The Secrets of Happy Urban Living
The following article is an initiative of Lodha and is intended to create awareness among the readers.
What is it that makes a city liveable? Is it the people, the infrastructure, the governance or is there something else? People often migrate to cities in hopes for better livelihood and lifestyle. But cities (especially in India) are also synonymous with cramped spaces and crumbling infrastructure. That could be one of the reasons, why despite having some of the populous cities on the planet, India still does not have the most liveable ones.
The big question is whether one can lead a healthy and happy life in a city, in an urban setting? If yes, what are the key parameters? Can you truly Find Your Kingdom, where life is free, healthy and happy? Does such a place really exist?
Currently, around 31% (around 377 million) of India’s population lives in the cities. That number is set to grow exponentially to 600 million by 2050 with more than 50% of India’s population urbanised. According to the United Nations World Population Prospects , India will house 1.7 billion people by 2050, and be the most populous country on the planet. Thus, we will need to find cities that can accommodate some 850 million Indians in the next three decades. That’s a huge jump in city dwellers.
With such change in the offing, let’s take a look at some of the key factors that make a city or urban space liveable.
According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2030, there will be 61 cities in India with a population of more than one million, 13 cities with a population of more than four million and six megacities with a population of 10 million or more. Also, the report notes that 70% more jobs will also be created by these cities, which will be account for more than 70% of the country’s GDP. Given that fact, an urban city that provides great business and job opportunities is always rated higher in terms of liveability.
While Indian cities might not rank high on the livability index, they do rank high on one sad parameter, namely, pollution. In fact, according to a report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2014, 13 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world are from India. Pollution is not only catastrophic for the environment but is terrible for the health and well-being of the citizen. Thus, greenery and open are some of the most important factors. Planned cities across the world always demarcate more than 50% of the spaces to green and open areas.
Arts & Lifestyle
Think of New York and you think of the live performances on Broadway or think of Paris and you can imagine the painters that set up shop by the side of Seine. Great cities are known by their trademark art or lifestyle that they provide. Thus for a happy existence, the city should be a centre for arts and music. It should be able to afford for its denizen the opportunities to indulge in the celebration of art and music. For instance, the new Palava City by Lodha has a slew of programs that engage the residents in various cultural activities.
Cities are not made up of people and houses but families and homes. Thus, a great planned city will have adequate arrangements for recreation, especially for children in terms of parks, playing grounds, etc. Over the past few years, most of the cities in India have lost their playing grounds and parks to buildings. Yet, recreational spaces still are rated high by families when it comes to deciding on living in a city.
Safety is still one of the prime requisites for citizens. Given the high crime rates in India, individuals and families still pay great attention to the aspect of security. Little wonder then, gated communities that are adequately protected with the use of technology are most preferred for living.
Do you know what cities like Boston or London have in common? Well, they are great centres for learning with leading academic institutions in close proximity. Indeed, great schools and colleges are often rated on a high parameter for living in a particular city. In the Indian context, there are numerous instances of families migrating to a particular city just so to aid their children education.
Easy of commutation is another necessity. Usually, in an urban city, people spend as much as 3-4 hours every day in commuting between work and home. Sadly, much of this commute is done on shoddy infrastructure. Great cities always boast of great public infrastructure, in terms of mass transit. Easy connectivity to different parts of the city or different cities is always regarded highly on the livability index.
In the end, basic amenities like 24/7 electricity and water are now no more the deciding factors for happy living. Cities need to be planned and executed keeping in mind the lifestyle and health of individuals. That is what makes a city, a happy place to live.
This is where the numerous projects of Lodha score over all the others. Located in the business cities of Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and London, the projects by Lodha Developers are aimed at not only providing a home but rather creating a kingdom, where the quality of living is the most critical thing. So, if indeed you need to Find Your Kingdom, the best place to do so would be with Lodha Developers.