In "Mary Tyler Moore," pioneer single woman in the big city Mary Richards probably couldn't have made it had she bought a house. Apartment living gave her access to her human support system, ranging from Rhoda Morganstern to Phyllis Lindstrom.
That meme of networking in an apartment building was the platform on which "Seinfeld" was built. Looking back we can remember the most boring of early television such as "Father Knows Best" was set in houses. The Anderson's support network was a closed system. All the family needed was accessed around the dining room table.
Ironically, it's the house which became the American Dream. Yet, historically it has been the apartment building, including tenements, which had been the original forms of social networking. Only they were brick-and-mortar.
Today, apartments still are neural centers for social and professional opportunities. That could be one of the reasons densely populated urban areas, with all their apartments, are hotbeds of innovation. People are forced to interact. Ah-ha moments happen.
Here in the desert - Tucson, Arizona - that same city phenomenon is taking place. Had I bought a house I would have been isolated. Instead, here in an apartment complex I have run into copy for so many new kinds of coverage for my three blogs. Those include the rare graduate from culinary school who is actually making a good living. It's possible I will ghostwrite a book about his approach to turning around food service businesses.
Also, I can be selective socially. As I walk my dog in the complex I bump up against so many possibilities for friendships. That feel-good social positions me to be more confident in producing content for clients and prospecting for new business.