Comment 43009

By AnneMariePavlov (registered) | Posted July 09, 2010 at 09:35:29

"Why does someone choose to live in a 500 square foot apartment in New York City when they could have a 2,000 square foot house in, I don't know, Utica? What does the city offer that justifies the cost and inconvenience?"

Living in cramped quarters in New York or Toronto is acceptable because these cities have thrilling things to do at every corner: great shopping, theatre, concerts, restaurants, and walkability. I personally try to live as a ideal urbanist in Hamilton, without a car, in a cramped condo downtown, on a bus route, but it is sad to say that I could spend the same money for a sprawling home on the mountain if I bought into car culture like everyone else. It's just that I don't drive, so the deciding force for my decision is convenience, plus my old man is disabled and older, and he can't walk anywhere. I am the only one at work who walks or busses to work and lives in an apartment. Everyone else commutes long distances, and lives in a big house, and drives a gas guzzler. This city promotes car culture. The stadium fiasco is only the latest example.

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