So now, of course, I've changed my mind and we've started the neighborhood hunt all over again. We are looking for a balance of safety, diversity and good schools. But then sometimes we go around about the good schools because if we move back into the main district we'll have access to some really great schools. If we do that, we can put each kid into the school that suits them best. But maybe that's not the kind of family we are? Maybe we are the kind of family that has all three of our kids going to and graduating from the same school? The kind of family that has that school sticker on the car and closets full of clothes in the school colors?
And where can we really go for "diversity" that is still safe? It seems that Jt and I have different standards of safety. For instance, he does not think we are as safe as we should be where we live right now. While I think that living the entire sixish years we have here without a single incident makes this plenty safe. He wants our kids to be able to ride their bikes 2 miles away from home like we did as kids. But he doesn't want to commute the 60 mintutes from Centerville so whatever.
We go back and forth and side to side and always end up right where we started. Wanting to move to San Diego. But we are here and we really are staying here. And that's good. We are close to family. Mine anyway.
Our options as they appear to us:
- move to Blue Ash, Loveland, Madeira or West Chester with nice, safe neighborhoods and great public schools, give up on diversity
- move onto a safer street in College Hill or Northside with cheaper houses, more diversity (ethnic, racial and socio-ecomnomic) questionable safety and access to the best public schools
- stay here or maybe Finneytown where we'll have decent schools and diversity while remaining relatively safe
What do you consider when looking for a home? Were these things an issue in your decision (or will they be)? Is diversity as important as I think it is? Or does it not matter as long as your kids grow up learning that we respect everyone?