Something I appreciate when I’m travelling is lively street activity. There is something comforting about sidewalks and public spaces occupied by people.
Canadian cities, especially mid-sized suburban ones, aren’t conducive to this. Whether it’s the lack of density, the weather, or the value placed on personal space, you just don’t see a group of men sitting around a board game on the sidewalk.
I can’t even picture a group of past-retirement age folks sitting outside together on a park bench.
Isolation and loneliness must add significantly to the difficulties of ageing. I imagine that having some sort of community at that age makes it all more bearable.