Unlocking Happiness - The Surprising Link to Urban Density

Unlocking Happiness - The Surprising Link to Urban Density

A study by urban planners and researchers at Happy Cities challenges the common opposition to urban density. Surveying 1,900 people in Vancouver, they found no evidence that higher-density living reduces happiness or social connection. Well-designed density, with pedestrian-friendly spaces, access to transit, and local amenities, correlates with increased well-being, while poorly designed density does the opposite. Despite the housing affordability crisis, people prioritize neighborhoods that offer a sense of community and access to social amenities. The study also reveals that housing type, such as apartments or detached homes, doesn't significantly impact well-being, except for basement apartments and very small units which are linked to lower social connections and general well-being. These insights are crucial for urban planning to foster environments that enhance resident happiness.

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