smdpnp wrote:alwayssunnyinfl wrote:Depending on how gay-friendly the area is, I think once you get above 2-3 million people in a metro, you're anonymous enough. After 7-8 million people, there seem to be huge diminishing returns on cost and quality of life. Of course, it all depends on how the city is structured, but mega-regions like New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo just seem like overkill to me on many levels.
I've been living in the suburbs since graduating from UG, and I honestly miss walking around in a sea of people. Grew up in an urban environment, and the sprawl isn't doing much for me.
I hate HATE suburban life. You can live an "urban" lifestyle in most decently-sized US metros without having to pay $2500/month in rent for the privilege of living in the City.
And I like cities where there's enough mass transit to get around in my day to day life, but I can also have a car if I feel like being American.