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January 25, 2019, 5am PST
The status quo is unhealthy for everybody.
The New York Times
May 19, 2015, 8am PDT
A new study finds that biking to work does wonders for reducing stress levels throughout the day. Too bad most it's so hard to fund biking infrastructure.
November 20, 2013, 7am PST
Have a long commute? If so, you are likely not very engaged in politics with one major exception - higher incomes can counter commuting stress. But for the rest of us, it may explain why we aren't as involved in civic issues we would like.
March 28, 2013, 5am PDT
Scientists have long theorized that natural settings can help us manage the stress induced by urban living. New research made possible by advances in EEG technology has confirmed the restorative effects of parks.
The New York Times
October 12, 2012, 9am PDT
Scientists are studying whether the stresses of living in urban environments increases the risks of developing mental health disorders. Global urbanization is making the question an urgent one, writes Alison Abbott.
October 14, 2011, 7am PDT
Forbes Magazine picks 15 of the most stressful cities in the United States. To come up with the data, "we analyzed quality-of-life data from the 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas," says Beth Greenfield.
July 2, 2011, 1pm PDT
A new study looks at how growing up and living in cities can affect how people process stress.
Per Square Mile
Blog post
September 14, 2009, 11am PDT

Not long ago, I posted on what makes some cities more stressful than others. (See ). In that post, I remarked that the ideal objective indicia of stress (resident surveys on crime, illness, etc.) often do not exist for most cities.

Michael Lewyn
Blog post
September 2, 2009, 9am PDT

Forbes just came up with another of its “Most X City” surveys. This week, it listed the most stressful cities ( ). Nearly all of Forbes’ criteria, however, are silly in one respect or another.

Michael Lewyn
September 23, 2008, 10am PDT
By looking at city data and quality-of-life measures, <em>Forbes</em> has created a list of the most stressful cities in the U.S. Chicago, Detroit and New York rank the highest.