PROBLEMS OF BIG CITIES
Many people have chosen stressful existence in big cities in preference to a peaceful life in the country. No wonder, one of the main problems of big cities is overcrowding. It follows that people face the housing problem: there is shortage of affordable housing and rents constantly go up. Moreover, those who prefer to live in cities have to put up with terrible traffic jams especially during rush hours; they have to wait for buses in mile-long queues, breathing in traffic fumes, which pollute the atmosphere. If one works until late and does not catch the last bus, he has to make his way back home through dark abandoned streets of the city under constant threat of being attacked as the crime rate in big cities is usually very high. Another big problem is rapid spreading of catching diseases due to swarms of rats inhabiting cities.
However, every day the number of city-dwellers is increasing. Clearly, city-dwellers meet a number of challenges; high cost of living, overpopulation, commuting problem, loss of touch with nature etc. Speaking on the high cost of living, I’d like to point out the fact that there is a huge gap between people who can afford to live in splendid houses and those who spare no efforts to live up to their income and carve out their lives in some apartments more than decent or sometimes even in real slums.
The governments of big cities make every effort to tackle these problems. Some ordinary people also struggle to resist grey city life in their own way. For example, Aldana Ferrer Garcia, an Argentinian living in New York, has created a project “More sky”, which enables to make tiny city apartments a little bit bigger. The “More Sky” windows all swing or in a sense extend out from the wall to create cozy seated alcoves, into which a city-dweller can crawl to enjoy the view of the sky and sunshine. Hence, all people instead of pulling forward grievances can think of a way to improve their housing.