There are some for whom a life in the suburbs is a blissful utopia. Others who dream of a country house amidst nature’s bounty, uninterrupted by the sounds of traffic, the laughter of passers by or the amber glow of street lights. And then again there are others for whom either life is anathema. Although city life may not be for everyone, there are many of us who can only thrive the populous and infinitely interconnected major conurbations.
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City living puts you where the action is. It gives you easy access to a plethora of bars, and cafes, galleries, museums and theatres. Whether you want to catch a movie at midnight, grab fast food at 3am or dance the night away and come out of the club while everyone else is on their way to work, urban life is the only way to go. But urban living brings with it, aside from the astronomical price of city centre housing and parking, its own caveats. Fortunately, the wonders of 21st century technology can make urban living a whole lot less arduous.
Most urbanites don’t own a vehicle. They usually live within walking distance of where they work or have great public transport access to make owning a vehicle unnecessary. For the city boy or girl who needs to be able to get about on the road, however, the right car can make a huge difference to urban living. Diesel cars aren’t a great idea. All the stopping and starting and low gear driving necessitated by city life is a one way ticket to a clogged Diesel Particulate Filter. Likewise, huge bulky vehicles can make driving and parking in cramped urban quarters a nightmare. Check out the next generation of New Smart Cars. They’re compact, fuel efficient, some are available in electric drive. And they look ridiculously cool!
The smartphone is to the urban sophisticate as the lightsaber to the Jedi. It can make navigating the perils and pitfalls of city living a veritable breeze. It’s simply a matter of making sure that you have the right apps. Some great apps for city living include;
Finally, if you’re concerned that city living comes with higher crime rates, you may wish to install a lock on your apartment door that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Digital smart locks are impervious to picking and you’ll never again have to worry about losing your keys. You can unlock them with a fob or an accompanying app on your phone.
Contributed by Joshua Halloway
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