If my life were a city, every building would be magnificently constructed from white marble. Homes would be odd contemporary shapes with windows in place of some of the walls. Every living thing in the city would be thriving, every day being a celebration of life. Everyone would [hopefully] be filled with a sense of humility and gratitude for being so blessed to live in such wonderment and be so appreciated for their contributions to the world.
It would be a place where magical things would happen, a place governed by a vision of what life could be and not by what it has been like in the past.
but uh, holy crap, some of y'all have some depressing cities
okay here's mine...
mine would be a city in green grassy hills, with small lakes everywhere. dirt paths bordered with patches of soft cool moss would wind all around the hills. spiral staircases would lead to houses, stores, sanctuaries, and temples both low and high in the trees, with hanging wooden bridges connecting the higher levels. there would be plenty of pretty areas (like walls of water, etc.) that exist just for the sake of existing, and tons and tons of places to explore. there'd be lots of fountains and windchimes, and tons of plants and vines and fragrant flowers in all different colors. the city would be illuminated by electric string lights, paper lanterns, and lampposts - eclectic but in good taste. the sky would be, normally, a bright azure blue, and occasionally dotted with white and neon-color clouds. and insanely colorful sunrises and sunsets. the weather would usually be pleasantly cool and sunny, with mild seasons. everyone would sleep longer in winter and less in summer..
people would be friendly, generally artistic and all a little strange. all different colors, shapes, customs, talents, and crazy makeup and jewelry/piercings/tattoos. some very refined and elegant people, and other kinda crazy nature kids, and lots of large families all living together. adventure sports would be common but people would pay a lot of attention to safety equipment - it's the only thing they're really neurotic about. bizarre creatures would wander around as well, mostly curious/friendly, all wild but some choosing to bond with families like pets. there'd be regular (fairly disorganized) festivals with meaningful ceremonies and regular group singing. they'd celebrate some undefined greater life spirit that comprises everyone and everything. little idea-fairies would flit about in glowing neon colors and lead kids on fun little adventures. there would be symbols from many different languages inscribed everywhere, all sensical but many unfamiliar. the primary language would be clear, melodic and have regular conjugation... sort of like halfway between french and finnish. placenames would be long but pretty. alternatively, people would just speak in images.
the people would also all like to gather together and start big projects, but some people would still wander around the outskirts because they are rebels and feel like doing their own thing. and, sometimes, they would distract everyone just for the fun of it, or because they feel like what they're doing is honestly more important. everyone else thinks this is kind of amusing but really annoying when there is an actual problem to be solved. rarely they have to be tazed/knocked out for their own good - more about that later.
when it turns nighttime, the city transforms into a vibrant gritty nightlife, full of nooks and crannies and dark places to hide and search, techno music with a pumping bassline, neons lights and tons of stars (and occasionally random planets) in the deep black sky, fireworks and people in all black long coats and high boots working in seeming rebellion for the greater good of the people. everyone would have tons of sweet techno gadgets like hoverboards and headsets and DDR (some gadgets obviously being more productive than others). and non-fatal weapons, in case the outside world threatens to disturb the city's sense of self-sufficiency. sleep sounds like a good idea but doesn't always happen because everyone's too into their projects.
on the edges of the city, there would be idyllic farms and lots of horses and cows and the occasional herbivorous dino, and roads to other places - there would be tons of trade going on all the time, because the people are interested in everything. and occasionally, the trade influx would be so great that everyone would wake up to discover that the city has been engulfed by foreign artifacts, to the extent that it has transformed into some kind of theme, like a scottish castle or a shinto temple - it dwindles after a few days, but some artifacts will always hang around.
further out, past the farms, would be oceans, deserts, moors, and forests where people can go alone to relax and contemplate. they're a little scary, though, sometimes, the infiniteness of them - and occasionally even in the middle of the city things can disappear slowly, if no one pays enough attention to them, even if they are good. sometimes the city doesn't remember all of its own history, especially if it was not so positive. there are lingering fears and anxieties in certain places, sometimes triggered by even vague references. the people are very interested in inter-city politics, but have a defensive streak. they get upset when other cities forbid certain things, even though it borders on being none of their business. the city also really like to be celebrated and awarded and talked about, especially by its favorite other city. it can even be a little bit snobby, even though it tries to be a haven. its worst fear is being cut off from everyone, forever.
thunderstorms would sweep in occasionally, dark and chaotic and full of lightening and heavy rain, and the people have to seek refuge in their homes. sometimes, if the storms go on too long, there can be damaging flooding, even trees down. and when there's real trouble, everyone freezes and puts everything on hold except that one task. if you're not on board with the agenda, you get knocked unconscious by the people who are, to ensure maximum efficiency. unfortunately, that means sometimes the city loses sight of some of its important ideals in the process of handling crises. it can be very rigid, critical, and high-intensity.
but when the crisis is over... well, back to the whimsical, adventurous everyday life :]
yup, favorite thread ever
EDIT -- well i didn't even answer the question, did i? i think that most people would really enjoy staying in my city for a while, but you would have to be okay with quirky things and really intense projects and a bit of anxiety to live there, as well as lots and lots of colors. and being knocked out if you're not helpful during stressful times. and occasional group singing.
Also, there would be an invisible monster that goes around eating buildings and giving birth to new ones
all of a sudden a trail of new buildings just pops out of nowhere, i love it. do you mind if i ask where in finland you are, btw? i lived for a little while in jyväskylä :]
anyway some favorites of mine...
Originally Posted by Sytpg
Mine would have fanciful architecture that was structurally not so sound. Eye grabbing but not taking the laws of physics into account.
haha yay neglible gravity!
Originally Posted by Orobas
My city sits in the water-in an ocean, with no land in site. It is very massive, totally black and shaped a bit like a tulip. [...] the sun can shine between the petals for brief stretches of time, but in the city an elaborate system of mirrors is in place to lengthen the daylight as needed. Everyone has balconies that line the inside of the petals to maximize the sunlight they receive. From the outside it is rather stark and severe, but due to the way the sunlight is captured and reflected, in the inside there is always a warm glow.
this is lovely :] you sound dark and elegant but well-guarded and a bit forboding from the outside. and our storms sound very similar
Originally Posted by noigm
Everyone's job would be to build "the tower", but they'd only work three days a week and have irregular work times.
my kinda job, sounds like P paradise
Originally Posted by Yloh
The third part would look like the Sahara Desert. I always find those kind of deserts to be very beautiful
me too. there's something so peaceful and inspiring, but rugged and challenging at the same time.
Originally Posted by Liesl
If my life were a city, every building would be magnificently constructed from white marble. Homes would be odd contemporary shapes with windows in place of some of the walls. Every living thing in the city would be thriving, every day being a celebration of life. Everyone would [hopefully] be filled with a sense of humility and gratitude for being so blessed to live in such wonderment and be so appreciated for their contributions to the world. It would be a place where magical things would happen, a place governed by a vision of what life could be and not by what it has been like in the past.
simply imagine a city, and then imagine that someone whom you love very dearly was about to move into that city....(that's the basic premise----some more questions below)
where do you think this person would want to go in that city? Would he/she want to stay at a cheap motel for a few nights then leave? Maybe they would want to stay at your finest hotel, then leave? Maybe they'd want to buy a house, and flip it, in order to make a profit....
In Helsinki. Just moved a couple of months ago. Before that I lived in Kouvola. I think I've never even been to Jyväskylä. Was it any good? (it all looks pretty same to me )
i really enjoyed it, but yeah i just looked at photos of kouvola and they look alike lol. i was attending the university and it was a really good place to live. i always thought it would be an excellent place to raise children because it's so safe. quiet in comparison to where i live in the states, and a smaller city, but also cleaner and everyone walks and bikes instead of driving their cars everywhere, which was nice as well. the city center had lots of good shopping and restaurants... and of course i had a lot of fun exploring the forests and playing on the big lake in the middle of the city when it froze! i really enjoyed the lakes in summer too. it took me a while to get used to the very short days in the winter haha - i always wanted to go to sleep around 4 pm! my street name was roninmäentie and it took me almost 3 months to be able to pronounce it it was so impressive to me how most people spoke finnish, and english, and "a little" (a lot of) swedish, and usually something else too.. hmm i miss the nature and the food now lol. i liked helsinki a lot, i wish i had been able to spend more time there. it seemed like a fun place.