My Perfect City Challenge Update

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So it’s the beginning of a new week and as such marks the end of the submission phase of our creative writing challenge, and the beginning of the voting phase. However, since we’ve gotten soo little entries as yet, we’ve decided to allow further entries throughout the voting phase as well, so if you haven’t submitted anything yet, you’ve still got a chance to write your piece before the end of the week.

 

While trying to describe my perfect city, I found it’s actually quite difficult, as there are soo many things to consider, so kudos to all those who did submit something.

 

I must say though, whenever I envision my version of a perfect city (and maybe this comes from watching too much TV) I always start imagining the cities in Star Wars, where you see everything is clean and efficient, all types of races (and species 🙂 ) are tolerant of one another and each other’s cultures, everyone is busy and happy. Some places (planets) might not be as technologically advanced, but they have a cultural authenticity that one should not force technological change on, but allow for it to take its natural path of growth.

 

Sure I don’t see that we will have fly cars and whatnot anytime soon, but I envision that clean “green” cars would the norm, and would only be used by those who really need it, as the public transport system would be extremely efficient, accessible and safe to travel 24 hours 7 days a week.

The perfect city would have a balance between engineering/scientific/technological/medical advancement and natural/cultural/historical responsibility and pride.

 

There are some economists who study popular fictional works, like Harry Potter, to gain insights into people’s understanding of how the world works, however inaccurate they may be. Their reasoning being “Economic organization of the imaginary worlds depicted in popular literary works may be viewed as a mirror to public opinion on the economic organization of life. If a book ecomes a best-seller, it is because the book conveys messages, feelings, and events the readers can relate to.” Read More about this

 

And since Star Wars is soo wildly popular all over the world, I feel that probably some of the cities described in it not only represents what my perfect city would be like, but also many others.

 

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