Edward Glaeser

Do Mayors Matter?

New York has been fighting with the problems that come with density for close to four hundred years. Urban renewal and John Lindsay’s local welfare st

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The Urban Miracle

A City So Grand weaves together five major stories: abolitionism and the Civil War, the rise of intra and inter-urban rail, the Back Bay, the telephon

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As befits a scholar of human knowledge, Joel Mokyr's overarching thesis is about the power of ideas. His grand idea is that the practical, avaricious

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Why Cities Matter

Dominic Pacyga’s book is a biography of a great and comparatively young city. It provides a comprehensive overview of Chicago’s meteoric growth in th

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What A City Needs

Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City By Anthony Flint (Random House, 256 pp., $27)   For urbanists and others, the battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs was the great titanic struggle of the twentieth century. Like the bout between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, their conflict has magnified significance, as the two figures have become symbols. Jacobs is the secular saint of street life, representing a humane approach to urban planning grounded in the messy interactions of the neighborhood.

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