Relevant to the Barcelona series: Americans increasingly lack community, which in the end is the principal source of human happiness. https://qz.com/1570179/how-to-make-friends-build-a-community-and-create-the-life-you-want/ …
I honestly believe that living in single-family homes & driving everywhere increases anti-social attitudes & behaviors. We've practically designed our physical environments to *crush or prevent* pro-social attitudes & behaviors.
And if you look back at American history, why have we done this, not just in land use but in economic policy, social policy, etc etc.? Racism. This country's origin in racial violence has shaped everything that came after in ways that I *still* find myself underestimating.
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