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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 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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