Life in a Suburban City Learn About Urban Life Author: Lizann Flatt Description Life in a Suburban City looks at living in cities that have spread from the center far into the countryside. Many people live and work in areas that are miles from downtown. These are the suburbs. They are like mini-cities of their own. Los Angeles, California is the featured example, and focuses on family life in a typical suburb. It also investigates the problems of a big, modern, sprawling city and how these problems are dealt with.