Good thoughts here, Chris, especially in regards to the transient neighbor mentality. My wife and I have lived in our neighborhood for 5 years now and almost every week another house is selling and many of the original residents are now gone. Living in Austin, TX too I see the way you point out how cities and neighborhoods are commodities as opposed to connection points. The digital connection is indeed across cultures and age as it’s become an everyday part of life, so you’re correct, but in terms of people being more lonely, the data would disagree. Hell, I’ll wager experience for most people who are older disagree. Throughout high school and college I had lonely bouts but I still had close and connected friends. Most people today don’t have that and I believe a lot of the digital interference is to blame. I explore that more in this popular article you might want to check out:

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