via Marginal Revolution comes the Good News:

"We found that interaction goes down as population density goes up. So, turning it around, it says that interaction is higher where densities are lower," says Jan Brueckner, an economics professor at UC Irvine who led the study. "What that means is suburban living promotes more interaction than living in the central city."

i.e. the urbs are more alienating and atomizing than the suburbs. Oh, delicious. In one fell swoop my own aversion to urban life, my partiality to suburban/exurban life, and my joy in watching the revealed pain/shocked sensibilities/desperate denials of annoying Urbanist/New Urbanist/Cities RoxxOr folk reading this survey and commenting at MR are all served.

Heh! Indeed!

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