Mike McGrenehan thought he was headed for a life in the suburbs.
Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, not far from the city limits, McGrenehan always figured he’d marry, have kids, and ship off to the open spaces of suburbia. The “McMansion push,” he called it.
He moved to Montgomery County when he and his wife first married, but it never quite felt like home.
“When we left, we were out on an island,” he said.
After a few years, they moved back to Northeast Philly, had three kids, but reached another turning point when their oldest turned five.