By Karl Neuwinger
“The city is not merely a repository of pleasures,” writes Charles Montgomery in Happy Cities. “It can enhance or corrode our ability to cope with everyday challenges. It can steal our autonomy or give us the freedom to thrive.” In this year’s “Living and Quality of Life” survey, the citizens of Vienna voiced their satisfaction – or at least mostly – giving high marks for safety, health services and housing choices.
Commissioned by the City of Vienna in cooperation with the Institute for Empirical Social Research (IFES), the study, done at five year intervals, was based on 8,450 interviews between March and December of 2018.
With the waves of newcomers in recent years and the rightward political shift, one might think the influx was controversial. But a…