It was safe, and it was home.
When you came from as far out in the sticks as I did, there weren't any tourists... or for that matter, many strangers.
I grew up in a post-WWII neighborhood in Buffalo, NY where all the houses looked the same. My parents had 4 children and our house was 1300 sq ft. Our road was right next to a major thoroughfare. And being relatively close to Niagara Falls, we had a lot of big transmission power lines near us. I remember their buzzing - we often played underneath them.
I was there.
I lived in a few places and they were pretty boring! Although the DA said he had worked in Chicago, and the crimes he saw in my small town were much more vicious