Triumph Of The City Summary

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Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of The City: How Our Greatest Invention
Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, is a very educated man. He is an Economics Professor at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Glaeser studies housing, economics of cities, segregation, obesity, crime, innovation, and several other subjects. He is a columnist for Bloomberg View, and writes about his studies. Glaeser’s theme in this book closely follows the subtitle, “How our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier.” With his unique outlook on the relationships between city succession and people, it makes it easy to believe that every city has a positive future.
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This book explains how a city is not just buildings, but also people. People are what really makes a city, and there are certain attributes about a city that make it attractive to people. When a city is attractive, some examples being affordable housing, plenty of job opportunities, and a growing economy, then it is more likely to succeed. In Urban Geography, we cover why people do what they do in terms of moving, settling, and building. Another topic covered in the book that overlaps with the class content, is the supply and demand of cities. When people settle in a city, they bring potential growth for the city with them. As the population grows, more skilled people are brought together to create a city. This often creates demand for housing and other demands. Depending on the size, location and status of the city, some supply will come from local, whereas other is shipped globally in order to be the most cost …show more content…
Many people will continue to live in the suburbs or rural areas based on what fits their lifestyle most. I can personally relate to larger, denser, urban areas being more productive, but it is mainly for the reason of population. With larger population comes more amenities and opportunities. Coming from a very rural area, I can vouch that there are many hard-working people with high productivity, but there are less opportunities for these people to express or share their

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