City for Single?

I read in “Mars” magazine last month issue. One columnist who lives in NYC wrote that NYC isn’t city for family. Everything is practical for single, young and enegetic people. There is no space for children to play and too lonely for olders.

I’ve never been NYC but I can feel that after watching Sex&the City. I think everyone will accept that Bangkok is following NYC step. But the question is now Bangkok is the city for single yet?

3 Comments so far

  1. scuba (unregistered) on December 21st, 2004 @ 6:26 pm

    I grew up in New York City, it’s certainly a unique experience. There actually are plenty of places for kids to play – lots of parks, playgrounds, etc. We also had museums, concerts, art cinemas and other cool stuff. My high school didn’t have a football team or a senior prom like “normal” schools, but on the whole, I think it was a positive experience. But I’d never bring up a child in Bangkok. It’s way too polluted, dirty, chaotic, and materialistic. The public schools don’t impress me, and the international schools seem to be filled with brats.

    As for being old, NYC would be great if you had a ton of money – lots of places to go, great medical care (6 medical schools!); but pretty miserable if you’re poor. Being old in Bangkok sounds really depressing for many of the same reasons I wouldn’t want to have children here.

    So, on the whole, I’d say Bangkok is ahead of NYC as being a singles (or childless couples) city. (If you look at the statistics, this is borne out – lots of migration of families away from the inner city areas to the outlying areas in Bangkok)

  2. him (unregistered) on December 21st, 2004 @ 6:46 pm

    I dont think this is unique to NYC or BKK at all. Most couples don’t want to bring up kids in a major city filled with all the accompanying pollution, traffic, dirt, people and so on. London was no different.

  3. bangkokmom (unregistered) on December 26th, 2004 @ 3:28 am

    i think the columnist who wrote that article is single , that’s why s/he is unaware of all the child-friendly places there … i never knew there were that many parks w/ playgrounds until i became a mom :) … as for schools , there are many private schools that are child-centered … if i remembered correctly, the public schools has been reforming their teaching style from teacher-oriented to child-centered … so all is not lost, go have babies !

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