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

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-31
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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.

Author Biography

Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He studies the economics of cities, housing, segregation, obesity, crime, innovation and other subjects, and writes about many of these issues for Economix. He serves as the director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He is also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Urban Speciesp. 1
What Do They Make in Bangalore?p. 17
Ports of Intellectual Entry: Athensp. 19
Baghdad's House of Wisdomp. 21
Learning in Nagasakip. 23
How Bangalore Became a Boom Townp. 24
Education and Urban Successp. 27
The Rise of Silicon Valleyp. 29
The Cities of Tomorrowp. 34
Why Do Cities Decline?p. 41
How the Rust Belt Rosep. 43
Detroit Before Carsp. 46
Henry Ford and Industrial Detroitp. 49
Why Riot?p. 52
Urban Reinvention: New York Since 1970p. 56
The Righteous Rage of Coleman Youngp. 58
The Curley Effectp. 60
The Edifice Complexp. 61
Remaining in the Rust Beltp. 63
Shrinking to Greatnessp. 64
What's Good About Slums?p. 69
Rio's Favelasp. 72
Moving On Upp. 76
Richard Wright's Urban Exodusp. 79
Rise and Fall of the American Ghettop. 81
The Inner Cityp. 85
How Policy Magnifies Povertyp. 86
How Were the Tenements Tamed?p. 93
The Plight of Kinshasap. 95
Healing Sick Citiesp. 97
Street Cleaning and Corruptionp. 101
More Roads, Less Traffic?p. 104
Making Cities Saferp. 106
Health Benefitsp. 114
Is London a Luxury Resort?p. 117
Scale Economies and the Globe Theatrep. 119
The Division of Labor and Lamb Vindaloop. 122
Shoes and the Cityp. 126
London as Marriage Marketp. 127
When Are High Wages Bad?p. 129
What's So Great About Skyscrapers?p. 135
Inventing the Skyscraperp. 136
The Soaring Ambition of A. E. Lefcourtp. 140
Regulating New Yorkp. 142
Fear of Heightsp. 144
The Perils of Preservationp. 148
Rethinking Parisp. 152
Mismanagement in Mumbaip. 157
Three Simple Rulesp. 161
Why Has Sprawl Spread?p. 165
Sprawl Before Carsp. 167
William Levitt and Mass-Produced Housingp. 174
Rebuilding America Around the Carp. 177
Welcome to The Woodlandsp. 180
Accounting for Tastes: Why a Million People Moved to Houstonp. 183
Why Is Housing So Cheap in the Sunbelt?p. 188
What's Wrong with Sprawl?p. 193
Is There Anything Greener Than Blacktop?p. 199
The Dream of Garden Livingp. 202
Dirty Footprints: Comparing Carbon Emissionsp. 206
The Unintended Consequences of Environmentalismp. 210
Two Green Visions: The Prince and the Mayorp. 213
The Biggest Battle: Greening India and Chinap. 217
Seeking Smarter Environmentalismp. 220
How Do Cities Succeed?p. 223
The Imperial City: Tokyop. 224
The Well-Managed City: Singapore and Gaboronep. 227
The Smart City: Boston, Minneapolis, and Milanp. 231
The Consumer City: Vancouverp. 238
The Growing City: Chicago and Atlantap. 241
Too Much of a Good Thing in Dubaip. 244
CONCLUSION: Flat World, Tall Cityp. 247
Give Cities a Level Playing Fieldp. 249
Urbanization Through Globalizationp. 251
Lend a Hand to Human Capitalp. 253
Help Poor People, Not Poor Placesp. 255
The Challenge of Urban Povertyp. 257
The Rise of the Consumer Cityp. 259
The Curse of NIMBYismp. 260
The Bias Toward Sprawlp. 264
Green Citiesp. 276
Gifts of the Cityp. 268
Acknowledgmentsp. 271
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 325
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