It becomes redundant to hear the same argument of sprawl bad, cars bad, and so on, but this really shines a light on why cities really are the strength of humanity. I’ll admit, sometimes I didn’t like the things I read, but that’s only because of my own stubbornness to want to hear things the way I want. However, after reading it cover to cover, it truly is a fantastic book.
It was in the 2012 Planetizen top books and I see why. It’s not taken from a snooty, city dweller perspective, rather, he lives in the suburbs, made the conscious decision to do so, and states why. He grew up in New York City, as must be a prerequisite for these readings it seems, but dives into his many city experiences from around the globe. He argues that for a city to survive it must grow its human capital, and that the easiest place to do so is in the city. One of my favorite quotes is:
Unless we charge people for the carbon they emit, they won’t emit less.
There are actually too many quotable’s, and so it would just be easier for you read it – I recommend it. You can buy it here -> Triumph Of The City (I should get a commission for that!)