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Makes many good arguments in favor of attracting people back to the cities. I like his idea of density creating an environment for collaboration, like in Paris or Florence. Chicago has come a long way to create this kind of atmosphere, but like many large cities, fails to incentivize people to stay. (If you want to make Chicago truly Parisian, you have to make it affordable for artists to have studios. Wicker Park in Chicago used to have this kind of vibe, but since people are attracted to the idea of living in a boho community, the artists always get pushed out, and sometimes back in with parents in the suburbs...) 

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Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser revels in cities. He loves the historical, cultural and economic forces that intersect to create cities, he loves what makes them fail or succeed, and he loves the collaborative exchange of ideas and energy that only cities offer. His wide-ranging, storytelling approach provides illustrative tales and resonant factoids, all in support of his main contention: Cities are healthier for people, economies and the environment than any other mode of living. Glaeser makes a strong, entertaining case as he travels around the world and through time. His episodic, anecdotal style both obscures and reveals his work’s intent. The evocative history he unearths makes his theoretical points with more force than his attempts to plainly state his concepts. In fact, his conjectured solutions to urban problems read as academic, and he offers no practical plans to translate them into action. But those are smaller issues within an amusing read. getAbstract recommends his welcome distillation of current thinking about cities to those who live in one, who might be considering living in one or who swear they never would.
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