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Culture of suburbs unlike small towns

December 02, 2006

Re "Where to hear 'Hi, neighbor!': in the suburbs," Nov. 27

The article on the UC Irvine survey about suburbs, which showed that they have more sociability than cities, should be a challenge to conventional New Urbanist thinking. But it would be nice if the study would also get the same data for small towns and farmsteads.

Suburbia is in many ways the duplication of the farmstead life in an urban area. It does not, however, bear much resemblance in its culture to that of the small town.

HOWARD AHMANSON

Irvine

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