I am a city person but I love the country. While at the same time I hate suburbs with a passion. And so the thought of living in one is beyond disheartening.
The thought of having to drive everywhere I go is one thing that keeps us from moving back to the country to enjoy the rural lifestyle. I moved from an average-sized town with naturally nothing to do, to the city years ago. The transition from country to city was less shocking for me than the other way around would be now. For me it is crucial to be able to go places in spite of the fact that I don't have to get into my car. Some of my friends don't even have a license. For them the idea of a rustic existence is one of the worse things they can imagine. I know what it is like so I am fine with it.
The city is so liberating.
Don't get me wrong, we love being outdoors. And the peace and quiet that is given from being in a serene place. But to say that those same spaces do not exist in the city is ignorant.
Sure you can't "shoot shit" on your property. Do you need to?
There is a certain privalage that goes together with being raised in rural America and having the chance to live in the city when you are older. It gives you the chance to be around diverse people and their cultures. The chance to eat at good restaurants or attend large events is another factor that speak for city live over the rural alternatives.
Both of these options have their benefits – different strokes for different folks – though when given the chance to choose I will always chose the city.