Some people think that the best way to reduce time spent on travelling to work is to replace the parks and gardens in city centres with apartment buildings where commuters live. Others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
When developers plan modern cities, green spaces are important considerations to benefit the lives of the people who live in these urban areas. However, the consequence of many people living together is increased traffic congestion. One solution is the suggestion to build more accommodation on these public areas to cut down on travel time to work and solve the increasing traffic issue.
The question suggests the less frequently people travel in a city, the fewer traffic jams they create. This statement requires a thorough analysis. Firstly, the main reasons city dwellers commute on a daily basis is not just for work but for study, business, shopping and their social life. I am of the opinion, that removing our parks and gardens would not impact upon these many reasons for travelling throughout a city. Secondly, to truly tackle traffic congestion, we need more realistic solutions. For instance, improving public transportation. The convenience of public conveyance would encourage commuters to not use their cars, which is the primary reason for bad traffic in many cities.
It is clear that having green spaces in a city is very beneficial for residents and visitors. Such open areas have always been considered the heart of cities, where people get together for meetings and leisure activities. Furthermore, in a congested city these green spaces offer a breath of fresh air and a place to relax from the rigours of the day.
In conclusion, my opinion is we must protect our parks and gardens and find more viable ways to ease the traffic congestion in our cities. Building more apartments is not the answer.
By Dr Rob Burton
green space (noun) - an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment.
urban area - an urban area is the region surrounding and including a city. Most inhabitants of urban areas have non-agricultural jobs. Urban areas are very developed, meaning there is a density of human structures such as houses, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, and railways.
traffic congestion - is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. The most common example is the physical use of roads by vehicles.
travel time - a usually specified period of time spent in traveling at work or from the entrance of a business establishment to the place where work is actually done]
the heart of (something) (idiom) - the essential, core, or most important aspect(s) of some issue, problem, or topic at hand.
breath of fresh air (idiom) - an influx of air that is not stale or smelly, especially from outdoors. You look ill, John. What you need is a breath of fresh air.
rigours: (plural noun) - demanding, difficult, or extreme conditions. "the rigors of a harsh winter"
viable (adjective) - capable of working successfully; feasible. "the proposed investment was economically viable"
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