Triumph of the City

Triumph of the City

How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Audiobook CD - 2011
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A pioneering urban economist offers fascinating, even inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest invention and our best hope for the future.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, 2011
Edition: Retail ed. Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452601694
Branch Call Number: 307.76 GLAESER
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13.50 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: James, Lloyd
Tantor Media


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Mar 16, 2012

I live somewhat in the suburbs and about 5-10min from the heart of downtown by car. I doubt I would ever want to live in a big city of the kind Glaeser describes, but this book is the most convincing argument for the metropolis I've ever read. Even the hugely controversial carbon tax he argues for is reasonably explained. I still don't agree with it, but I understand better why the debate is valid.

The book's best message, that the core of cities are its people and not its buildings, changed my viewpoint substantially. And that helped me see another of his points, that the urban poor in cities are better off there than anywhere else. It's necessary to understand this because so much of our judgments against cities are judgments against the poor living there.

The only reality that Glaeser doesn't address well enough is that most people don't want to live in cities if given a choice. The smaller community, the suburb, seems to be preference for the majority - damn all the consequences of commuting and higher gas prices.


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