Imagine a day when you wake up sleepy because you had to take care of your sick child and you are already late for work where there is a pile of overdue tasks to catch up with on your table and you only can make to have a “coffe to go” with some croissant while reading your emails in your smartphone and seeing that you did not even have the time to open your bag,which you poured all the reports to be read the night before and you have to also stop at the post office to send your officially signed contract for your new work.
All this which might may seem subjective in our daily personal experiences normally happen within the domains of a city, well at least for more than 54% of the world according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and maybe it is necessary now more than ever that we ask how our mental state is influenced by the experiences of the physical presence that we have in our city.
For many of us, living in a specific city is not an option, whether it is the job or family aspects that are connecting us to stay in one place or as well as resources that we may need to choose living in a more prosperous city is not always at hand, therefore we it is interesting to see if the integration of buildings, streets, shops ,people and etc. that form a city are indeed making a positive impact in our lives.
To this extend one of the most important factors that can be investigated for the ease of accessibility is the transport system in any urban area and whether as a modern citizen where your home and your place of work might be minutes or hours away are well interconnected.
Today more than ever the idea of good transport is not only defined by the quality and existence of public transport in every corner but also how close and efficient are the parking lots and the quality of the roads and gas stations plus the circulation and possible traffic jams are important in terms of the livability of a city and finally the question we should ask is that if we should consider the adding the right to “move easily” in city domains as part of the human rights such as social security that claims : We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old?