I know about Washington Heights and the infamous *hushed voice* Upper West Side. I’ve heard there’s even spillover into northern NJ. And there’s Baltimore. But is that it? Two metropolitan locations on the Eastern seaboard are the sum total of options for orthodox single people to live after they’ve grown out of their parents’ house? It seems kind of limiting.
Does anyone know of any that I’m missing?
If not, how about colonization? If we can get about 30 singles to seed a nice location, and then make a big to-do in all the newspapers and publications of a digital and print sort, I’m sure other people would follow.
There are distinct benefits to living out of town. The cost of living index for NYC averages about 200. (100 is average for the country.) The cost of living index for South Bend, Indiana is 98. For Portland, Oregon, 109. Indianapolis, 88. Milwaukee, 101. Moreover, all of these places are less crowded. Some are even downright pretty. The less urban may have fewer cultural opportunities, but they make up for that with greater access to sporting activities. (Imagine not having to drive two hours to find a hiking trail!) And did you know that a few years ago Waterbury, CT was rated among the best places to live?
Some of those places could use a yeshiva, ’tis true. If the guys are in Lakewood, it’s a bit of a trek for them to meet you in Denver. Which is why I think that all those Lakewood kollelim that are scattered about the country should also include a junior division. Yeshiva guys should be encouraged to learn in out of town communities. Even just temporarily.
Yes… I like that, actually. Temporarily. They can come, learn and date, and then leave. They’ll get to meet the local single populace, and as an extra bonus, experience life outside the tri-state area.
So, how do we start?