Wanted: Better Neighborhoods
New research shows the importance of high-amenity districts for a healthy civil society.
People who live in proximity to amenities—parks, libraries, community centers, grocery stores, gyms, restaurants—are happier, more socially connected, and more inclined to help others compared with people who live in low-amenity areas.
We've done a good job over the years deepening our understanding of 3 out of 4 of Berger/Neuhaus's mediating structures. But we've neglected the 4th, the neighborhood. I write about that at
Michael R. Strain
: "Well-rounded, amenity-rich communities are home to disproportionately more affluent people, but where they exist in lower-income places, they produce the same effects. We need more of these neighborhoods for everyone."