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Discussion: Bleak living

in: bl; bl > 2017-12-18

Dec 21, 2017 1:20 PM # 
I guess it is all in the eye of the beholder. Those of us who live in cities, with cars, crowded sidewalks, noise and pollution, travel to the countryside and often regard those endless forests and fields as 'bleak.'

"What do people DO out here?" we often ask. With no human contact, no cultural institutions, no convenient transit other than a polluting car....and miles and miles between you and anything else.

One major consideration as I get older: I have an ER and world-class doc only ten minutes away if/when something untoward happens!
Dec 21, 2017 11:06 PM # 
Pondering metro NJ/NYC, Phily, Baltimore and DC as seen from 95 (non-residential) was pretty desolate - large scale structures marching to the horizon. When one gets into one's familiar city niche, the architecture scales down and the atmosphere warms up. I lived at 2143 N. Hudson and 2140 N. Lincoln in Chicago, c. '72-73. They were OK places to live with Lincoln Park and the lake shore nearby. But there was youthful tolerance for living close by so many people! Lived in Evanston a bit, too.
Dec 21, 2017 11:16 PM # 
Well those are primo neighborhoods now. For instance, there's an old Chicago cottage cheek-by-jowl with a commercial building on the 2100 block of Hudson on the market today for over a million.

I guess you could say the atmosphere has 'warmed up,' and a lot of people think that neighborhood is now 'ok.' I'm sure you had a good time living there in the '70's with Wells St. and Old Town only a couple blocks away. I won't press you for 'details.'
Dec 22, 2017 11:23 PM # 
Interesting as well as depressing. I don't recall any commercial buildings on the block but that was a long time ago. Only thing I utilized in Old Town was the Old Town music school. Must admit, as medical students, we were generally busy with cramming our minds with medical knowledge, not pursuing night life. I've never really had an affinity for it. Not that it's not interesting. I just could be dull:-).
Dec 25, 2017 10:55 PM # 
I've gotta hand it to you Bob. Your nature photography is outstanding. That Christmas Day shot of Lake Champlain is anything but bleak. I guess I could endure all that driving, endless forests, and be in the presence of such a magnificent scene. Beautiful.
Dec 26, 2017 10:04 PM # 
Thank you for the compliment, Clark. There is a Thoreau quote that starts “We need the tonic of wilderness…”. Years ago, my wife and I read a trilogy titled The Awakening Land: The Forests, The Fields, The Town. I’d like to live on the edge of a field by a forest not far from town. Thoreau could walk to town from Walden for a taste and touch of fellow humans when he chose. "People are different" to quote the obvious but memorable - in this case it was PG who made the comment on AP years ago.

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