11/24/2014 08:27 am ET Updated Nov 24, 2014

What Makes A City Unhappy?

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I live in two of the country’s saddest cities. At least that’s if I’m to believe the results of a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper titled “Unhappy Cities.” It ranked Louisville—heart of bourbon country, home to a thriving culinary scene, and a friendly, growing place by all accounts—our nation’s third unhappiest city. Detroit—that mid-resurgence metropolis where I just bought a second home—landed fifth. My beloved cities were joined by places like Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee.

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