Triumph of the City
How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and HappierBook - 2012
A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities
America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.
"A masterpiece." -Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics
"Bursting with insights." -The New York Times Book Review
Baker & Taylor
A pioneering urban economist poses arguments for the city's potential for securing the world's future, challenging common perceptions to reveal why cities are actually more environmentally sound and are comprised of healthier and wealthier populations.
A pioneering urban economist poses arguments for the city's potential for securing the world's future, challenging common perceptions to reveal why cities are actually more environmentally sound and are comprised of healthier and wealthier populations. Reprint. A New York Times best-seller.
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"If we love nature, stay away from it." p.201
"America seemed on a path to widespread Walden living, where everyone could be surrounded by greenery, but somewhere along that road, something went environmentally wrong. The dream of garden living envisioned by ruskin and Wordsworth and designed by Howard and Olmsted turned out to be an ecological nightmare. Just as Thoreau's forest fire suggests, living within nature can have terrible consequences for the environment. The move to low-density livign ended up being far less sensitive to nature than Ferriss's vision of a towering metropolis." p.205.
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