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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The only way to provide cheap housing on a mass scale is to unleash the developers. City life has many challenges like crime, poverty and disease but the author brilliantly illustrates that these challenges can be overcome with the right public policies and political will.

Return to Book Page. Then William Levitt’s perfection of mass-produced suburbia combined with the GI Bill led to a perfect recipe that ensured that the 20th century would belong to cars, suburban cookie-cutter homes, smog, traffic, and parking lots everywhere you look. Yet cities get a bad rap: Modern statistical evidence finds that young professionals today work longer hours if they live in a metropolitan area with plenty of competitors in their own occupational niche.

Glaeser is sickeningly smarmy, unduly unctuous, and atrociously adulatory.

Yet cities get a bad rap: Jan 13, Kyle Ryan rated it did not like it. Dec 22, Marks54 rated it really liked it. Contrast this with what happened when Detroit was faced with a similar crisis due to the decline of its own mature manufacturing sector: Lists with This Book. As part of his analysis Glaeser argues for policies that favor market-based development and high levels of education. Media Inquiries Communications Manhattan Institute communications manhattan-institute.

If China and India follow our car-centered, suburban path, there’s no way the planet will hold up. Supermarket checkouts provide a particularly striking example of the power of proximity. Trivia About Triumph of the Ci I guess the kindest construction that could be put onto them, is that they have been adduc I have lived in several cities; I lived in Houston for thirty years.

This would be a good book to read with a friend or two, to discuss the ideas and to compare notes on experiences with different cities. Contact Send a question or comment using the form below.

Close Nav Search Close Search search. I should say that this book has come closer than anything else I’ve ever read to making me really optimistic for the future. But for those of us who do, we shouldn’t be punished by policies that favor the suburbs.


Investing in human capital school, university, forums should be one of the solution considering for a place to survive throughout the time.

Keep the streets clean and above all, safe.

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Certainly mistaken policies are responsible for harmful suburbanization at the expense of productivity and environmental conservation, but even if those policies are reversed, will we see more urbanization and less suburbanization?

This message may be routed through support staff. Are you going to take them to their private schools on the back of your bicycle? Building new road itself is a paradox solution- it’s like we’re promoting car commutes instead of public transport.

The book is sprinkled with interesting bits of history, like the one about Henry David Thoreau having started a massive forest fire in the Concord forest, a fire that he never repented, at least not publicly. Also good is the evolution of The themes of the book are interesting, cities are the greenest living spaces and are intellectually productive. 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.

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Luckily I did better with the rest of the book, where the arguments are arranged logi I’m having some trouble with capturing my reaction to this book. It is part urban history, part policy argument. Second, cap the number of undemolishable landmarks the city can have. Glaeser is such a pleasure to read, and so informative too.

If adding a bar to a residential neighborhood imposes hidden costs on that neighborhood, then simply set a price on those costs and charge the bar owner up front, rather than going through a tortuously slow approval process. It is immensely productive — a few blocks of mid-town Manhattan contributes as much to the nation’s GDP as entire mid-sized states such as Oregon.

Of course, that wasn’t what the book was about, so I can’t 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. Not to find one’s way around a city does not mean much.

They make more money. As environmentalists, we need to think about the good of the whole, not just the good of our neighborhood. 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 glweser a couple of pages resulted in my mind wandering off and subsequently having to re read the last paragraph again. But cities can be made even better, he says. For example, I’m for getting rid of the mortgage interest tax deduction and zoning laws, but mass transit is often not beneficial and just because vertical building happens doesn’t necessarily mean there will be less traffic congestion.


Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser

In all cases, the kids were supposed to go as fast as they could, but most of them, especially the slower ones, were much quicker when they were paired with another child. An interesting example is that of Vancouver, that happens to have both tall buildings and large open spaces. He thinks glasser crazy that housing is cheap in Houston and places like it, so they grow even though energy costs are higher in climates like Houston or Phoenix or Atlanta–while energy costs are much lower thd places like the Bay Area, but housing is expensive, largely, he argues, due to public policy and growth limits.

Published February 10th by Penguin Press first published 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: He studies the economics of cities, housing, segregation, obesity, crime, innovation, and other subjects, and writes about many of these issues for The New York Times blog, Economix.

Policies like the disastrous mortgage interest tax deductionwhich encourages urban residents who rent apartments in productive city centers to move to cheap suburban communities to buy cookie-cutter McMansions that dramatically increase the economic and environmental cost of delivering public services and transportation.

Another set of groups had thirty minutes for electronic interaction. There are some very fascinating anecdotes presented along the way e. Have you seen truimph blocks of abandoned homes? The average commuter spends more than two hours traveling from home to work and back.