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Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

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andquot;A persuasive look at why some U.S. cities have prospered in recent decades while others have declined.andquot;andmdash;Bloomberg Businessweek

Weandrsquo;re used to thinking of the United States in opposing terms: red versus blue, haves versus have-nots. But today there are three Americas. At one extreme are the brain hubsandmdash;cities like San Francisco, Boston, and Durhamandmdash;with workers who are among the most productive, creative, and best paid on the planet. At the other extreme are former manufacturing capitals, which are rapidly losing jobs and residents. The rest of America could go either way. For the past thirty years, the three Americas have been growing apart at an accelerating rate. This divergence is one the most important developments in the history of the United States and is reshaping the very fabric of our society, affecting all aspects of our lives, from health and education to family stability and political engagement. But the winners and losers arenandrsquo;t necessarily who youandrsquo;d expect.

Enrico Morettiandrsquo;s groundbreaking research shows that you donandrsquo;t have to be a scientist or an engineer to thrive in one of the brain hubs. Carpenters, taxi-drivers, teachers, nurses, and other local service jobs are created at a ratio of five-to-one in the brain hubs, raising salaries and standard of living for all. Dealing with this splitandmdash;supporting growth in the hubs while arresting the decline elsewhereandmdash;is the challenge of the century, and The New Geography of Jobs lights the way.

andquot;Moretti has written a clear and insightful account of the economic forces that are shaping America and its regions, and he rightly celebrates human capital and innovation as the fundamental sources of economic development.andquot;andmdash;Jonathan Rothwell, The Brookings Institution

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An economist at Berkeley looks at the major shifts taking place in the U.S. economy and reveals the surprising winners and losersand#8212;specifically, which kinds of jobs will drive economic growth and where theyand#8217;ll be locatedand#8212;while exploring how communities can transform themselves into dynamic innovation hubs.

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A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities.

America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.

About the Author

Edward Glaeser, one of the country's leading urban economists, is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He lives in Weston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introductionand#8195;1

and#160;1.and#160;American Rustand#8195;19

and#160;2.and#160;Smart Labor: Microchips, Movies, and Multipliersand#8195;45

and#160;3.and#160;The Great Divergenceand#8195;73

and#160;4.and#160;Forces of Attractionand#8195;121

and#160;5.and#160;The Inequality of Mobility and Cost of Livingand#8195;154

and#160;6.and#160;Poverty Traps and Sexy Citiesand#8195;178

and#160;7.and#160;The New and#8220;Human Capital Centuryand#8221;and#8195;215

Acknowledgmentsand#8195;251

Notesand#8195;253

Referencesand#8195;269

Indexand#8195;279

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143120544
Author:
Glaeser, Edward
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Moretti, Enrico
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Careers
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15-20 maps, charts
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.61 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , An economist at Berkeley looks at the major shifts taking place in the U.S. economy and reveals the surprising winners and losersand#8212;specifically, which kinds of jobs will drive economic growth and where theyand#8217;ll be locatedand#8212;while exploring how communities can transform themselves into dynamic innovation hubs.
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A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities.

America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.

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