None of the old Philadelphia apartment buildings I used to live in could by any means be considered luxury living, but it was an experience I wouldn’t trade the world for. The years I spent city living in a loft were some of the best years of my life, and I only let myself move away because of work.
Someday, I plan on moving back, because quite frankly, city living beats suburb living. Here’s a few reasons why.
Conquering the Snow.
If you’ve ever lived in the Northeastern part of the country, you know how obnoxious (and quite hazardous) winters can get. One of the perks of city living is that the streets and sidewalks are plowed, the roads are salted, and traffic is relatively less affected. After this past winter, I’ll gladly move back to any place where I don’t have to shovel my way to my vehicle.
I own a car now because I need to, but back in my city living days, I never had to drive myself anywhere. I could get a taxi, catch a bus, or use the subway. It’s not quite as direct, but it’s a whole lot less frustrating and a lot easier. Plus, it’s cheaper and better for the environment. I’d gladly take a 20 minute subway ride over a 10 minute drive in traffic.
One of the biggest reasons I love city living over suburban living is the sheer fact that cities just have bigger better things going on in them–more plays, bigger musical acts, diverse cultural events. Some people like to check out art galleries or the like on vacation, but I would visit on a weekly basis. There’s always something new to see and do.
At least for me, these are the best reasons to live in a city. If you have any questions, or have any of your own reasons you’d like to share, feel free to do so in the comments!