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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Published February 10th by Penguin Press first published Jan 13, Kyle Ryan rated it did not like it. I give this book 4 stars and recommend that you read it.

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Aug 12, Kylie Sparks rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 limiting cities and building green suburbs. What would the world look like today? I have lived in several cities; I lived in Houston for thirty years. They also report to be happier probably because they have much more access to cultural activities and are closer to their friends.

Public transportation that is as inviting as a luxury automobile like many European cities. It is opinion heavy, and the writing left you to assume that Glaser thinks that a he’s the first person who ever had the insight that there are inherent traits of cities that have greater value relative to suburban and rural areas, b anybody that doesn’t think that cities are the best solution when it comes to organizing people within a society is an idiot, and c anybody who would choose to live outside of a city is an idiot.

He loves high rises, but on the Vancouver model–slender high rises set apart so every one in them has views and there’s plenty of space in between. Overall this is a good book- i couldn’t ask more of facts and numbers presented to support his arguments.

He serves… More about Edward Glaeser. That all said, I am keeping my eye out for any talks Mr. Some are provocative, others just eccentric. He advocates building up, skyscrapers within reason. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Close Nav Search Close Search search. With that being said, we later find out that Glaser himself has moved to the suburbs because of the convenience of the drive to his workplace, the better schools offered by the suburbs, and the fact that he gets to have a yard.


Triumph of the City Share. Mar 27, Aaron Arnold rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, this book was brought to press too soon. These relationships are the same even when we take into account the education, experience, and industry of workers.

That industry crashed when the tsunami of globalization hit it, but NYC recovered within a decade or two and replaced manufacturing with financial services.

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And I don’t have his blithe faith in the free market. And when countries become more urban, they engage in more electronic communications. He explains how West Coast environmentalists have harmed the environment, and how struggling cities from Youngstown to New Orleans can “shrink to greatness.

Why is that a problem? What I found instead was a lazy, jumbled mass of stories, facts, anecdotes, and opinions bent to attribute all good things that have eve. And it continues to evolve steadily, adapting to the times.

The groups that met in person cooperated well and earned more money. He argues that government policy hindering vertical building in cities, such as zoning laws, along with subsidies to purchase a home, such as mortgage interest tax deduction, and other measures result in more people moving to the suburbs. The very first experiment in social psychology was conducted by a University of Indiana psychologist who was also an avid bicyclist.

As Edward Glaeser proves in this myth-shattering book, cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest in cultural and economic terms places to live. As you would expect from the title, the book is basically a eulogy to cities and an attempt to frame why the drive towards suburban living in America and el I don’t really know why reading this was such a complete and utter chore – in small doses it was quite interesting, but attempting to read it for any longer than a couple of pages resulted in my mind wandering off and subsequently having to re read the last paragraph again.

Many of Glaeser’s ideas and policy recommendations tend to be toward getting government out of the way but there’s also hints of government planning that makes me a bit cautious of his approach. Concrete has become synonymous with a destruction of nature and human intimacy, but that view is neither true nor productive to urban planning policy.

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And I also knew that it is much better for 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. Even more frustrating is the likelihood that either America’s mortgage interest tax deduction or Mexico’s gas subsidy will be repealed.

Put this down as a “To Borrow” rather than a “To Buy”. Benefits of My MI With a free MI account, you can follow specific scholars or subjects, search MI’s research archives and past articles, and receive customized news and updates from the Institute. Cities have a lower carbon footprint and they can be hubs of innovation. Glaeser is sickeningly smarmy, unduly unctuous, and atrociously adulatory. Edward Glaeser is an economist at Harvard and an important figure in pro-housing circles.

The result is fewer housing opportunities and higher living costs. The Indian dream is born in citiesUllekh N. The best parts are when the author begins to explore the role of serendipity and historical decisi This is a frustratingly uneven book, written by someone with many good, interesting ideas who has not learned to knit them into a book-length whole.

Once that admission makes it’s first appearance, the rest of the book reads as his attempt to rationalize his decision and punt it to urban policymakers to improve cities in order to make people like him willing to live in them again.

He pinpoints the single factor that most influences urban growth-January temperatures-and explains how certain chilly cities manage to defy that link. I already agreed with him that the density of cities is great and breeds connectivity, new ideas, and creativity.

I still think that there is perhaps an in-between strategy. He touts lack of zoning in Texas as a great thing, I guess he doesn’t have any children going to school next to a chemical plant. I’d give this one two thumbs down and a strong avoid recommendation. New Yorkers, for instance, live longer than other Americans. I’d like to see a good rebuttal of him, but I couldn’t think of any myself.

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