Thursday, December 4, 2008

And you say Chi-city

Image by Flickr user paulmcdee used under a Creative Commons license.

I miss city living, and I miss Chicago. I love that town, my father's hometown. I love city life, too. I have a streak of real rural sentimentalism, and I suppose, when I am old and gray, I will want to retire to some quite corner in the woods somewhere. But for a young man, I agree with Pericles-- all good things flow from the city. Not to say you can't have a fulfilled, abundant life outside of the city, of course. Only that the city provides, for me, the social, artistic and intellectual structures that make life most fulfilling. Plus, though cities are expensive, I find you can live cheaper, aside from rent, if you put your mind to it. Certainly, a workable public transit system helps. Most people need a car to get to work, and I think we tend to underestimate how expensive car ownership really is. (Plus I wasn't too proud to go the occasional Hare Krishna meeting to take advantage of the free food. Krishna consciousness, yeah totally, nom nom nom.)

Of course, Chicago was home to my biggest professional and financial failure (if you can consider a non-starter a failure.) But maybe I'll get back there someday, to Chicago, or just to the city.

(Preferably after winter.)


Anonymous said...

Chicago was the first big, big city I've known and I'm really fond of it. My favorite place in Chicago is the Archer/Cermak Chinatown area, where you can get off the El, walk two blocks and find yourself smelling the awful/wonderful smell that is a true Chinese grocery.

I'm also fond of the drive over the Chicago Skyway, which takes you through the heart (liver?) of the industrial Midwest (steel mills, etc.), past Comiskey and into the heart of Chicago. -K.

Okay, so that was a little cheesy.

Gypsy Cat said...

The artery of the industrial Midwest is an Amtrak ride from Mnpls. to Chicago. My heart belongs in Mnpls.

Chicago is beautiful but even Fargo would be better than Anchorage. The architecture here is concrete block post WWII Russia, highlighted by the gold and tan colored development boom of the late 70's. Blah