Most Helpful Guy
I believe I have the best of both worlds. Technically, I live in a city. In fact, it's one of the biggest cities in my country. However, because my country Switzerland is quite small, what we consider "big" cities wouldn't be considered big in other parts of the world.
My city has about 100,000 inhabitants. My girlfriend and me live very close to the city center. The city is very green and it is great for riding bikes (bike lanes everywhere). Because I'm not allowed to drive a car or a motorbike and because I don't like busses so much, I ride my bike pretty much anywhere. Whether I need to go shopping or to the pharmacy or to the train station or to the movies or meet my friends... I can do everything by bike and it takes me less than 15 minutes. I have lots of stores, restaurants and cafés in a close proximity but at the same time, I also have several big forests close by (one is right behind our apartment block) and the neighborhood where I live is very quiet (the speed limit in cities in Switzerland is 30 km/h, which is about 18mph (except for the main roads where the speed limit is 60 km/h or 37 mph). So it's very bike and pedestrian friendly (calm, green and peaceful) but at the same time, there are many things close by. It's not like in American suburbs where you have to take the car to go shopping. For example the closest supermarket, post office and pharmacy, as well as a big public community bath/swimming pool to where I live is just about a quarter mile away. By bike that takes me 2 minutes, by foot maybe 7-8. So I think it really is perfect the way it is here. I wouldn't want to live in a city like New York or Paris because it's too hectic for me, I wouldn't want to live in the countryside because it would be too boring for me and I wouldn't want to live in American-style suburbs because I would need somebody to give me a ride everywhere.0
Most Helpful Girl
I would say that my ideal place to live is in the countryside just outside of a city :)
I get the best of both worlds, the amenities of the city, but the quietness of the countryside.
I grew up in the country, and for me to live far from a city sucks. I used to live downtown of a city and I loved it, except for the business, traffic and whenever there were events. I was literally right there. So many people would be around my building, leaving garbage and making noise. It also sucks when people try to vandalize your building and what not. At night I didn't feel safe.0