I recently moved from my funky apartment in the city to a rather ordinary house in the suburbs. I packed away my furniture and possesions in a storage facility - the excercise reminding me of the the game Tetris. Everything is so tightly packed that any hope of finding anything (like passports) requires unloading the lot.
Check out the documentary from the BBC about the story of Tetris. It's packing them in all over the world.
City living has much to commend it...but, sadly noise and parking dramas won out in the end, not to mention self defeating commutes to drop my son off at golf, school etc...