Study: Sprawl may inhibit social interaction

04/24/2013 | Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), The · Atlantic Cities, The

There tend to be fewer opportunities to engage in social interactions in cities that are more spread out, according to a study by researchers Steven Farber and Xiao Li. In particular, the study found that decentralization, fragmentation and lengthy commutes can all take a toll on social interaction. "Decentralization has roughly 10 times the negative impact of fragmentation and about 20 times that of longer commute times," said Farber, a geography professor at the University of Utah.

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