While living in tight quarters may seem like a negative trade-off, it is also part of what makes cities great. Smaller homes require more activities to be experienced in the public realm. Restaurants become a dining room for large gatherings, and bars become a living room for watching sports with friends. With no room for private pools or exercise equipment, people work out in local parks, public pools, or gyms. Those without private yards must take their dogs for regular walks on the street or visit the neighborhood dog park. Activities performed in public create more vibrant spaces, facilitate chance encounters, and support local businesses.