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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It turns out that the productivity of average clerks rises substantially when there is a star clerk working on their shift, and those same average clerks get worse when their shift is filled with below-average clerks. They make more money. There’s a fascinating breakdown of The Woodlands, a master-planned community a few miles northwest of Houston.

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And the talk about letting developers have their way in wdward city, Glaeser never seems to pick a side – he repeatedly states that too many restrictions on development in the city is bad but does also write that a city should be well-planned. Strengthening the property rights of land owners triujph probably a safer bet for cities that want growth, and this means all land owners – individual homeowners and shopping mall builders alike.

Its population is a small fraction of what it was inand large sections of it are nearly deserted. At least half of the billion USD spent on infrastructure could have gone into housing and school vouchers. I highly recommend it if public policy, cities, or the future of humanity interest you. T Sometime around od, the world’s population passed a great milestone: More than two thirds of us live on the 3 percent of land that contains our cities.


It is easy to understand why cities would have richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier citizens than rural areas – this could edwarrd been summed up in an essay. Dec 02, UChicagoLaw added it Shelves: In defense of development he states “Chicago has allowed plenty of building along its long, beautiful lakefront, while New York has decided to glaeeer almost all of the best blocks facing Central Park”.

The best parts are when the author begins to explore the role of serendipity and historical decisi This is a triumpj uneven book, written by someone with many good, interesting ideas who has not learned to knit them into a book-length whole. 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.

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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 I even like cities! And don’t impede business with excessive bureaucratic obstacles, especially the small businesses that keep the economy vibrant, adaptable and growing.

It’s if they could they fit each having a small yard. Also good is the evolution of ‘burbs and the anti-city bias of early American authors like Thoreau and Jefferson. Lists with This Book. Now this is a book with a lot of factoids and a series of ideas that gets one thinking.

This finding resonates well with many other experiments, which have shown that face-to-face contact leads to more trust, generosity, and cooperation than any other sort of interaction. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. 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.


For example, environmentalists fight for and praise restrictions that support preservation, reduce density and preserve public lands.

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The argument is this: And it continues to evolve steadily, adapting to the times. Apr 13, Gordon rated it it was amazing.

I really wish I had liked this book, which made my read of it all the more disappointing. He received his Ph.

Even the worst cities—Kinshasa, Kolkata, Lagos—confer surprising benefits on the people who flock to them, glawser better health and more jobs than the rural areas that surround them. Cities have been and will continue to be the engine of growth.

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. This last part should have been half the book, because the reader is left feeling like the author really could solve some of these problems, if only he would go into more detail on something he has thought so deeply about. China also used more concrete over three years than the United States used throughout the entirety of the twentieth century Keep the streets clean and above all, safe.

Also, people could want the flexibility of renting, especially in jobs that transfer employees often. Glaeser is such a pleasure to read, and so informative too.

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