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Urban economist and Harvard professor Edward Glaeser discusses his new book, emTriumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happierem. Cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive, environmentally unfriendly... Or are they? As Glaeser shows in emTriumph of the Cityem, cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. Glaeser travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Even the worst cities—Kinshasa, Kolkata, Lagos—confer surprising benefits on the people who flock to them, including better health and more jobs than the rural areas that surround them. Glaeser visits Bangalore and Silicon Valley, whose strangely similar histories prove how essential education is to urban success and how new technology actually encourages people to gather together physically.moreless
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