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In Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam argued that urbanisation, especially suburbanisation, had been harmful to levels of civic engagement in the US. Sifting through recent data on volunteering and civic participation in US Cities, Andy Carr finds some anomalies that suggest density may indeed encourage greater civic engagement where educational and religious organisations are strong.

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Certainly Putnam's findings should give urban planners and private developers pause--as we expand and grow our cities, are we inexorably diminishing good citizenship?

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