Here is an excellent essay that illustrates one of the many ways that the quality of a place matters deeply. Good streets support healthy human beings.
Not only are people more likely to walk around in cityscapes with open and lively façades, but the kinds of things that they do in such places actually change. They pause, look around and absorb their surroundings while in a pleasant state of positive affect and with a lively, attentive nervous system. Because of these kinds of influences, they actuallywant to be there.