Excellent article by Charles Montgomery over at the Guardian about what makes a city a great place to live.
"There is a clear connection between social deficit and the shape of cities. A Swedish study
found that people who endure more than a 45-minute commute were 40%
more likely to divorce. People who live in monofunctional, car‑dependent
neighbourhoods outside urban centres are much less trusting of other
people than people who live in walkable neighbourhoods where housing is
mixed with shops, services and places to work."