I was born in a village and grew up in a small town.
I worked for a while in a city, but a smallish city (Southampton, Hampshire), living outside the city in a small estate within 100 yards of the New Forest, but a 15 minute bus ride to the city centre. I was “lucky”, I was re-assigned within a week of moving there and spent the next 15 years on permanent assignment, travelling all over the UK. I’d spend 5-6 nights a week in hotels and walking to an office somewhere, often in a large city. I hated those cities, I couldn’t wait for the weekend, when I’d get back to my house and the forest.
I now live in a small town in Germany and work in another small town. It is the ideal life. We travel to the local city (165,000 citizens) a few times each year, but I avoid it, when I can. I hate the crush. I prefer to shop in our local town, when I can (35,000). We are a few hundred metres from the countryside and can see open fields, the river and the forest from our house.
This is about as urban or suburban as I want to get.
I think the world is in for a change. Hopefully a positive one. Working from home hasn’t been an option for us. I work for at a chemical company and they have been producing at normal rates throughout. The back office staff (sales, purchasing, bookkeeping etc.) have been working rotating shifts, with different people working at home each week, while the others are in the office.
Working in IT, we had to be onsite throughout the crisis - to ensure the infrastructure was available and to quickly solve problems. Most of the problems were hands on - replacing broken drives, manually restarting routers and firewalls etc.