Freedom is set in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Franzen is a native of a St. Louis suburb.
Many of us have watched in horror at the events as they have transpired in this suburb of St. Louis.
On August 21, rockets struck in the east and west of the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, at the time a rebel stronghold.
She would lure him to a Paris suburb where the gang waited in ambush.
The Saab makes its way slowly through Bloomfield Hills, the tony Detroit suburb next to Birmingham.
One night Charles received notice that his men had just been attacked in a suburb which they had held, and were flying.
There may be some time, when that part of the country becomes a suburb of Cordova!
A curious proceeding held my rapt attention as we neared Petersburg, a suburb of Denver.
He has a perfectly self-conscious joy that he is not in a square or a suburb.
We were comfortably installed in the Hotel Moana, in the suburb of Waikiki.
mid-14c., "residential area outside a town or city," from Old French suburbe, from Latin suburbium "an outlying part of a city," from sub "below, near" (see sub-) + urbs (genitive urbis) "city." An Old English word for it was underburg. Close to crowds but just beyond the reach of municipal jurisdiction, suburbs in 17c., especially those of London, had a sense of "inferior, debased, and licentious habits or life" (e.g. suburban sinner, slang for "loose woman, prostitute"). By 1817, the tinge had shifted to "inferior manners and narrow views." Compare also French equivalent faubourg.
[T]he growth of the metropolis throws vast numbers of people into distant dormitories where ... life is carried on without the discipline of rural occupations and without the cultural resources that the Central District of the city still retains. [Lewis Mumford, 1922]