Let’s get one thing clear; a lot of people prefer living in cities. They really do.
First of all, a lot of it is economic. If you are looking to make money or to get a job, chances are, there will be a lot more employment and also a higher pay if you live in a city as opposed to living in a rural environment.
This is a no-brainer because in a city, there are a tremendous amount of businesses. There are a wider range of business types, there are many different business ecosystems that have evolved over time, which can accommodate a lot more job seekers as well as customers.
Another reason why people go to the city is because there’s a sense of stability there. Whether you need to get from Point A to Point B quickly or whether you’re looking for a particular range of products and services, cities have a higher likelihood of delivering what you are looking for.
This is why it’s not a surprise that a lot of people live in urban centers or relocate to suburban settings. It is so they’re close to the city, while at the same time, enjoying the open space as well as larger parks and green spaces of their suburban dwelling.
The idea here, of course, is to have your cake and eat it too. You get a job in the city, you get paid well, but when you go home, you get to go home to a place that is far removed enough from the city to remind you of a simpler and a more peaceful place.
Well, suburbs can get quite dehumanizing. Let’s just get that out of the way. In the 1950’s, more Americans left the urban core of big cities in the United States. Instead, they moved to nearby, newly developed areas that would give them proximity to their work, while at the same time, removing them geographically from their work.
It’s supposed to be the best of both worlds, but the problem is, most of these suburban developers simply used a cookie cutter strategy. They would take one house design and replicate it hundreds, if not thousands of times and call the result a community. This is how a lot of Americans view and define suburbia.
Suburban sprawl is no joke. It creates a lot of traffic, and it can be quite dehumanizing because all the houses look alike and, ultimately, a lot of people’s attitude becomes very provincial, close-minded and parochial.
What do you do in that situation? How do you maintain some sort of open mind? How do you reconnect with Mother Nature?
Well, those are classic questions posed in suburban settings and, thankfully, we now have a green spaces movement. More and more parks are opening up. More and more public open spaces are being converted into green spaces. This has a tremendously positive effect on people living in the suburbs because they get to reconnect with their sense of possibility, newness and adventure.
We’re not just talking about gardens here. We’re talking about green walkways, grass, open spaces where people can watch free movies—the possibilities are endless. The key is to open the mind by allowing it to contemplate open geographic spaces.