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Old 10-03-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Ignorance is bliss
So your not buying it?
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:59 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Introduction to Philadelphia: Corrupt and Contented
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I'll wager the question was posed as a five-point scale (very happy, somewhat happy, neither happy nor unhappy, somewhat unhappy, very unhappy), and it would have been interesting IMO to see the combined scores for the first two answers.

I should also note that this survey limited itself to the nation's 10 largest metros. (It has to be based on metro populations, for otherwise Boston and San Francisco, neither of which are among the 10 largest cities themselves, wouldn't be on it.) It's entirely possible that folks in, say, the Twin Cities are absolutely ecstatic with their lives, but this survey wouldn't have picked that up.

Interesting also that NY, DC and LA all had "very happy" scores right at the 10-city average, and that save for top finisher Dallas-Fort Worth and pack trailer San Francisco, all the others had scores within a narrow range.
You forgot Atlanta. //www.city-data.com/top1.html

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Old 10-05-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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happy happy joy joy


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Old 10-06-2013, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Roger on that, southbound_295.

Something a lot of you civic Cassandras and ultra-Negadelphians tend to forget is that "cognitive dissonance" has its positive flip side. One can be very happy with one's situation and hold positive attitudes overall about one's place of residence, yet at the same time recognize that it has problems that are real - and serious, or potentially so.

I'd say that describes me quite well. I also suspect that it describes a good number of those Philadelphians who told the Pew Research Center recently that they think the city is on the wrong track. As of now, a majority of city residents say this, for reasons that I think should be obvious to us all. And crime is not one of the biggies, by the way.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Much of what Steffens wrote could still be written today. But there's some material on that page that I think is of special value, starting with this passage:

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Steffens, in his introduction, goes on to state that the existing corruption and shameful things of these American cities are not the fault of any single socioeconomic class, but it is the fault of the misgovernment of the American people by the American people--henceforth, every American citizen is to blame, those in the lower, middle, and upper classes.
I do think that people tend to ignore the role they themselves play in creating the problems they decry. In the Sixties formulation, "You're either part of the solution or part of the problem." It's not inconceivable that one can be both at the same time either.
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