Edward Glaeser's Triumph Of The City

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Triumph of the City: Book Report
The future is not Orange County. The future is not West Bloomfield, Michigan. The future is not Rye, New York. The future is Detroit. As preposterous as that statement might seem, it is one Edward Glaeser and I, both believe to be true. While suburbs are always going to be a part of the American and international lifestyle, in my opinion, they will never be the focal part of our future. Cities, on the other hand, have always been a fixture and will always be a fixture. That is a point that is hammered down in Edward Glaeser’s book Triumph of the City. Glaeser makes a number of claims in his book mainly revolving around urbanization and while I do not agree with all of his points, I strongly side with a high
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Having been born and raised near Detroit, I was able to call upon personal knowledge about the city. Detroit is a city with a rich history, Glaeser talks about Detroit’s role in the water trade during the 19th century. The city played a big part in the transport of goods along the erie canal and the great lakes. With that role came an economic boom in which Detroit emerged as a major city in the mid west. However, as time progressed, Detroit shifted over from being a range of industries into a leader of one. By the 20th and 21st century, Detroit became the automotive capital of the world with the “Big Three” calling it home. Due to a huge amount of automotive production taking place in Detroit, a large number of the working force were responsible for that production. Out of my four uncles that lived in Michigan, three were somehow involved in the automotive industry including my dad as well. Once the companies started experiencing trouble so did the city. Workers started getting laid off and eventually the city declared bankruptcy. The point Glaeser made with this example was that a city’s most important resource is the people rather than the buildings and companies. If Detroit continued to educate its workers in a variety of industries then one of them failing would not have been so …show more content…
While I never thought of this, the economist in me sees why. When anything is free it will be overused—tragedy of the commons. So when highways and freeways can be used for free, it is “impossible to satiate the demand” (Page 103). While he does not offer a solution, he believes the government should take care of the “urban basics.” Living in Los Angeles, I know first-hand how the traffic is inefficient, however, I also know that my quality of life has improved. The culture in the suburbs is nothing compared to the culture in a city. Museums, restaurants and stadiums are too expensive for suburban life, but when you can spread the cost across the dense population of a city, it becomes much more affordable. Glaeser calls this a “consumer city” and believes the quality of life is much

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