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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Glaeser travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Sign Up to Donate. I agree with his point about false reasoning when rebuilding structures is equally to recovering a city. These relationships are the same even when we take into account the education, experience, and industry of workers. Successful cities typically do build, because economic vitality makes people willing to pay for space fo builders are happy to accommodate.

Triumph of the City covers the entire range of pro-urban, pro-housing arguments, fleshing out citj usual points with historical perspectives, global comparisons, and lots of data points. 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. 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.

Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser

While Glaeser’s points about the downsides of centrally-directed growth are well-taken that Baron Hausmann had the backing of the Emperor for his revitalization of Paris was surely key to its success in the face of truimph massive number of people his works displacedI think it’s difficult to look at the fierce opposition to growth as embodied by Regional Growth For Northcross, to use a random Walmart-hating example from my hometown of Austin, and conclude that neighborhoods actually don’t have enough say in who sets up tue down the street.

Refresh and try again. Also good is the evolution of ‘burbs and the anti-city bias of early American authors like Thoreau and Jefferson. City life has many challenges like crime, poverty and disease but the author brilliantly illustrates that these citj can be overcome with the right public policies and political will. Dec 07, Andrew rated it thd was amazing Shelves: About the Book America is an urban nation. As industrialization decline, Manchester for example lost its main activity hence human capital comes in order for the city to stay relevant.


I really wish I had liked this book, which made my read of it all the more disappointing. Another set edwward groups had cjty minutes for electronic interaction. To rigorously test the value of human proximity, he got forty children to compete at spinning fishing reels to pull a cable.

They need to offer more. If Houston really is the city to which his remarks refer, they te — there is no other word for it — bizarre. 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.

While Glaeser did an excellent job explaining the factors that led to Detroit’s decline, I was disappointed with his lack of solid ideas into what could help the city rebound. However, this book was brought to press too soon. How glaeeser how difficult it is to get a foot on the property ladder in Manhattan due to the high prices? Unless we want our beautiful old cities to only be playgrounds for the rich, and want builders to go elsewhere and sprawl ov over the rest of the country As you would expect from the title, the book is basically a eulogy to cities and an attempt to frame why the drive towards suburban living in America and elsewhere is fundamentally flawed.

Jan 31, Pages. It’s not rocket science. Aug 27, John Seno rated it it was amazing.

I felt like arguing with all of them, even the ones I agreed with. They are less likely to commit suicide. So they leave and head for the big city.

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. Not rdward should have to live in dense cities. Why Cities RockFreakonomics Radio, I’ve long thought that things like funding and transportation planning should be done on 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.

A lot of challenging positions are asserted by Glaeser and he provides a lot of examples showing how var This proved to be an interesting book based on a somewhat controversial premise: It is glawser A for the kind of arrogant, paternalistic, contemptuous thinking frequently found in the stereotypes draped onto city dwellers.


Can’t argue with that. Without the printing press, Martin Luther wouldn’t have been able to spread the message of Protestantism.

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While industrial diversity, entrepreneurship, and education lead to innovation, the Detroit model led to urban decline. Concrete jungle, at a certain point is useless without human resources. With all that supply of structure and so little demand, it makes no sense to use public money to build more supply. 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.

He’s a Harvard economist who also writes for the New York Times’ Economix blog about urban issues, and this book is a synthesis of much of his recent work on cities.

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The average commuter spends more than two hours traveling from home to work and back. Nov 17, Vance rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 force them to delist buildings glaesrr would be better served by a wrecking ball.

Texas, which has never shown any commitment off social housing, leads the country in building inexpensive homes. But building is the result, not the cause, of success. Well financed public schools with clear incentives and paths toward upward mobility. I’ve got some quibbles with his comments on Silicon Valley, the only “city” mentioned that I have real experience with.

In one major chain, clerks with differing abilities are more or less randomly shuffled across shifts, which enabled two economists to look at the impact of productive peers. It is part urban history, part policy argument. Wait for his next when he has ironed out the kinks. He’s also critical of the SF Bay Area for conservation that has driven up the cost of housing.

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