Thank you, Sandra!
My thought about cities actually extended from how long they’ve been around. I wondered to myself if they were necessary and then when I realized they’ve been around for so long and started wondering why they’re so “popular”.
I think the root cause is the distribution of wealth and the desire by a greater number of people to obtain more of it. Coming together in a small area became the best way to increase wealth. I think the negative side-effects of cities are clear, but I think technology is now giving us new means of creating and building wealth without congregating in one area.
I don’t think this means cities need to go away, but rather that they don’t need to keep growing. We can refine our cities and make them less detrimental to our health and the environment while continuing to provide opportunities to a growing population by using the power of the Internet.