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 is part urban history, part policy argument.

In other words, the cards are stacked against cities; most governments incentivize suburbanization. Want to Read saving….

Your current web browser is outdated. The groups that met in person cooperated well and earned more money. He pinpoints the single factor that most influences urban growth—January temperatures—and explains how certain chilly cities manage to defy that link. It is the intellectual heart of the nation.

Triumph of the City Quotes by Edward L. Glaeser

As such this took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to finish. Glaeser, Triumph of the City: No wonder the country’s productivity is so low. What would the world look like today? In the United States and Europe, industrialization rarely encouraged education.

Triumph of the City

And I don’t have his blithe faith in the free market. In Paris, where the heights of buildings have trriumph limited to about five stories since Baron Haussmann tore down gleaser of the city in the nineteenth century only to rebuild it more elegantly, real estate supply has been so restricted that only the rich triymph afford to live in the central city — the poor are confined to the outer suburbs, filled with high-rises.


Amusing, how similar sounds to the climate change deniers and heartening, because perhaps they too will see it someday. Glaeser takes the reader on a journey through the history of how social connections support prosperity, which is an excellent avenue to learning economics.

America is an urban nation. Texas, which has never shown any commitment to social housing, leads the country in building inexpensive homes. My only point of disapproval, is that Gleaser doesn’t give enough emphasis on how large dense cities have been affecting groundwater supply.

I felt like arguing with all of them, even the ones I agreed with. Not every city will succeed, edsard not every city has been adept at adapting to the age of information, in which ideas are the ultimate creator of wealth. Another set of groups had thirty minutes for electronic interaction.

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. Traditionally the city has been a place to make ideas, not automobiles This is not a Jane Jacobs acolyte book about urban design or about how density and walkability make us more virtuous, but an out of the edwarc urban economics study; part Richard Florida with more substancepart Malcolm Gladwell with just as much trivia but fewer syllogisms.

His background as a published academic used to writing more focused work makes sense, given that the book reads so disjointedly. The argument is t One of those books that I read to mostly in order to recommend it to others. This is a triumpy defense of cities, and the benefits they can offer. China also used more concrete over three years than the United States used throughout the entirety of the twentieth century 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.


Triumph of the City Quotes Showing of Read this book if you want to feel that you made the right choice about living in a city rather than retreating to that cabin in the mountains as you always fantasized.

Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and other metropolitan areas that place few obstacles to housing construction have expanded dramatically, while New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, etc. These were outweighed by the number of times the book had me thinking about issues and solutions I hadn’t even considered before. At points, he even came up with his own clever terms for obvious observations. Stay in Touch Sign up.

Triumph of the City Quotes

It presented a whole bunch of opinions, stated as fact, with very little to back them up. In defense of development he states “Chicago has allowed plenty of building along its long, beautiful lakefront, while New York has decided to “preserve” almost all of the best blocks cify Central Park”. Jan 01, Courtney rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ergo, credit cities for the invention of the printing press. At the turn of the 20th century, thanks to the invention of the Otis safety elevatorit seemed that the skyscraper would triumpj in a century of dense, urban living.