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Erin    Posted 09-18-2002 at 20:12:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi I'm erin,
I'm 16 and doing a debate next wednesday and I was wondering if anyone would please help me the topic is 'The city is the place to be'. We don't know yet if we are negative or affirmative but any help for either side would be of help to me.
thanx, erin

Jim (Mi)    Posted 09-19-2002 at 09:54:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That is a tough one really. In a lot of ways they have similiar problems. Since I have moved out to the country I have found some great and some not so great people. People who are respectful of your property and people who are not so respectful. I lived in the city for 23 years and my parents still live there. I never locked my car doors or house until me and all of my family have had stuff stolen from us in the country. Now us country dwellers lock everything, and my city relatives still never lock anything. Neighbors in both city and country can be top notch or the reverse. My immediate neighbors are fantastic and I could not ask for better, my in-laws neighbors are neighbors from hell. Same goes for city. I chose the country for a slower pace, but seems like I am so busy doing something, I never relax. Go figure. another gripe is most country dwellers work in the city and therefore have long commutes which are not so fun. I am 100 miles roundtrip. Country living is much more expensive also, at least in my case anyways. Septic systems, wells, maintenance of these are much more $$$$ than city services. Plus in my area natural gas (city) is much more reasonable. My first year I moved out to the country their was a HUGE increase in gas prices, and a few months I paid $2.25 a gallon for propane. Times that by 400 gallons a month and figure what my monthly winter bill was. My parents in the city on the other hand paid $250 for their entire years gas bill.

Dennis    Posted 09-19-2002 at 08:56:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never lived in a big city but I have lived close enough to Houston, Texas to feel like I wouldn't want to go back there. Agreed, there is more money there but less feeling of happiness, security, accomplishment and general well-being. Also Houston's air is so polluted it makes people sick. BUT I have friends and family who wouldn't leave the city for anything. The city is more convienent IE: stores nearby, all ammenities local.
So I guess It's up to the individual person as to what they want out of the few weekends they have.

I personally want to live and die in the country.

Good luck and please let us know how it comes out.

buck    Posted 09-18-2002 at 22:59:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

Well Hello young man. Having lived in the city for 30 years but now back to the country I would have to sum it all up by saying that in the city you have to be "on time"(every body in a hurry) wheras in the country you "take your time". All the cities I have ever been to have one thing in common and I don't understood why the life time residents don't know it--sewer smell. Good luck on your debate.

Ludwig    Posted 09-19-2002 at 07:27:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know thats been the best thing about being laid off. I take my time for everything, no need to hurry.
I spend before lunch either readin or writin or studyin.
I usually mosey up to the sled shop after lunch, and then out to my friend's house to work on my sleds. Then when I get tired or the sun goes down I come home for dinner. Go to sleep when I'm sleepy and get up when I'm good and ready.

Of course the trouble is that a feller could get used to this kind of lifestyle.
I'm tryin to finish up a book I've been writin, maybe I could continue this for awhile.

screaminghollow    Posted 09-18-2002 at 21:12:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
high taxes, high crime, dirty sidewalks, smog and bus exhaust, congestion, traffic jams, pushy ethnic groups demanding rights, loss of values, red light districts, constant noise, sirens, too many people.

vs. lots of government services, nearby police protection, short commutes, no need for a polluting automobile, ethnic diversity and multiculturalism, big selection of restaurants, cultural institutions such as symphonies, museums, theaters, grocery stores around the corner, lots of neighbors Bigger libraries.

DeadCarp    Posted 09-18-2002 at 21:05:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tell you what Erin,
We spent 30 years in the city (LA area mostly) and there's money to be made there, sure enough. But the things missed are sometimes worth more than money, so we came home to minimum-wage central Mn. First year back, my van license went from $340/yr to $170, now it's down to $38. So it doesn't take all that money to live here. I can't swear that people have more spare time but they definitely enjoy it more. Each of us only gets 3-4000 weekends to goof off during a lifetime and we're back to the ashes again so they're pretty precious. Maybe the city appeals to younger people .... a $10 afternoon appeals more to me :)

buck    Posted 09-18-2002 at 22:42:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

Now that is a first for me. Never saw a lifespan described as the number of possible weekends. Thats good.

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