“I have struck a city – a real city – and they call it Chicago… I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.” – Rudyard Kipling
Chicago – I lived ten miles outside of the Loop during my Elementary School days, sequestered in an elite suburb, from 1966 – 1976. I raised my children in the far northwest suburbs beginning in 1991. When they left the nest, three of them took up residence closer to the big city. Those same three all moved out to Oregon by 2019.
I don’t think I am cut out to be a big city dweller. I find urban environments dangerous and frightening.
I imagine the only way I would be able to survive or feel safe in a city is to harden myself.
I do enjoy the occasional foray into the city for cultural events, but then I retreat to my preferred environment.
I do enjoy seeing the sights without actually being there, so thank you Sofia and fellow Lens-Artists for giving me a glimpse into the colorful jumble that is Urbanity!