Learning from One City's Effort to Transform Community

Have cities missed the point?

What if, for all their focus on crime stats and traffic patterns, on zoning laws and building codes, they've missed the chance to thrive--and to help their residents thrive, too? What if there's a better way to govern?

RAND researchers have been working on a project to redefine not just how cities measure success, but how they assess their very purpose for being. It's called the Wellbeing Index, because its central philosophy is that cities can improve not just the safety and comfort of their residents, but also their happiness, their satisfaction with life--their wellbeing.

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