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Crappy Social Life? It's Not Your Fault, It's the Traffic

[Photo courtesy It's not my fault!/flickr]

No friends? Today is your day to feel better about yourself, at least, if you live on a street with a lot of traffic. That's because Transportation Alternatives has released a study saying heavy traffic makes it harder to have friends in your nabe, among other things. Okay, so it doesn't totally get you off the hook, but it says that if you live on a high-traffic street, you're going to feel worse about where you live, be more isolated, get interrupted more when you try to sleep or talk (big surprise) and tend to keep your windows closed (bigger surprise). Now, if you shower at least once a week, clean the crib quarterly and pick up the tab for dinner every now and then, you'll start solve the rest of the problem.
· Traffic's Human Toll [Transportation Alternatives]
· Traffic's toll for locals is isolation [Newsday]