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The culture wars continue to rage across the United States It clashes over hate speech regulations affirmative action abortion immigration art history and lifestyle questions suggest that America is more polarized than ever before As suburbs draw more businesses and residents they produce new forms of art and cultural events which longtime residents resist as undermining the essentially residential quality of suburbs Similarly in cities new parking structures highways and downtown malls produce suburban landscapes that urbanites reject seeing those changes as evidence of the intrusion of suburban culture As I sit at my computer contemplating my birthday and the changes that have occurred in my life during the year I am struck by the never-ending challenge I face to become me Suddenly a question rises whether or not living in the city is the life I would choose to live Then I ask myself what is living in the city City is a keyword in contemporary culture and thought In almost any field today there is recurrent metaphorical use of urbanity Not as referring to city individuality traditional images or insignia of a particular city but to the city as a manifestation of a more general urban condition The city has also rapidly established itself as the metaphor of the internet The linking of digital communication networks is commonly described as a variation or even a new dimension of the kind of manifest network that a city consists of Not to mention the misunderstanding belief that suburban is quiet peaceful way of living a life living in urban means missing out the convenience socializing of lifestyle cars commuting and socializing
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