Author Peter Kageyama 2008's Gallup Soul of the Community survey, found strong correlations between peoples' emotional attachment to the communities they lived in and higher levels of local GDP:
"These results should not be surprising - we all recognize that when children, pets, plants or even objects are loved, they thrive (yes objects – just look at the car of someone who loves it). So this emotional dimension to infrastructure should not be seen as superfluous." writes Kageyama.
Kageyama wonders why cities don't build more dog parks and public art that kids can play on, which are both high on the 'love' scale.