This article from The New York Times briefly profiles Project for Public Spaces Founder Fred Kent, and presents his appraisals of four New York neighborhoods.
"'When a place makes people really happy, really comfortable,' he said, 'they start touching each other.'"
"He should know. An affable, boyish native of Andover, Mass., Mr. Kent, 64, is an urban anthropologist and space doctor, and as founder of the Project for Public Spaces, a 32-year-old nonprofit group with offices near Washington Square Park, he spends his days observing homo sapiens in one of its favorite habitats: cities."
See Kent's neighborhood appraisals linked below.