In American lore, the small town is the archetypal community, a state of grace from which city dwellers have fallen.
Yet the picture of cities—and New York in particular—that has been emerging from the work of social scientists is that the people living in them are actually less lonely. Rather than driving people apart, large population centers
pull them together, and as a rule tend to possess greater community virtues than smaller ones.
posted by plexi
on Nov 25, 2008 -