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Sprawl Begets Breast Implants

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Musician, artist, and devotee of buildings David Byrne wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal last week on what he's looking for in a city (Byrne's new book, "Bicycle Diaries," looks at cities and biking), a piece in which he floats a new theory about Angelenos: "If a city doesn't have sufficient density, as in L.A., then strange things happen. It's human nature for us to look at one another— we're social animals after all. But when the urban situation causes the distance between us to increase and our interactions to be less frequent we have to use novel means to attract attention: big hair, skimpy clothes and plastic surgery. We become walking billboards." [WSJ]