According to Edward Glaeser, cities are the greatest invention of this species. His new book Triumph of the City elaborates on the success of the world’s cities and how “cities magnify humanity’s strengths.” His book has been appearing in reviews from the New York Times, The Economist, an NPR Interview and Glaeser is even featured on tonight’s Daily Show.
Triumph of the City examines urban economics across the world in cities such as Athens, London, Tokyo, Bangalore, Kinshasa, Houston, Boston, Singapore and Vancouver. As cities grow and change greater density is clearly the goal for Glaeser. However those focused on international development may be a little startled to read that even in considering greater density in the low income cities,
Glaeser is unfazed by threats of overwhelmed sanitation systems, unsafe housing or impossible congestion. These, he suggests, are problems more readily solved than the environmental consequences of sprawling suburban life. (Read more in the New York Times)
Despite his perspectives on issues in the developing world, I am excited to add Glaseser’s new book to my Spring Break reading list. Until Spring Break though, I will try to find some time to read this excerpt on Google Books of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier.