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Thinking about not only why the Wesley Chapel movie theater shooting happened but why it happened where it happened

Something called The Grove at Wesley Chapel.


Something called The Grove at Wesley Chapel.



The Times' Ben Montgomery last night tweeted two things that have been knocking around his head since the Lone Survivor Monday matinee at which an older ex-Tampa cop shot and killed a young father because of texting and popcorn. The first is David Foster Wallace's Kenyon College commencement speech, which in this context is worth reading, or re-reading, especially the parts concerning the grocery store and the SUVs. The second, though, is Charles Montgomery's secrets of the world's happiest cities. Certainly Stand Your Ground is worth discussing, again, but so is the nature of the location. Central Pasco. Wesley Chapel. Here's my pick for the key piece of the piece:

As much as we complain about other people, there is nothing worse for mental health than a social desert. The more connected we are to family and community, the less likely we are to experience heart attacks, strokes, cancer and depression. Connected people sleep better at night. They live longer. They consistently report being happier.

There is a clear connection between social deficit and the shape of cities. A Swedish study found that people who endure more than a 45-minute commute were 40% more likely to divorce. People who live in monofunctional, car‑dependent neighbourhoods outside urban centres are much less trusting of other people than people who live in walkable neighbourhoods where housing is mixed with shops, services and places to work.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:05am]


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