Reader’s Recommendations

Just wrapped up Triumph Of The City by Edward Glaeser. As the title reads,  he provides a great perspective of, “How our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier.”

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!)


3 thoughts on “Reader’s Recommendations

  1. Thanks for the review. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and am now inspired to get into it. Would you mind if I reblogged this article on the with full credit to Reader Area Development of course!

  2. Reblogged this on The Planning Issue and commented:
    Another book to add to the City Builders Book Club list! A great review from Reader Area Development and interesting the quote they have highlighted as their favourite, given the soon to be introduced Carbon Tax in Australia.

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