tire tracks in the dirt leading along the ponderosa forest and open meadow with partly cloudy skies

Living on the edge [Intro]

I grew up in a metropolitan area of about 4 million people.  Growing up, I lived in suburbs. Even all throughout college, I lived in centrally-located apartments or houses.

It wasn’t until after I graduated that I lived on the edge of town. My closest neighbors were over soccer field distance away and on the other three sides of my house, I was surrounded by Forest Service land.

After living in this type of environment, I started to think about all the factors that go into how I live, what I value, and how these both influence where I choose to sign a lease:

  • Light pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Pace of life
  • Conveniences/proximity to resources
  • Bike vs. car friendly

I noticed differences in my life as they relate to these (and other) factors. I want to explore those deeper and see if they are just in my head or if there is any science backing them up.



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