Having been immersed in well-being literature for a while for my research on older adults and urban public realm I often wonder why it lacks of a more robust  discussion about the socio-economic and political forces that sustain and/or undermine health and well-being. Rarely the discourse on "happiness" and "well-being" touches upon more structural and therefore political factors.  This article well summarises a body of evidence and research which also sustained a more holistic and comprehensive approach to public health in Scotland. An approach in which well-being, or "wellness" as Sir Harry Burns pointed out is a spectrum that includes health and that is heavily infuenced by socio-economic, and therefore political circumstances. The same conditions that shape the urban environment and, as in this case, make it a powerful instrument of social engineering with a blatant disregard for the opinions and aspiration of the local community, in other words of their well-being.