I just spent the last 2 weeks with a friend who is getting cancer treatments in Seattle. Living in the city is fun, kind of. There is culture, diversity, food, entertainment. But I don't think it is for me. Too much noise, homeless and sketchy people, filth. I am happy to be back in quiet town.
Are you a city person? Country person? Somewhere in the middle?
I am, by upbringing and nature, more of a small town or small city person. But. here in Tampa. I live in a secluded (but, not gated) neighborhood full of trees and greenery.It is easy to foregt that there is an eight-lane street with heavy traffic less than 10 blocks away.
The only large city I have ever loved was Berlin, Germany. The city was full of parks and forest where one could get away from people, sidewalk pubs and cafes, and cultural events, along with a public transportation system so good that one did not need a car.
At heart I have always been a nature and animal lover and therefore prefer a country environment, especially forests. There is also an appeal in City life for culture and the oppurtunity to meet many people from different backgrounds. If we can bring nature into the city, that would be great for city dwellers.
I've never liked big crowds of people. I have lived in NY my whole life though. There is just so much to do and so many places to go. I can do without the people though. I also like country life to a point. When you grow up in a city like NY, you mostly know how to deal with all the bad. Whether you want to deal with it is a different story. When I visit my brother in NC, I just notice there is less stress.
Though I live in the suburbs, I'm a die-hard New Yorker. I love the culture and the diversity. That being said, I'll stay far away from the crowded and overly commercial tourist areas and instead go to neighborhoods and take part in activities that are quieter and quirkier.
A country person. I was asked as a teenage what was my idea of my dream place to live. I replied a house on a few acres. I live north of a metropolitan area on approximately 2-3/4 acres. Over the past several decades, especially since Hurricane Katrina, this area has gotten more stores, services, etc. (One negative note is the fact 2,000 doctors of varying disciplines left the Greater New Orleans area after Katrina.)
I always considered myself a 'city person,' having lived most of my life in metropolitan cities (Jacksonville FL, Atlanta GA, Memphis TN, Richmond Va, Baltimore MD.) However, after living the past 8 years in a rather rural area of PA, I absolutely do not miss the 'big city.' I like the slower paced life of living in a small town. People tend to be a bit more friendly, which I like. Even though it is a small town (population of about 4000,) we still have people who are living on the streets, which is rather distressing since there is only one homeless shelter in the area and they are a pretty small facility with limited bedspace. And of course, we have some "sketchy" people too, but they are for the most part harmless.