Here’s a model essay written by my colleague Ben McBride. The question prompt was:
Some people believe that it is better to live and work in vertical cities. Others, however, think that horizontal cities are better for living and working.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Increasingly, people are drawn to vertical cities, with tall buildings allowing many people to live in a small area. However, I believe that residing in a more traditional horizontal city provides a better foundation for happiness. This essay will explore both of these perspectives.
Vertical cities hold a great deal of appeal for many people. Dense metropolises like Manhattan and Tokyo can be exciting and dynamic places to live. Due to the high population density, residents often come into contact with people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and values. Such encounters allow people to exchange ideas and broaden their outlooks, making vertical cities ideal locations for innovation and artistic creativity to thrive. As these dynamic cities are constantly growing and changing, job opportunities tend to be more abundant as well. This drives many people from the surrounding areas to move into the city to pursue career advancement.
That being said, I personally believe that horizontal cities provide the stability necessary for long-term happiness. The flipside of the dynamism offered by vertical cities is that this environment can be chaotic and unpredictable. A smaller, less crowded cities allows residents to build long-lasting relationships with their neighbors and is an ideal environment for raising a family. This stability extends to professional life as well. While job opportunities may be in shorter supply, job stability tends to be higher in these smaller cities. Because horizontal cities change at a slower pace, it is common for workers to stay at the same company and build a successful, stable career.
In conclusion, while the excitement of living in a vertical city is tempting, I believe that horizontal cities offer more stability and a better foundation for a happy life. I hope that this lifestyle continues to be viable as our society moves forward.
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