23 Jun '11, 4pm

How livable streets make us happier humans

How livable streets make us happier humans

This post follows up on David Roberts' series on "great places ." I found out yesterday that one of my neighbors, a lady in her 70s, had been taken to the hospital with heart problems. Her middle-aged daughter, who lives with her, was the one who told me, when we met on the stretch of sidewalk between our two houses. We often stop to chat like this, trading news and gossip and small talk. I expressed my concern and asked if there was anything that I could do. The daughter thanked me, and said she would pass along my well-wishes. Later, I found out from another neighbor that the older woman is going to be just fine. Phew. So what does this have to do with the "great places " idea David Roberts began exploring a few weeks back? Here's what: Great places have to be sustainable not just environmentally, but socially, too. Because human beings are social animals. A street not f...

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