Until recently many of us thought that the perfect place to live and start a family would be in the urbanizations on the outskirts of the city. You thought about enjoying a villa with garden, which you were going to forget about the noises of cars, traffic, the pollution of the city and the massification of people among many other things. Quite the opposite of living in the city center. You thought your kids were going to play and share class with other high socio-economic kids and you were going to live very at ease and be the sea of happy.
Well, research has revealed that the developments on the outskirts of the city are not the ones that provide the most well-being to their neighbours, but the other way around, it is the most densely dense areas such as the city centres that provide the greater people Welfare. Today we talk about what it’s like to live in the city center.
As young couples who decided to live in the city centre in their day, they had children and could afford to buy a house on the outskirts of the city, they left the noisy, polluted centre and concentrated on these new places.
Currently thanks to the revitalization and renovation of the central neighborhoods the process is the contrarío. Now living in the city center has become what most families want. The most privileged families who emigrated at the time, return to the city center expelling the lower socio-economic class tenants, because now they do consider that they find all those advantages that they did not once encounter.
An investigation by the University of Oxford and Hong Kong (UHK) in which 22 British cities analyse that, living in the city center makes people happier, have stronger health and maintain better social relationships than people living in the urbanities on the outskirts of the city. In addition, people living in the city centre suffer less obesity as they practice more exercise than people living in the outside.
Each time cities are getting more compact,so they are more accessible by walking or cycling or scootering, hence studies that indicate that people living in urban centers suffer less obesity than those who live on the outside, since the latter have a need to take the car for everything.
On many occasions studies have shown that people with more and better social ties tend to have better health. To live in the city center is to have everything at your fingertips, as well as being close to family and friends.
Currently changes are taking place and above all important facilities to live in the city center. The streets are much nicer,there are more green areas, benches where you can sit and enjoy with the family, parks,being close to shops, cinemas, theaters, restaurants… and on many occasions of the work.
On the other hand it is the town halls that are in charge of solving the old urban problems such as the massification of people, the deterioration of cities,the absence of green areas,the traffic of cars in the center, pollution…
All these movements have something in common, to give priority to pedestrians.
Just as studies conclude that living in the city center is becoming an attractive environment, also conclude that the worst neighborhoods of the city are those that can only be accessed by own vehicle or public transport and where very high levels of obesity are found such as the neighborhood of San Cristobal de los Angeles in Madrid.
Unlike in the UK where studies conclude that the most dangerous areas are usually the ones with the highest concentration of inhabitants. It is common for an urbanization of uni family houses to be a more depressed area since the maintenance and reform of these sites is more expensive because of its large size.
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