Triumph of the City How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

ISBN-10: 0143120549
ISBN-13: 9780143120544
Edition: 2012
Authors: Edward Glaeser
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Description: 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: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.

Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a research associate and director of the Urban Economics Working Group at the NBER.

Introduction: Our Urban Species
What Do They Make in Bangalore?
Ports of Intellectual Entry: Athens
Baghdad's House of Wisdom
Learning in Nagasaki
How Bangalore Became a Boom Town
Education and Urban Success
The Rise of Silicon Valley
The Cities of Tomorrow
Why Do Cities Decline?
How the Rust Belt Rose
Detroit Before Cars
Henry Ford and Industrial Detroit
Why Riot?
Urban Reinvention: New York Since 1970
The Righteous Rage of Coleman Young
The Curley Effect
The Edifice Complex
Remaining in the Rust Belt
Shrinking to Greatness
What's Good About Slums?
Rio's Favelas
Moving On Up
Richard Wright's Urban Exodus
Rise and Fall of the American Ghetto
The Inner City
How Policy Magnifies Poverty
How Were the Tenements Tamed?
The Plight of Kinshasa
Healing Sick Cities
Street Cleaning and Corruption
More Roads, Less Traffic?
Making Cities Safer
Health Benefits
Is London a Luxury Resort?
Scale Economies and the Globe Theatre
The Division of Labor and Lamb Vindaloo
Shoes and the City
London as Marriage Market
When Are High Wages Bad?
What's So Great About Skyscrapers?
Inventing the Skyscraper
The Soaring Ambition of A. E. Lefcourt
Regulating New York
Fear of Heights
The Perils of Preservation
Rethinking Paris
Mismanagement in Mumbai
Three Simple Rules
Why Has Sprawl Spread?
Sprawl Before Cars
William Levitt and Mass-Produced Housing
Rebuilding America Around the Car
Welcome to The Woodlands
Accounting for Tastes: Why a Million People Moved to Houston
Why Is Housing So Cheap in the Sunbelt?
What's Wrong with Sprawl?
Is There Anything Greener Than Blacktop?
The Dream of Garden Living
Dirty Footprints: Comparing Carbon Emissions
The Unintended Consequences of Environmentalism
Two Green Visions: The Prince and the Mayor
The Biggest Battle: Greening India and China
Seeking Smarter Environmentalism
How Do Cities Succeed?
The Imperial City: Tokyo
The Well-Managed City: Singapore and Gaborone
The Smart City: Boston, Minneapolis, and Milan
The Consumer City: Vancouver
The Growing City: Chicago and Atlanta
Too Much of a Good Thing in Dubai
CONCLUSION: Flat World, Tall City
Give Cities a Level Playing Field
Urbanization Through Globalization
Lend a Hand to Human Capital
Help Poor People, Not Poor Places
The Challenge of Urban Poverty
The Rise of the Consumer City
The Curse of NIMBYism
The Bias Toward Sprawl
Green Cities
Gifts of the City
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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