With the urban population growing, more and more people live in a home with small or no outdoor areas. Is it a positive or negative development?
【题目分析】观点类题目。本次大作文是新题，但是题材属于出题频率比较高的城市类。注意角度多样性，可以从对个人和对社会两个角度分析现象。注意题目中的home with small or no outdoor areas不完全等同于small house.
A soaring number of urbanites live in flats without space for activities. This trend, in my opinion, brings about more benefits than problems to individuals as well as the society as a whole.
It is argued that lack of outdoor space could affect citizen’s quality of life. Unlike human’s early accommodations which always have a garden or a yard, contemporary urban dwellings are not appropriate for doing physical exercise or throwing a barbecue party. As a result, people gradually live a sedentary life and have a weakening relationship with their neighbors, friends and relatives.
However, the problem mentioned above can be addressed as long as public leisure places like parks and squares are constructed. In fact, urban residents exercising or socialising in these areas are permitted with more possibilities to play outdoors and get acquainted with people. Another consideration that cannot be ignored is that as a significant gap between the high demand for houses and the availability of land exists, the majority of young people working in metropolis are not able to afford the high rent of large-sized houses, quite apart from buying them. The money saved from renting or purchasing a house equipped with less or no private outdoor space can be used to improve other life aspects ranging from daily necessities to entertainment.
As for the society, two points are concerned. For one thing, accommodating people in high-density residential areas is an optimal solution to tackle the significant increase of urban population as this way relieves the press and damage to the surrounding environment. For another, the acceptable price of housing allows settlement of more young people, who are the main labor force for building the cities.
To conclude, despite the likelihood of doing fewer sports or activities, constructing dwellings with less outdoor space exerts more positive effects.