Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Along with offering both a city atmosphere and a feeling of being in the country, Brookline is also home to a wide mix of people. As surprisingly close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline has firmly refused to be absorbed by Boston, which surrounds it like a horseshoe. Its major retail centers, including Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.