Did you Ever Wonder Why?

So ever since 2011, when we moved here from Bucks County, PA, I’ve fallen in love with the south. So many things are different in a very positive way. The warmth of the people, the pace of life, the cost of living, etc.

But there a couple things that have perplexed me and left me “wondering why.” One is the phenomenon of busing kids versus parents taking them to school. Up North, almost everyone seems to ride the bus (elementary school age). Here the opposite exists, with parents spending a lot of their days  waiting to pick up and drop off their kids. Google street view has some examples below locally here in South Carolina.

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While up North, layouts dont need to accommodate the “parental processional” twice a day. See below.

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The southern setup makes commuting during school hours much busier than it would otherwise be. Parents spill out onto the roads, sometimes snarling traffic.

So why is this? I’d love to hear others opinions! When I look at the demographics (it appears that the mix of bussed kids versus driven kids).



I may be off base. Help me de-mystify this phenomenon!


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