This is an interesting article about how there needs to be greater variety of services and housing types in urban areas in Finland according to the Residents’ Barometer 2010 survey. Some interesting quotes:
What is needed in the future is variety, different forms of housing in the same area,” Säteri says.
“Corresponding surveys were made in 2004 and also in 1998. In the oldest survey, the most desired services were a bank, grocery store and post office. In 2010, the most desired local service was a grocery store, then other stores and shops and public transport.”
Helena Säteri, Director General of the Ministry of the Environment