Big cities, better lifestyle
“If I can’t make it there, I can’t make it anywhere” sang Frank Sinatra’s deep voice in the fifties making reference to the American city of New York. The song conveys that there is no other place that provides one with more opportunities to strive and succeed in life than New York. Sinatra goes on: “These little town blues are melting away, I’ll make a brand new start of it in New York”. As opposed to the little towns, New York City, the most populous city in the United States, is significantly influent in the global commerce, culture, finance, media, art, education, entertainment and politics. Is the idea suggested by the nineteen fifties song obsolete? Facts indicate that the cliché is still valid: living in big cities is preferable to living in small cities because access to entertainment, education and above all, healthcare is higher in big cities if compared to towns.
In big cities more options regarding entertainment, shopping and such are more easily found. Sure entertainment can be found in Cedar Grove, Victorville or Pinehurst, small towns in the states of New York, California and Massachusetts respectively. But, to such a minor scale that we cannot compare it to the diverseness with which it can be verified in major cities in the same states. New York, Los Angeles and Chicago supply its people with entertainment, which not only can be found with better ease and speed, but also to a much larger extent and which are internationally acknowledged. The Four Seasons and Lutece in the Big Apple, Brighton Coffee Shop and Dan Tana’s in the City of Angels as well as Capriccio and Blue Ginger in the City on a Hill are famous restaurants, which exemplify such assortment. Other examples are the Manhattan, the Grove and the Copley Place, famous shopping malls in the cities of New York, Los Angeles and Boston respectively, which offer its dwellers much more options in fashion, price and trend.
More important than variety in entertainment is that, in big cities, access to education and, thus, job opportunities is more available. When you think of good education, is Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology the first thing that comes to your mind? Or is it New York University or maybe Columbia University? If we go to the western coast, would you rather enroll your son or daughter in Victorville International University or in UCLA? Now, as an employer in the northeastern America would you rather give a job to a person that has majored from the Methodist University in Pinehurst or from Harvard or MIT? By all means, education in these minor cities is unsatisfactory, but one cannot deny the imposingness and acknowledgement that lies within the universities in the major cities of these states. One would rather choose to study in the latter universities and employ those with such education in contrast to those educated in small town universities.
In addition to that, beyond all considerations, health is the main reason why living in big cities is preferable. Numbers speak for themselves. Current stocktaking of healthcare service in big and small cities depicts considerable difference in number between these two sites. Other than the famous HHC (Health and Hospitals Corporation); which operates the public hospitals and clinics in New York City; controlling over eleven hospitals, four nursing homes, six diagnostic and treatment centers and, 80 community-based primary care sites; the city is equipped with over 52 hospitals among other facilities. Against those numbers, we have six hospitals in the New York state’s small city representative, Cedar Grove. In the Golden State, the survey gives evidence of 81 acute care hospitals containing emergencies located in the big city of Los Angeles against ten in the small town of Victorville. In the state of Massachusetts, 31 hospitals were found in Boston, while in the state’s small city representative, Pinehurst, a couple of emergency rooms and zero hospitals were listed. It is true that if there are more healthcare facilities in major cities rather than in small cities, the likelihood that you will find aid in a quicker period of time within a shorter distance from your neighborhoods in a big city in contrast with small cities is perceptible. It is also true that a better sense of safety is provided in a place where more options are more accessible in time and space, when you know that health care is only a drive away.
All and all, in agreement with the implications in the famous lines of New York New York, living in big cities still proves to be more advantageous than living in small cities due to the verification of more entertainment, education and, healthcare in the firsts. As it has been stated, both big and small cities are supplied with some of the most essential institutions for the contemporaneous life. However, not only access to them is higher in big cities, but they constitute more acknowledged and assorted instances. If one can have at one’s disposal diversity in restaurants and shopping malls that present more alternatives, variety in options for education that brings more opportunity and vastness in healthcare that produces a better sense of safety, why would one seek for a reduced degree of all those necessary institutions? Having the chance to live in cities that don’t sleep provides its dwellers with more advantages than any little towns with melting away blues do.