posted by gut
"pro-city" sounds like a really dumb concept.
City life is preferable, even a necessity, for many people for many reasons....but if you could, why wouldn't you want acreage in the mountains, or on a lake (or both)? In an ideal world, you'd have both.
I don't think one is preferable to the other. But I have to say people who are happy as pie to hunt and fish and live modestly maybe aren't the problem with this country.
Having lived in rural, suburban, and urban settings, I just prefer the urban setting. I like the smaller plot because it's all I really need, and it's less maintenance. I don't need the acreage, so I really don't have any desire for it.
I prefer lots of people around as opposed to water or mountains (though you might be able to talk me into a more populated coastal city). It's not that I'd mind them. I just don't really care one way or the other about them. I've really fallen in love with city life. From the diversity in the people to the wider access to food, entertainment, and industry, it makes life more interesting, I think.
I see a clear preference, but I acknowledge that it is, of course, a matter of taste. And you're right, people who want to live in wide-open spaces (ie. basically everyone I grew up around) are really not the problem at all. The "problem" is busy-bodies trying to force conformity on matters of taste that don't harm anyone ... like this "educator" in the article.