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Modern Metropolis Essay

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Changes shape life, sometimes they make it better, and sometimes they just let it be more intense. People definitely need a good dose of courage to change, especially when an innovation modifies permanently their lives. However, nowadays one can profit by many opportunities in every field, and this, perhaps, make changes inevitable. As an example for that, people can choose between a vast panorama of places where they would like to live and relocate their lives. According to Penelope Trunk’s experience, “Three years ago, I made a decision to move from New York City to Madison, WI based purely on research. I put economic development research together with positive psychology research. Then I combed the Internet for city statistics, and I moved. I had never been to Madison in my life, and you know what? It was a good decision.”(Trunk) However, people reject living country lives surrounded by crops to grow, so more than a half prefers exploring the nature just for vacations. This phenomenon is shown by The Guardian’s statistics, in which a worldwide analysis shows the urban populations’ percentage of 2010. For example, the study has verified that in U.S.A. the 82.3% of the population lives in cities. (Brown)

Consequently, today fundamental issues concern cities, and how they affect people. How do people live in modern cities? How do they live in traditional ones? Modern metropolis and traditional cities are really different from one another. Above all, dividing cities in these two categories can highlight diverse points of view. According to Robert Adam, in an article published by the City Journal, he states: “There is so much about the modern city that is wrong… In traditional cities like Siena in Italy or Bath in England we can see something that is not only beautiful but alive and humane—the very qualities that modernism seems to have destroyed “. (Adam) As a result, starting from the example of Siena, a perfect reality of the traditional city, the research will be focused on comparisons and contrasts between the Italian city and a famous modern metropolis: New York City. Siena and New York are unique, popular, and loved by people. They represent two distant cities and city lives, therefore, two opposite kinds of inhabitants and citizens.

When people think about a metropolis, the majority think about New York, the metropolis that never sleeps, is a perfect mix of ethnicities and work opportunities. This city is the nerve of the United States of America thanks to its trades, manufacturing, multicultural relationships, and tourism. According to Annie Suh, an essential unique peculiarity that distinguishes New York from any other city is its history. At first, the land was a Dutch colony centered in Manhattan, and influenced by The Netherlands’ policies of openness and tolerance as, for example, the freedom of religion. When the Dutch negotiated their colony with the British they wanted a guarantee for these policies’ maintenance. This is the...

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