September 25, 2010
It’s been nearly four weeks, and I have to say that city life is almost exactly as I’d imagined it. Even if we haven’t actually lived it ourselves, we’ve seen it in movies and TV shows, and those are – practically speaking – very good representations of what it’s like.
The buildings, the people, the streets, the cabs, cars, buses, trains, bars, shops, and parks. And all within a block of wherever you are at any given minute. Everything is so condensed. Communities and districts that elsewhere would be spread across a mile or more are all squeezed into a block or even a street corner. Everything is just close. Even if something on the other side of town, it feels like it’s just around the corner.
As expected, the biggest difference between Chicago and Dallas is in the way that I get around. Since I don’t have a car, I walk, take the bus, take the L, or in most cases, some combination of those. Trips happen in legs rather than one mundane stretch.