Ask David and Molly Fine, who appear on our “Rating the Burbs” cover, what they like about their particular suburb, and you’ll hear a range of comments.

“What I like about Mariemont is the close-knit community. I appreciate living in a place that affords my family an old-time neighborhood complete with parks, town square and plenty of places to walk,” says David Fine, who spent 23 years as vice president of design resources for an upscale interior furnishings manufacturer before earning his real estate license five years ago. He currently works as a commercial real estate agent with Townmark Inc. Realty.

“David and I have lived in Mariemont for 11 years,” adds Molly, who works for the University of Cincinnati Supplemental Educational Services division, in addition to training intervention specialists for Cincinnati Public Schools. “We love the square and have enjoyed walking to the movie theater and going to Graeter’s afterwards.”

The Fines were chosen byCincyas a representative suburban couple at the suggestion of Mariemont mayor Dan Policastro. “The Fines are involved in a lot of things here,” notes the mayor, who adds they can always be seen in front of their Tudor house on Pleasant Street, working in their garden and yard. “They are always volunteering for a lot of things that need to be done in the community.”

The family stays involved in Mariemont civic life through the Kiwanis Club of Mariemont, Mariemont Masonic Lodge and the local softball league. “Both our kids have flourished in a fantastic Boy Scout troop,” Molly adds.

All this proving what our “Rating the Burbs” project is all about: That life can be good in the suburbs. If not Fine.