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.