Not sterile. That's what I told an archictectural student from Milwaukee who lives in RP. She's working down at the Mart and was interviewing locals for a paper about her neighborhood. She wanted one word to describe what I liked best, and after going off on a long statement about all the reasons why I came to RP and like it here I finally came up with the words; not sterile. RP is not sterile.
We are a gooey, messy, thorny neighborhood with a fair amount of roses, pearls, and gems in our midst. But you have to delve for them, they aren't presented on a silver platter by white-gloved butlers. This is not your pasteurized, homogenized suburban sub-division. RP is not necessarily an easy place to live in, but it is alive and kicking. It's definitely not sterile and I wouldn't have it any other way.