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Sid Tafler

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Where to live in the 21st century

Where's the best place to live, and why, in the second decade of the 21st century?
- a major metropolis like New York, London or Beijing.
- a smaller big city of 3-5 million.
- a much smaller city of fewer than a million people.
- a town of fewer than 50,000.
- a village of fewer than 1,000.
- or a rural area, farm, country cottage, with just you and your family.
- or somewhere else, not on his list.
Tell us of the place you live, or would like to live and why it's right for you.

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    Oct 7 2013: Without expressing a personal preference, I think people's needs, tastes, and interests will determine where the best place is for them to live. As an example, people who want to be able to take advantage of the amenities a city provides but do not drive, will likely prefer an in-city location over a suburb unless public transportation is convenient and economical. People who have serious medical needs also probably benefit from easy access to the medical center for a large city.
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    Oct 7 2013: For the past 5 years I have lived in mid-north rural Portugal on the edge of a small village, half-way between the old capital of Portugal (Coimbra), and the newer small city of Viseu. Prior to that I lived by the sea in an artists' colony in St Ives, Cornwall, U.K. I always try and live somewhere beautiful so I never need to go on holiday.
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    Oct 9 2013: Depends cities are more efficient but if things go south they are not the place to be.

    From what I read the west power grid is the most robust. Plus less population would be a plus. IOW you do not want to be on the east coast.

    Foreign countries might be more stable such as Chile, or NZ. But their currency will be stonger so the buck wont go as far.

    Family trumps the other considerations.
  • Oct 9 2013: I think safety is a big consideration by many people as well as job location. Other factors depends on whether you have a family (where is the closest school that has good reputation) or like outdoor outings (how close I can be to a park or mountain without travel to work too far).

    It is interesting that many people don't consider location nearby their work as a place to live. I think partly because they like to relax and not be reminded of their work?

    I like crowds at events and festivals but not when traveling to work or going to a facility. Suburb seems a good choice?

    I also think that depending on what country you live in, you might live in city to feel safer or in a village to escape modern life.
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      Oct 9 2013: With all due respect, I think whether to choose a place close to work place to live depends on how advanced and convenient our transportations are.
      • Oct 9 2013: Yes I agree that for some people transportation is very important and they will choose location based on that. At the same time you can see that many people commute to work using congested highways, sometimes taking them an hour or more to get to work. These people seem to prefer to have a large house and/or larger land that they cannot afford in locations closer to their employment.
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    Oct 8 2013: .

    "- a village of fewer than 1,000"
    where it meets our instincts best
    and gives us invalid (harmful) happiness less.
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      Oct 10 2013: Of course if we are all going to live in villages of less than 1000 population we may have to reduce the population a bit. Probably halve it.
  • Oct 8 2013: Have to agree with Fritzie. My wife and I are thinking of moving and the criteria of medical availability, hospitals, and public transportation rank high on our list.
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    Oct 8 2013: I think people will prefer to live where there is happiness and social harmony with people and the nature.