I thought that this article was interesting in its comparison of "exurban" living, with our community in the city.
ESPECIALLY interesting in comparison to this article
a fascinating observation from the first article
In his book, "Democracy in Suburbia," University of Chicago political science professor Eric Oliver asserts that, in general, the absence of conflict in suburban areas tends to go hand in hand with diminished participation -- not necessarily in elections, but in other parts of civic life, such as volunteering. "It turns citizens into consumers, basically," he said in an interview. ". . . They disconnect and disassociate themselves from the greater community in which they reside."
This is a profound observation on many levels.