Highs and Lows of Life in the City
Urban growth, which is mostly due to natural increase, is inevitable. The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. Nowadays the urban population accounted for 54% of the total global population. It is estimated that by 2017, even in less developed countries, a majority of people will be living in urban areas. By 2030 this number will swell to almost 5 billion, that's 60%, with urban growth concentrated in less developed regions of the world, Africa and Asia. By 2050, 70% of the world's population will be urban. Studies have shown that people living in cities tend to be far more energy efficient. But that energy surplus is usually directed toward more and more growth, meaning that cities don’t improve our carbon footprints. Having said that, I tried to build a list of the most positive aspects of both urban and rural life, based on the aspects of each that I find most appealing. Top Advantages of City Life: Public transportation. People in the city have better transport facilities than the village. Public transportation, by way of subways, busses, trams and ferries are easy and cheap ways of getting around. Cultural life. If you value going to diverse concerts, attending cinemas on a very regular basis, and other such cultural trappings, city life is for you. I enjoy cinemas, but I’m fine with just visiting one or two a week. Diversity. You get to meet a huge variety of people on a daily basis. Although it’s not a whitewash, most of the interior of the country is not incredibly diverse with the exception of the college towns. In smaller towns in particular, if you just glance at the surface, you’ll not see a wide diversity of opinion (it’s there, but not obvious). Health factor. There is a truism, that people in the country are healthier than people in the city. Certainly there are many health problems associated with the metropolis. If you live in a city, you're more likely to develop asthma, allergies...
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