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CityLab: The Larger the City, the Faster People Walk


For many people who live in big cities, this study that has been done is probably not going to tell them anything new. In fact, it’s probably just confirming something that everyone who has experience with living in a big city, or at least visiting a big city, is probably fully aware of anyway.

A study was recently published by CityLab that showed that the size of the city effects the speed at which people who are living in the city walk. Of course, this is pretty self-explanatory. The more people live in a city, the more hectic the urban life is. Anyone who has been to New York City can probably attest to this.

Usually, the real New Yorkers are walking as if they are training for a long distance speed walking competition. And it’s always easy to spot the tourists. They are the people who are taking their time and getting in the way of the people who are trying to get by them and get to where they need to be as soon as possible.

It seems that the larger cities are, the more time is valued. That means that life takes on another level of urgency in big cities, which leads to people being constantly in a hurry and always rushing, no matter if they are going to walk, or heading out to the bar.


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