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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Truimph of The City

Today our world is focusing on making it a greener planet. More environmentally friendly and protecting our resources while in the midst of the one of the worst economic failures.

So how does one make our world a better place? Everyone has their own practical solution but did you ever look around at your current city and the cities around the world and ask yourself how are they moving forward while others are growing more and more vacant and abandoned?

Believe it or not, cities are more greener for our environment than any other place. They use less resources and have lower pollution levels than suburban areas, but why?

In the city, everything is close. Building offer dual purposes with lower, street levels offering all kinds of store fronts, restaurants and services people need to live, while higher up are where people are learning to live with less space. Less things to keep and less areas to keep clean and maintain. Not only that the more dense the city is, the more people will walk, bike and take public transportation than anywhere else. There is no need for cars, thus pollution in cities like New York are considerably less than Los Angeles.

Now in cities like Detroit where the three major car manufacturers keep the heartbeat alive, with nothing coming out of the factory like before and everything going automated, people are out of jobs. No skills to help them move forward they are leaving in droves to places where work is plentiful and thus creating a huge place where nothing is existing anymore. Buildings are sitting vacant, lots are falling into ruin and rather than build them up because there aren't resources available to keep people here, the city has no choice but to bull doze them down to make green space available.

So what can we do to bring the heartbeats back to cities all over the world? Check out the book, Truimph of the City by Edward Glaeser and find out. I was so impressed by all his research into what makes cities work over any where else and why some fail never to come back despite all the attempts to revive them. This is a great read and really makes you think about where we are headed and what we can do to ensure our own cities survival for the future.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and have to say 5 stars for this one. This one really educated me on some things I never considered and will keep on my own list when making my next move anywhere to live. This book is available in hardcover and eBook formats.

For more information on this book, the author and where to pick up a copy of this amazing book, please click on the link below:


  1. I do love living in the city at times. I don't own a car and I get a lot of exercise just walking!

  2. This sounds interesting, except I work in New York and there are LOTS of cars. LOTS and LOTS and LOTS. The air reeks of exhaust (and people's secondhand smoke). I'd take the suburbs any day. :)

  3. So interesting! I just heard about a town that has literally died. It got to the point where whoever was left had to leave because no one was there. Such an interesting topic for our times.

    Glad you liked the book! Thanks for being on the tour!

  4. This seems like it would be an enjoyable read. I bet it would make a good mivie, too.
    Mike Draper


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