I need to go to downtown today... it's been a long time since I went there, I would say maybe 2 years? What are you, a downtown or suburbs person?
In "normal" times, I work downtown and live not too far away from there (in London terms, it's a 45 minute commute).
My short answer is that I prefer a "downtown" area, for the walkability. But the neighborhood I live in is suburb-like while still being fairly walkable and I really like that.
I want the walkability of a city, but adjacent to the wilderness. Suburbs is the worst of both worlds.
I guess it depends on the size of your city... if it's a small city, the suburbs will be close to The wilderness. But I see what you mean!