"I was to find that residing in a suburb adds a thrill and a zest to life. It is an experience in having no traditions to live up to." - early resident of Northwood Hills, on the Metropolitan line, quoted from another source (which probably quotes him from another source) in Christian Wolmar, The Subterranean Railway.
[The Subterranean Railway, by Christian Wolmar, London, 2004. A good compromise between geekery and cheery anecdotage, with a surprising narrative drive. A bit of sentence editing would have helped, however.]