In my amusement over the “Wittgensteinian village” silliness, I failed to note the even larger silliness of the article. As Jessica Grose points out, the “trend” it identified was “middle class+ white people with kids are moving to the suburbs.” This is roughly as much a “trend” as “the sun rising in the east.” (Unless you think that the yoga studios and tattooed adults that are in pretty much every city, suburb and exurb of any size in the country count as “hip.”) And what’s even worse is that if anything the trend is receding rather than accelerating.
If you plucked a young white-flight family out of the ’70s and dropped them into Hastings-on-Hudson today, the father would throw away his Norelco forthwith and the mother would start making gin infused with the lawn clippings, because that’s what adults do aspirationally now. The reason that the Times finds “Dutch-style bicycles” and “monofloral honey” and gluten-free red-velvet cupcakes available on Main Street is that it is currently possible, or at least seems possible, to support a commercial lease in a Hudson Valley commuter town by selling those things to the kind of people who live there. Is there vinyasa yoga available now in Hastings-on-Hudson, as the lead announces? Wonderful. It’s catching up to Omaha.