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Triumph of the city : how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier

Author: Edward L Glaeser
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
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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.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward L Glaeser
ISBN: 9781594202773 159420277X 9781594202773 9780143120544 0143120549
OCLC Number: 650211168
Description: 338 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Our urban species --
What do they make in Bangalore? --
Why do cities decline? --
What's good about slums? --
How were the tenements tamed? --
Is London a luxury resort? --
What's so great about skyscrapers? --
Why has sprawl spread? --
Is there anything greener than blacktop? --
How do cities succeed? --
Flat world, tall city. 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 ; Arthur 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 --
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.
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