter of fact, ordinary, natural life, but a strange artificial construct that hinders ordinary lives and ordinary relationships.