Yes, death is a bit of an exaggeration, but southwest Texas in the summer with no shade in sight feels pretty close.
>As to being disgusted by the need to drive to get groceries, the local restaurants you frequent drive to get groceries... or things are delivered by truck. What does it >matter if you do some big shopping runs at weekly or even monthly intervals that keep you supplied? I have an aunt that uses a specialty butcher that has deals with >local cattle ranches. She gets the best beef you could imagine. She also gets fresh eggs, fresh produce, and locally made cheese.
This sounds expensive. I don't care if someone else wants to drive to get food in bulk and then sell it to me. It's all about convenience and price for me.
>As to it being cheaper for the very poor... only because they're subsidized. You take away the rent control, the EBT cards, and other crap and they could not afford to >live in the city. And without that, many of the economic systems that rely on their labor would collapse... and that would mean much of what keeps the modern city >viable would fall apart. Those same people would probably be a lot happier in small towns where they could at least feel like they are a part of a community rather >then just a number in a machine.
You can get the same subsidies wherever you are. Housing is only for families and they are being marginalized to the edges of cities everyday. There is project housing in rural areas. You could argue that a person might feel insignificant in the wilderness, but I think this is just a matter of preference/mood.
>I'm sorry, but that is 180 degrees off correct. Rural communities have the lowest crime anywhere. Suburban areas have slightly more crime and the cities have the >most crime. Typically the crime rate goes up with population. Think about it... more victims and more anonymity. If someone starts doing that in a small town... very >quickly everyone will simply know who you are and what you do. It doesn't work. The sort of criminal you get in small towns tends to be drifters... traveling criminals. >But they're not very common.
Yes, there is more crime in populous areas in general, but that wasn't my point. The safest parts of cities are often the most crowded. The parts that look similar to a suburban neighborhood are where the most violent crimes take place. Police response time, monitored cameras, plainclothes officers abound in a wealthy city and crime is pretty scarce in the nice parts of town when population density is taken into account. You have to worry about different things in different areas though. If I stay on the right streets, then San Diego is a very nice place to live and I don't feel the need to carry a weapon. People/criminals are more fearful of the police in the city. In the backwoods of Georgia, it might be a rarity to run upon a murderer, but there is no one within 10 miles to help you out and that is a whole new kind of situation. You could be kidnapped and sold into a human trafficking ring. In the city, at least you can be afforded the ignominious death of being gunned down on the sidewalk. Much quicker!