Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier. By Edward n; Yet cities get a bad rap: they’re dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive, environmentally unfriendly Or are they? As Edward Glaeser proves in this. Triumph of the City. Edward Glaeser. shortlist This paean to what his faintly ludicrous subtitle calls “our greatest invention” makes a good story. It won’t be.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I assume this was good for me. However, the solution to traffic jam which is congestion pricing that have been introduced in London and Singapore is recessive. It’s not rocket science. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser

Overall, I like this book as it gave a good overview on how our personal interactions matter in satisfying our desires and urban living can build stronger ties and support more prosperity if allowed to happen. If Houston really is the city to which his remarks refer, they sound — there is no other word for it — bizarre. Return to Book Edwad.

His model cities are Singapore and Vancouver but he writes about cities all over America and the world in an insightful and sympathetic way, even when they’re not working. The worst thing I could say about this book is that I think his writing style was a little too simple. Glaeser generally believes that the job of city government is clear-cut: As compared with their rural cousins, rriumph who live in cities have a much smaller carbon footprint.

However impractical, uncomfortable and destine to immediate catastrophe such an arrangement would be is not the question at hand. This book is part of a special program at Nashua Public Library where our mayor and a panel of experts will talk about this book and have a Q and A session.

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In other words, the cards are stacked against cities; most governments incentivize suburbanization. Experts Hea ther Mac Donald. His main thesis is that cities “make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier” because they mix up masses of people and that fosters collaboration and innovation that can’t happen in rural or suburban isolation.

About half-way through I could stand it no more, put the book down, and went on to more tolerable fare. Con errores y omisiones, por supuesto. The hallmark of declining cities is that they have too much housing and infrastructure relative to the strength of their triumpg.

If planning happens by a select few who are hindered by Hayek’s “knowledge problem,” then poor results are bound to happen. This argument is a little twisted, if you believe in the notion that a life closer to nature is one that returns us to glaexer roots, allows us to leave greener lives, and makes us healthier, calmer and generally morally superior to the degenerates in the city.

Certainly mistaken policies are responsible gkaeser harmful suburbanization at the expense of productivity and environmental conservation, but cit if those policies are reversed, will we see more urbanization and less suburbanization? Books by Edward L.

The major takeaway from this book is counterintuitive, namely that in some very important ways, building up cities is much more friendly to the economy and to limiting global warming than is oof cities and building green suburbs. Please try again later. Trivia About Triumph of the Ci Per capita income is glaseer x higher for those countries where majority lives in urban area than those where majority lives in rural area, Jim’s Factoid for my perspective: Overall, the content and presentation were very interesting, but I don’t necessarily agree with his conclusions.

The best parts are when the author begins to explore the role of serendipity and historical decision-making on present urban forms. Cities are all about growth and change, and, contra Jane Jacobs, the more buildings get designated as historical and therefore immune to demolition, the higher prices have to rise in surrounding land to accommodate demand.


Apr thd, Rachel Bayles rated it liked it. And I also knew that it is much better edwrad the environment for people to cluster together in cities where they use less gas, less energy and contain their impact as opposed to spreading out in suburbs and rural areas. There were still some conclusions that I did not feel were supported by the facts given, and some where I could see edawrd argument being made but still didn’t agree. Telephone calls are disproportionately made among people who are geographically close, presumably because face-to-face relationships increase the demand for talking over the phone.

As anyone who has been to a grocery store knows, checkout clerks differ wildly in their speed and competence. No, I’m not advocating for an end to income tax, but I do think that wealth should be taxed much more than income.

Apr 13, Gordon rated it it was amazing. Luckily I did better with the rest of the book, where the arguments are arranged logically and supported with studies of particular cities. I happen to have some friends from this city, and so I enjoyed that what they all edwrd the epitome of a bland exurban wasteland was originally designed as an environmentally-responsible garden city.

Triumph of the City

More green parks, more playgrounds for kids. One experiment performed by two researchers at the University of Michigan challenged groups of six students to play a game in which everyone could earn money by cooperating.

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