Sunday, January 07, 2007

A little pro-sprawl argument

So, Jan K. Brueckner of UC Irvine and some Irish woman argue that Robert Putnam was wrong -- they call him out in the abstract -- and that social capital is better in the suburbs. City people are less engaged than drivers in their communities and the latter have more and better friends.

I guess this is somewhat more credible than my sun sign affecting my driving record, but it's pretty surprising.

2 comments:

Brad said...

City people are less engaged than drivers in their communities and have more and better friends.

Is that what they really said? How can city people be less engaged and yet have more and better friends? Or did you mean to say that the drivers have more and better friends?

(I didn't read the paper, but I did like how the conclusion said that cities might be "inefficiently compact".)

Rionn Fears Malechem said...

Thanks, Brad. That's corrected.