My Neighbors, My Family
By MIGUEL PARENT
In today's world, we are more or less 7 billion people living on earth. Strangely enough, the majority of us don't even talk to the people who share our lives, our work, and our neighborhood. In my opinion, this is complete nonsense and we should do something to fix this. Maybe the suburbs is the answer to this problem.
In the 1950s, the suburbs were created in America and they soon became very popular. They brought a feeling of security and a sense of belonging among the residents. They were the illustration of the American lifestyle. One of the biggest advantage of living in the suburbs is that the social interactions between neighbors is greatly increased because of the proximity.
First of all, one of the reasons the people in the suburbs are so friendly is because, even if you live together, you still have your privacy whenever you want. In the city, you always see people even if you don't want to. The streets are crowded and everyone seems so serious. Economist Jan Brueckner, who did a research on suburban living, said that: << The less crowded a neighborhood is, the friendlier its residents become. >>. His research also showed that people in cities fear crimes more than the ones in rural areas and that partly explained why they less interact.
Second, it seems the lack of attractions in the suburbs is one of the reasons the neighbors talk more to each other. In a city, you have museums, theaters, and more while in the suburbs, you don't have too many things to do. Because of this, neighbors often do activities together like the classic BBQ. The children also grow up together and tend to become great friends for the rest of their life. These connections between neighbors is one of the main reasons people want to move in the suburbs rather than in a town.
Finally, one of the clichés about the suburbs is that instead of bringing people together, they repel them. The explanation for this is that people work during the day and lock up themselves in the evening. I assure you this is completely false and based on old stereotypes. In the real world, communities and groups are often created in the suburbs. These neighbors even do activities and have hobbies together in their small clubs. With time, people will maybe realise that the suburbs are a place of social interactions. One of the argument for this stereotype is that, if there's less people, there's less activities between them. It's completely the opposite. When there's less people, everyone knows everyone, which is a big advantage for social interactions.
So, if our goal is to live in a safe and calm place, to have a ''second family'', to leave the stressing lifestyle of the city, I strongly suggest you move into a suburban area as soon as possible. I promise you won't regret it and that you will enjoy your new life.