Cities are FunYesterday I mentioned that one of the downsides to living in a city is that there are often more restrictions than when living in rural areas, but on the flip side, cities tend to be much more fun as well. Most large cities offer a variety of different services that appeal to almost anyone. Things to do could be visiting parks, museums, shopping, trying new restaurants and cafes, exploring different neighborhoods or enjoying nightlife.
For the past decade or so, cities have increased their "fun" offerings in hopes of appealing to younger crowds of people. In general this has worked in many areas and young people really want to move downtown after graduating from college.
One of the problems with this is the cost. Cities are extremely expensive. Adding more and more fun activities to one's day only increases prices further. What is interesting to me is that people in their 20s are the most likely to want to engage in many of the activities that cities offer, but they are the least likely to be able to afford these things. It seems that there is a disconnect between desires and abilities. The older you get, the more money you are likely to have but the less you will be enthralled with the idea of living close to the urban core.
My next post will examine the phenomena behind the disconnect between age and money.