Is your city a happy city? Do you know what makes a city happy? Luckily, there are plenty of surveys and studies on what makes for urban contentment – and how to achieve it. Many people are a bit surprised to learn that money is not the main ingredient.
Of course, economic prosperity brings many good things to cities, such as new high-rise buildings, booming populations, more jobs, new shops and greater opportunities. But that’s not enough. Instead, a city with elevated levels of happiness is often one that has invested in the simple pleasures: in creating a sense of community and meaning, and in ensuring freedom to move about flexibly.
A happy city, it appears, is a city that designs an infrastructure that supports elementary concepts of human connection.