I dream to see eco-villages and eco-towns in my country. I think big cities will never (not in my life time at least) become environment-friendly enough, they always were and are centres of pollution and nature-destruction.
In a village, hardly anyone will spend millions to place advertisements and billboards on every corner, they will not spend so much money for only a few people. In cities we are manipulated 24 hours a day, we are persuaded into buying this and that, so we never have much time to think what we really want. We are constantly distracted, we never have enough time for the important things in life.
On the other hand, as the important things of life started to move to the digital world, it doesn’t mutter much anymore what your geographical location IRL is. So why not choose to live in the nature, in a healthy and sustainable environment? Why not choose the bike-way instead of the traffic-jam?
Big cities are not only environmental-unfriendly, they are also home of great social inequality. There is significantly more equality in villages than in cities. Roofless people can be found in cities not in villages. For me, a village is the symbol of socialism, whereas a city is that of capitalism. Cities make a country moreover unequal in itself: people earn more and have more possibilities in cities, governments invest all the money in big cities, the villages and smaller cities get what is left over.
I don’t say we don’t need cities in the future. I think in the coming one-two decades most people will still want to live in cities. But this is going to change. I imagine a future where we’ll have small cities and towns surrounded by hyper-modern eco-villages.