Those who know their neighbors feel safer, are less lonely and are happier. It’s as simple as that. The quality of life in a neighborhood is largely determined by the layout and maintenance of the district, and by the sense of community among its residents.
The disappearance of neighborhood shops, bars, squares and benches in the last 50 years means that there are fewer meeting places today. You may still find some benches in the city center, but they are few and far between in residential districts. In the last few decades, many municipalities have taken away park benches because of public disturbances. We think that there should be at least 10 benches in every neighborhood.
In fact, we, at Social Sofa, believe that there should be a bench on every street. In our crusade against social isolation, we have designed the Social Sofa, a concrete living room style outdoor bench. Decorate a sofa together and make friends for life.