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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He received his Ph. Why America needs to love its cities moreSarah Goodyear, Grist Send a question or comment using the form below.
Another set of groups had thirty minutes for electronic interaction. I believe the book could’ve been shrunk by half and it would’ve been better and more brilliant. 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.
Refresh and try again. Vouchers of course are the real answer. I still think that there is perhaps an in-between strategy. Setting a reasonable cap would allow cities to add new buildings as appreciation for their merits grows remember that even the Eiffel Tower was hated at firstand also edwarx them to delist buildings which would be better served by a wrecking ball.
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Some are provocative, others just eccentric. Dec 16, Maite Alcaraz rated it it was ok. These were outweighed by the number of times the book had me thinking about issues and solutions I hadn’t even considered before.
The first part of the book is dedicated to enumerating the many economic advantages that urban areas provide over non-urban areas, especially in their role as innovation incubators. At points, he even came up with his own clever terms for obvious observations.
There were still some conclusions that I did not feel were supported by the facts given, and some where I could see the argument being made but still didn’t agree. Dec 03, Mehrsa rated it really liked it. That industry crashed when the tsunami of globalization hit it, but NYC recovered within a decade or two and replaced manufacturing with financial services.
No, you’re going to move to the suburbs and you’re xity to wait in traffic, og you’re going to complain just like all the others. Detroit relied on three giant vertically integrated behemoths with a relatively low-skilled workforce, and tolerated a poor educational system. At least half of the billion USD spent on infrastructure could have gone into housing and school vouchers.
It hurts the poor much more than people with enough money. New Yorkers, for instance, live longer than other Americans. It’s frustrating to read this history and think what if … what if, the skyscraper had won and the car and suburb had lost?
In particular, cities allow for more human interaction such that ideas can be exchanged at a lower transaction cost. Triumph of the City: Benefits of My MI With a free MI account, you can follow specific scholars or subjects, search MI’s research archives and past oc, and receive customized news and updates from the Institute.
Telephone calls are disproportionately made among people who are geographically close, presumably because face-to-face relationships increase the og for talking over the phone. Edward Glaeser was preaching to the choir – I love cities! Overall, the content and presentation were very interesting, but I don’t necessarily agree with his conclusions.
Why the difference between NYC and Detroit? I’ve long thought that things like funding and transportation planning should be done sdward a metro-level basis, because that seems like a more appropriate unit of urban policy than the state or city limit-level mechanisms in place now.
But I used to be a big fan of preserving all old buildings and not allowing high rises. First, replace permitting with simple fees based on easy criteria.
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Public transportation that is as inviting as cuty luxury automobile like many European cities. 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. Of course, that wasn’t what the book was about, so I ctiy really fault him for not going into it, but that’s why I’m still not certain that we’ve really broken out of the Malthusian cycle, rather than just pausing it for a couple centuries.
It is when we resist the natural logic of the city — for example, deward using zoning laws to prevent high density development — that we thwart the benefits we would otherwise gain. Apr 08, Terry rated it really liked it.
If Houston really is the city to which his remarks refer, they sound — there is triunph other word for it — bizarre. America is an urban nation. Add a topic or expert to your feed.