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The City vs. the Country

Our world is changing rapidly and one of the biggest changes is that more and more people are moving into urban type environments.  New cities are developing everyday and the time of rural living seems to be dying out.  Many other changes come along with this move to city living.  One interesting statistic I found recently was that the number of 18-year-olds who have a drivers licence and/or own a car is down by over 30% since the early 90's.  What are the pros and cons to changes like this?  During this meetup I hope we can discuss the following issues:

1) What are the pros and cons to city vs rural living?

2) What are some of the known and unknown changes that come along with this progression into the urban environments?

3) What will new cities look like and how will they develop?

4) How does this impact our views on locally developed or grown products vs mass produced? Should be promoting locally grown, harvested goods or put our energies into more mass produced good to help sustain an ever growing, hungry population?

Of course there are many other issues surrounding this topic we can discuss as well.  Below are some podcasts that discuss and highlight some of these issues that would be worth listening to before this discussion.

TED radio hour: the future of cities: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/15/154800562/the-future-of-cities

Freakonomics: Why cities rock- http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/02/18/freakonomics-radio-why-cities-rock/

Freakonomics: The inefficiency of local food- http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/11/14/the-inefficiency-of-local-food/

Freakonomics: The cities of America's future- http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/04/20/the-cities-of-americas-future/

Radiolab: Cities- http://www.radiolab.org/2010/oct/08/

Triumph of the City: Edward Glaeser - Harvard Thinks Big
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cESaKSs6uw

Stewart Brand on Squatter Cities
http://www.ted.com/talks/stewart_brand_on_squatter_cities.html

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  • Michael B.

    We talked about Japan's local farming - according to this Economist article it comes at the price of higher food prices and lower quality food.
    http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21576154-fewer-bigger-plots-and-fewer-part-time-farmers-agriculture-could-compete-field-work

    July 21, 2013

    • Katie

      so interesting, but makes sense. The article I read didn't talk about quality but did comment that local is always associated with higher costs. Since we didn't discuss this much I will be hosting another meetup specifically on this topic in the coming months, hope you can make it. If you are interested in co-leading with me let me know.

      July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first Meetup, and I enjoyed the conversation. There were many directions that the conversation could have taken and, while we were able to cover a few, this is a discussion that needs to continue.

    July 21, 2013

  • Will B.

    Sorry about. LAst minute notice but broke stitches in leg in night and am in ER 4 new ones. Will

    July 21, 2013

  • Will B.

    I think that on the Northeast Corridor, the cities are generally merging with one another. The "country" will be almost exactly like that of W.Penn's "fair country town" where there will be urban activity punctuated by, in this case, "larger" country parks" between them. Picture Philadelphia as a megacity like NYC with larger "Squares" and I think you'll see what I mean. As a "city kid" I wouldn't notice it, but the suburbanites and the Amish are going to get quite a shock. Oh course, I won't live to see it-except in its rudimentary functioning.

    July 20, 2013

  • Will B.

    Stitches in my leg broke open and wound is more formidable now. May be OKK for tomorrow, but wouldn't be fair for those on waiting list. Enjoy!

    July 20, 2013

  • Lou

    confiict with another event

    July 12, 2013

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