The good and the bad about city living

Living in the city may not be perfect, but neither is living in the country or the suburbs

Cities have formed naturally. As people found ways to make a living without being on a farm, they gravitated together for convenience, commerce, and social interaction. Those same forces continue to draw people together into city living.

For the most part, city life is very convenient. We spend less time on the road going to work, and we can walk to many of the things we need each day. It is much easier to get to the best doctors, shopping, and restaurants, and we are probably much closer to the workplace.

But there are drawbacks to city life as well. Things aren’t quite the same in town as they are in the country or even in the suburbs, so you have to do things a little differently to make sure that your city life is enjoyable.

Neighbor Issues

When your closest neighbor is the farmer two kilometers away, you don’t have too many problems with noise. But when you stack hundreds of people into apartments that join on several sides, it’s inevitable that some headaches will emerge.

Most of these issues have been anticipated by management, who has probably implemented policies to deal with noise and excessive foot traffic. But other problems are tougher to identify and regulate, so it’s often up to you to deal with them.

Pests are a good example. Your meticulous cleaning is wasted in 4F if the people in 4E are filthy. Cockroaches and other insects can travel from unit to unit along pipes and wiring, filling your home with unwanted visitors. Moxie Pest Control services deal with a variety of pest problems in apartments and can help you with barrier treatments that keep invaders out.

Pollution Trouble

Just as with neighbors, pollution is easier to handle when it’s spread out. The high concentration of automotive exhaust and other pollutants can really affect your health in cities.

Make a strategy to avoid it whenever you can. Stay alert to current smog conditions and other air quality issues, and stay indoors when conditions are bad. Air quality is affected by humidity, temperature, and wind, as well as by road traffic and even the presence of wildfires. Reschedule exercise and outdoor work when things are bad.

And do your part to reduce pollution. Drive a fuel-efficient or electric vehicle if you can, and be organized with your traveling so that you minimize the distance you drive for daily functions.

Traffic Headaches

Speaking of driving, it helps to be smart about your daily travel. After a short time living in a new area, you can have a good feel on the best routes to use for various destinations. But that only happens if you experiment.

When you need to go somewhere, find a different route back. Measure the distance and time carefully, and then collect the same information a few more times to get different conditions. One route might be best during rush hour while another may be more suitable the rest of the day. There are lots of apps for navigation and live traffic reports, so look into those too.

Living in the city isn’t perfect, but neither is living in the country or the suburbs. Each area has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you educate yourself about how to handle those inconveniences, they’ll shrink to a manageable size that lets you truly enjoy life as an urban dweller.

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