1 Read the text. Then choose the correct answers.
In the 1940s, it became fashionable for families in the United States to buy homes in residential neighbourhoods outside the cities. These areas, called suburbs, were quiet and peaceful. Life in the suburbs was especially popular for people with young children. They preferred homes with gardens and friendly, safe neighbourhoods.
But recently, things have begun to change. More and more people are choosing to live in cities. They like the convenience of city life – for example, being close to work and not spending hours on trains or buses every day. In addition, they enjoy being near concert halls, cinemas and restaurants.
Because suburbs haven’t got as many people as cities, there isn’t much variety of places to go and things to do. It can be boring, especially for teenagers. This worries some parents and they have decided to make a change. If they move to a city, their teens will have more to do.
What will happen if a lot of people want to move to cities? First of all, cities will become more crowded. Also, if city homes are in great demand, they will become more expensive. Will rich people move to cities and poor people to suburbs? How will these changes affect us in the future? At the moment, there are more questions than answers.
1. Suburbs are / aren’t residential neighbourhoods outside cities.
2. People in cities spend / don’t spend too much time on trains and buses.
3. People with teenage children prefer / don’t prefer quiet neighbourhoods.
4. If teens have got a lot of things to do, their parents will / won’t worry.
5. Most of the poor people from cities have / haven’t moved to the suburbs.