Dear Placers of Wizardly Waves,
I'm an urban planner by trade, and I work for a city government in Utah Valley. What opinions does the Board have on the current trend towards higher-density, mixed-use neighborhoods? My understanding is that the millennial generation (of which I am a part) generally likes to live in more urban environments because of the abundance of activities, but I'm interested to hear what my friends at the Board have to say. (Admittedly, you are friends I have never met, but it would be weirder to refer to you as guardian angels or magical unicorns.)
Dear Seraphic Pythagoras,
Personally, I like small-city urban neighborhoods. Like, I wouldn't want to live in someplace like New York, but I don't find the idea of living in a suburb like Kaysville appealing either (forced to choose between the two, I'd go with New York).
I enjoy being in locations where it's easy to go for secluded walks in nature (i.e. not residential neighborhoods), and especially hiking. However, I'm not a fan of small-town culture. I prefer being in places where there's more diversity, and everybody doesn't know everybody else.
Dear One-Winged Angle,
I really enjoy cities and was just reminded of this when I was in Poland. I was surprised to find that I love cities so much, considering I grew up in the country and always heard the old sayings like "a day in the country is worth a month in town". But when I spent a lot of time in the city I found that I loved being so close to everything, and I love not needing a car to get everywhere. I love that in more compact urban areas there are more events, concerts, and stores. I'm often even surprised by that fact that I tend to be nearer to green space in a city, where there are more parks and sometimes even more trees than in the suburbs.
I really love the fact that there tend to be smaller businesses in urban areas, and I really enjoy the diversity and the amount of people that I find myself near. I used to think that I'd interact with fewer people in the city, but I found that living in the city I saw and interacted with many more people than I ever thought I would.
Also this is an old essay from Orson Scott Card that I've always enjoyed about cars and suburban life. He's a little eccentric, but I enjoy a lot of the points that he makes.
Keep it real,
Dear city planner,
I really want to have a big yard and want to have some peace and quiet. That would lead me to a more rural area instead of urban. I would also like to be within an hour or two of a big city, but I don't want to feel like I live in the big city.
-Sunday Night Banter