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Country or city life

  1. Jul 19, 2005 #1

    wolram

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    Which do you prefer?

    To me cities and towns are places to avoid, and only visit out of necessity,
    I don't like the crowds, traffic, aroma, hustle and bustle.
    Some cities, towns are 24/7 so i guess there is all ways some thing to do
    but it's not for me.
     
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  3. Jul 19, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Hmm im not sure what the aroma is in our city :P. We have quite a lot of bustle but not much hustble... Plus the country roads around here are dangerous and everyoen in teh country lives a billion miles away.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2005 #3

    matthyaouw

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    I prefer to take the middle ground- live on the outskirts of a medium sized city, so there's plenty to do and lots of people to see, but the countryside is just a stone's throw away.
    I do love the country, but i don't think i could be happy so far away from everything/everyone. I'd get bored/lonely a lot.
     
  5. Jul 19, 2005 #4

    Monique

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    A small old style apartment in the middle of a large city, definately :approve:
     
  6. Jul 19, 2005 #5

    wolram

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    What is meant by, "old style", how do they differ from new?
     
  7. Jul 19, 2005 #6

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    I much prefer the relative quiet of the country-side, having lived in several major cities (and visited several of the world's major cities) and several very small country towns.

    Unfortunately, at the moment, my family and I live in what is essentially as suburban area. And we get the benefit of ozone and other air pollution from the major metropolitan area, which is spread out some 50-100 miles to the south of us. :grumpy:
     
  8. Jul 19, 2005 #7

    wolram

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    I guess city dwellers get used to the aroma of pollutants, but to me different
    cities have different aromas, some are ok but others not.
     
  9. Jul 19, 2005 #8

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    Quite true - each city has a unique smell.

    I lived outside (150 km) of one major city, where my family (parents and siblings) and a few close friends lived. When I would visit the city after being away for several months, I would invariable smell the 'stench' up to 100 km away, and the smell grew stronger as I approached. Then I would notice the 'brown' or 'yellow' air.

    Now when I fly along the eastern and southeast coast of the US, when the plane flies through the low altitiudes (700 - 1500 m), I can see the 'brown' haze that stretches across the sky.

    I then wonder why we poison ourselves and the world which is our home. I wonder how many illnesses and premature deaths are caused by that pollution. For many, I suppose it's out of sight, out of mind.
     
  10. Jul 19, 2005 #9

    wolram

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    All this sounds so bad :yuck: but i wonder if humanity will evolve to tolerate
    this gunge? That sounds worse human rats.
     
  11. Jul 19, 2005 #10

    matthyaouw

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    In some cases, each street does. There are a few places in my city that I can identify by smell alone.
     
  12. Jul 19, 2005 #11

    wolram

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    The country side is getting worse, i guess no where is far from a motorway
    in the uk, and traffic on b roads can be horrendous at peak times.
     
  13. Jul 19, 2005 #12

    honestrosewater

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    I live here (between Tampa and St. Petersburg). I would guess it's a medium-sized city. I think it's quite nice. I like having plenty of stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, recreation facilities, libraries, museums, emergency services, and such nearby. There are also lots of tourist attractions around. I don't feel like it's overcrowded, but I would much rather live in a car-free city.
     
  14. Jul 19, 2005 #13

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    In my neighborhood, we have 4 Thai restaurants, 3 Japanese, 2 Ethiopian, 1 morrocan, 3 mexican, 3 noodle shops, 4 italians, 1 cajun, 1 vietnamese, countless bars and dance clubs, etc., all within walking distance. One just doesn't get that kind of ethnic and cultural diversity away from the city. It's busy, yes. Noisy? Sometime. Parking? Horrible at times. But I wouldn't trade living with such diverse group of people from practically all over the world for peace and quiet. The idea of "different but equal" is never more clearly illustrated here.

    Zz.
     
  15. Jul 19, 2005 #14

    honestrosewater

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    I lived on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge for a summer, and you could definitely smell the garbage in some places. I just held my breath and walked a little faster until I was past it. :yuck: It was still great to be able to walk around safely at night, because there were plenty of other people walking around. I miss being able to do that here.
     
  16. Jul 19, 2005 #15

    wolram

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    Your city looks nice, surrounded by water, and i think all cities should be car free, bring back the trams.
     
  17. Jul 19, 2005 #16

    wolram

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    Why is it not safe to walk around at night, gangs or some such?
     
  18. Jul 19, 2005 #17

    Monique

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    Right now I live in a new apartment, which feels like a concrete box. A friend of mine living a few streets down lives in an apartment that is original to the neighbourhood, which still has wooden floors and lots of character. A pro of new buildings is that you don't have mice and noise from neighbours, a con is lack of character.
    Exactly my sentiment, I love the ethnic/cultural diversity in large cities. Everything is walking/cycling distance, or you just hop onto the subway/tram. I like going to the park and sit there reading a book, watching city live go by.
     
  19. Jul 19, 2005 #18

    wolram

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    Doe's any one live or work in a sky scraper, do they scare you, "i see they sway
    in the wind", is that noticeable? how long would it take to get out of one like
    the empire state from the top?
     
  20. Jul 19, 2005 #19

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    There are some gangs (the only ones I've had contact with are the Bloods, B Boys, Eastside, Latin Kings, Crips, and Folk Nation), but they are usually only physically violent with each other. They don't have a big presence, and AFAIK there aren't a lot of hardcore members in my area. I've really only had contact with them because I was friends with a lot of them when I was younger and stupider. I think I could probably spot a group of them anyway, since they usually display their colors and such (wearing hats to the gang's side (right or left), rolling up pant leg of their side, tattoos, etc.). They also usually congregate in certain areas, which I would avoid. Anyway, I'm more afraid of lone rapists and murderers who might see a young woman walking alone down the street at night as easy prey. Not that there is a lot of crime here- it just isn't safe enough.
     
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  21. Jul 19, 2005 #20

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    I like living near cities, but not in them. I want to be able to go into the city on weekends to have things to do, or even to work in a city...there's an energy there that I can just feed off of, but then have my house out where it's quiet and dark at night.
     
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