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Old February 18th, 2013, 04:19 PM   #41
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suburbias kill cities, turning them into desolate crime ridden places, (see Detroit) where only those unfortunate enough who can't afford to live in suburbias get to live (look at how awful usa, australia, and canada are for example) with the city also the arts suffer, the urban movement declines, the sustainability of cities dies out, effective modern public transportation disappears, mom and pop stores with their own personality die to be replaced by big shopping malls with the same stores all over.......

it all ends up into a monogamous depressing landscape of miles and miles of houses that look alike, shopping malls and parking lots where the only thing that everyone feels is the profound boredom you get outta living these disgusting places!!! oh and don't forget.... you'll need a car to go anywhere!!!

(SUBURBIAS SHOULD BE FIREBOMBED OUTTA EXISTENCE FOR THE SAKE OF THE ENVIRONMENT)
You're seeing it from a North American and to some extent, a South African perspective.

But here in Asia it is different as the city-centre is more vibrant compared to the suburbs.

Yes I live in the suburbs. But I work and spend my time in the city.

Detroit is highly depended on the automobile industry and when the industry crashed, so did the city.

Another reason is "white flight" in which many of it's caucasian population has moved to the suburbs.

But again, this is also the same with Johannesburg in South Africa.

Anyway, there are many US cities that have vibrant city centres. This include New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, San Antonio and the "sin cities" of Las Vegas and Reno.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 07:28 AM   #42
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Old February 19th, 2013, 07:01 PM   #43
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wow that is so low
Real estate in huge swaths of the United States is dirt cheap. It partly explains why places like North Carolina and Texas attract so many people. You can buy a lot of house in places like that.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:43 AM   #44
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I love the city. I grew up in a rural area. After moving to Taipei in 2006, I had shock from all the people. Once the shock wore off, I was addicted to city life. I don't think I can ever go back. Sometimes noise bothers me, but I can live with it. Everytime I go to my home town, I am appaled at how people drive everywhere. It just seems so lame to do so.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #45
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Asian city centres tend to be more vibrant.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 07:24 AM   #46
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I definitely prefer city life, hence why I want to move to Manhattan; and for other reasons as well.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 12:44 AM   #47
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Somwhere between. Suburbias are like a spreading cancer. They are cosy to live in as long as you don't need to move outwards.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:54 AM   #48
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I prefer the city life as well but rather be living in suburbia.

Beside the city is only 30 to 40 minutes drive from our place or 30 mins but train.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:04 PM   #49
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I'm a big fan of suburbia. I think apartment living has its place - in the city centre. But as I have said before on other threads they are never ideal for raising a family which is where suburbia comes in.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:03 PM   #50
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I'd much rather be living in the middle of a major city. It's much more lively than suburbia.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:16 PM   #51
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A major city - but when raising a family maybe some quitness would be good but as in European or Japanese suburbia in a major metropolitan region which is still somehow "urban" - for the most part you have the possibility of public transportation and high streets with shops never tend to be too far away in walking distance.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:35 PM   #52
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Depend of how big city is? In very big cities like New York, suburbia is suburbia and there is annoyingly, but in smalest cities circa 500.000-1.000.000 population, suburbs doesnt really exists and there is not annoyingly and from suburbs can go to walk to downtown in 30 min, and it is cool.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 03:27 AM   #53
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I'd much rather be living in the middle of a major city. It's much more lively than suburbia.
We can still experience the big city life despite living in the suburbs. Especially if the travel distance isn't that long.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 04:51 PM   #54
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It depends. In Rio de Janeiro suburbia generally are violent and poor areas of the city. At the same time, there are regions 35km away of the city center which is the center to a lot of industries (television, entertainment, sports) and main services of the metropolis (like luxury goods and restaurants)...
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Old February 24th, 2013, 03:23 PM   #55
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I live in suburbs but it only takes:

- 15 to 20 minutes to reach city center
- 15 to 20 minutes to the international airport
- 45 mins to 1 hour going to the countryside (mountains, beaches, lakes etc..)
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #56
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You're seeing it from a North American and to some extent, a South African perspective.

But here in Asia it is different as the city-centre is more vibrant compared to the suburbs.

Yes I live in the suburbs. But I work and spend my time in the city.

Detroit is highly depended on the automobile industry and when the industry crashed, so did the city.

Another reason is "white flight" in which many of it's caucasian population has moved to the suburbs.

But again, this is also the same with Johannesburg in South Africa.

Anyway, there are many US cities that have vibrant city centres. This include New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, San Antonio and the "sin cities" of Las Vegas and Reno.
sorry to not agree

NYC is a gentrified sterile place that feels like the Walt Disney store more than like a real city

San francisco, is ok though

Chicago, ok is nice

Washington Dc, whatever

Boston, bleeh

San antonio, the highlight of the city is a shopping mall on top of a small creek full of generic stores that u can find just about anywhere in america, are u kidding me?

las vegas? the mile long street full of casinos, other than that is a hellhole full of horrible suburbias in the middle of a horribly hot desert!

reno? it's a tiny town and u need a car to go anywhere

suburban living in America is horrible, wasteful, expensive and non sustainable!!!
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #57
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I think I'll shoot myself If I had to live in those American suburbias where u need a car to go to the store and the only thing to do is to go to the shopping mall to see yet more walmart, targets, jc penneys and macy's.

I remember being in San Diego and thinking, oh my God how do I get outta here!!! you need a car to go ANYWHERE!!! I mean it's ridiculous!
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I would prefer a suburb, but not one that's small. Preferably in the 100,000-400,000 population range. Cities, in my opinion, are a bit chaotic and should be reserved for day trips during the weekend.
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I think I'll shoot myself If I had to live in those American suburbias where u need a car to go to the store and the only thing to do is to go to the shopping mall to see yet more walmart, targets, jc penneys and macy's.

I remember being in San Diego and thinking, oh my God how do I get outta here!!! you need a car to go ANYWHERE!!! I mean it's ridiculous!
San Diego is the eighth largest American city. Calling it a suburb seems a bit degrading.
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For me definitely the city. Dutch suburbs are boring and uninspirational places.
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