It's somewhat difficult to believe that only a few generations ago, before the industrial revolution, more people lived in small villages than large towns. In just a few short decades, not only did towns populations quickly swell and break records, but brand new cities sprung up in areas of industrial activity.
People moved to where the action was, where production was happening, which more often than not meant working with a machine. Yet today our production not longer demands machinery and has been internalised. It is we who produce and wherever we go, our potential for productivity will follow. Our reasons then, to remain in big cities are quickly disappearing, along with our teleworking colleagues who are returning to regional areas where real estate is cheaper, communities are safer and many consider the lifestyle better.