But does having a Starbucks on every other block really make life better? Are urban dwellers deeper? I find it ironic how many urban transplants I know here who typically listen to world music on NPR at the same time a lot of the people we know in the cities who pity us are watching The Real Housewives of Wherever or Dancing With the Stars.

Our lives aren't inherently richer or more shallow based on where we live. It's how we live that matters. Maine doesn't always afford me as many choices as Chicago did, but it offers as much diversity, even if it isn't the kind I grew up with.

Shay Stewart-Bouley can be reached at diversecity_phoenix@yahoo.com.

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