Triumph of the City

How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Автор(и) : Edward Glaeser

Издател : The Penguin Press

Място на издаване : New York, USA

Година на издаване : 2011

ISBN : 978-0-230-70938-6

Брой страници : 338

Език : английски


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A pioneering urban economist offers fascinating, even inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest invention and our best hope for the future.

America is an urban nation. More than two thirds of us live on the 3 percent of land that contains our cities. 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 myth-shattering book, cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. New Yorkers, for instance, live longer than other Americans; heart disease and cancer rates are lower in Gotham than in the nation as a whole. More than half of America's income is earned in twenty-two metropolitan areas. And city dwellers use, on average, 40 percent less energy than suburbanites.

Glaeser travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Even the worst cities-Kinshasa, Kolkata, Lagos- confer surprising benefits on the people who flock to them, including better health and more jobs than the rural areas that surround them. Glaeser visits Bangalore and Silicon Valley, whose strangely similar histories prove how essential education is to urban success and how new technology actually encourages people to gather together physically.

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Елена Маринова


The book is based on case studies (success stories and failures) of cities. It provides answer to the questions: what makes the successful cities successful; how to reinvent declining cities. And each story for a city the author tells gives the reader a broad insight about the heterogeneous forces that collide and make the city thrive or decline. The City is a fascinating human ideas amplifier: the more people the city attracts and hence more opportunities for interaction among the people, the more ideas people generate and the ideas are that make the city grow. The author also emphasizes the role of education (knowledge vs. space), transport infrastructure, rule of law, government regulation of housing market in attracting people.

Edward Glaeser is a Bloomberg View columnist. His recent post is about housing market's weakness and that eventual refinancing via government-backed mortgage could hardly provide a heal. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-30/refinancing-mortgages-won-t-fix-u-s-housing-commentary-by-edward-glaeser.html