Rating the Suburbs - Hinckley

AJ Petitti, 31
vice president of operations at Petitti Garden Centers
I’ve never been to Buzzard Day. But it’s huge in Hinckley. There’s a ton of people who turn out for it. With binoculars and cameras. It’s one of the only few places that buzzards return anywhere in the country. I don’t know why.

A vulture. They are huge. To see them fly is cool.

Hinckley is beautiful. It’s not rural, but it’s not the city. I used to live downtown, and I just wanted the peace and quiet.

I wanted a deck, so I built a nice deck. I got a bird feeder — it’s the little things.

Cardinals and blue jays. Sparrows and chickadees.

When people are driving up the street and see me working in the yard, they’ll stop and they’ll ask me for some tips. My yard has got everything easy and simple in it. I do a lot of container gardening.

Hinckley is close to five freeways — Interstates 71, 271, 480, 80 and 77. Everything is right there.

“Wow, that’s really far.” That’s the first thing that comes to people’s minds. It’s really not that far. It’s about 25 minutes from downtown, 15 minutes to Strongsville, 25 minutes to Beachwood.

The Hinckley Reservation. The lake especially is gorgeous. It’s beautiful in the summertime. You can go fishing. You can just walk around. A lot of families go swimming.

With Hinckley being a township, the tax benefits are a lot nicer. You don’t have to pay RITA or CCA.

A lot of the residents want to keep it small and kind of semirural. I think it will stay that way for a long time.

I hit my neighbor’s mailbox. It was really icy, and I went sliding down the hill. They were really nice about it. It was a good way to get to know everybody.

If you like park sand you like nature, I don’t know if there are too many places quite like Hinckley. Really green, very lush. A lot of rolling hills. The landscape has a lot of character.
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