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

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

Edward L. Glaeser

A pioneering city economist deals attention-grabbing, even inspiring evidence that town is humanity's maximum invention and our greatest wish for the long run.

the US is an city country. greater than thirds folks live to tell the tale the three percentage of land that includes our towns. but towns get a foul rap: they're soiled, negative, dangerous, crime ridden, dear, environmentally unfriendly... Or are they?

As Edward Glaeser proves during this myth-shattering e-book, towns are literally the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and monetary phrases) locations to dwell. New Yorkers, for example, outlast different americans; middle sickness and melanoma charges are reduce in Gotham than within the kingdom as an entire. greater than 1/2 America's source of revenue is earned in twenty-two metropolitan parts. and town dwellers use, on common, forty percentage much less power than suburbanites.

Glaeser travels via historical past and around the world to bare the hidden workings of towns and the way they create out the simplest in humankind. Even the worst cities-Kinshasa, Kolkata, Lagos- confer excellent merits at the those that flock to them, together with higher future health and extra jobs than the agricultural components that encompass them. Glaeser visits Bangalore and Silicon Valley, whose unusually comparable histories end up how crucial schooling is to city luck and the way new expertise truly encourages humans to assemble jointly bodily. He discovers why Detroit is death whereas different outdated commercial cities-Chicago, Boston, New York-thrive. He investigates why a brand new condo charges 350 percentage extra in l. a. than in Houston, even supposing development expenditures are just 25 percentage greater in L.A. He pinpoints the only issue that almost all impacts city growth-January temperatures-and explains how convinced cold towns be capable of defy that hyperlink. He explains how West Coast environmentalists have harmed the surroundings, and the way suffering towns from Youngstown to New Orleans can "shrink to greatness." And he exposes the damaging anti-urban political bias that's harming either towns and the whole state.

utilizing intrepid reportage, willing research, and eloquent argument, Glaeser makes an impassioned case for the city's import and beauty. He reminds us forcefully why we should always nurture our towns or undergo effects that might harm us all, regardless of the place we are living.

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