Ed Glaeser: Why Cities Rock

Another excellent Freakonomics Radio podcast [MP3]. I’m looking forward to reading Glaeser’s new book Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. From the blog:

When Edward Glaeser looks at a map, he sees something different than many people. Glaeser’s world is one in which cities are the engines that drive the world. Wide-open spaces are nice, but when people live atop one another, they exchange ideas, create wealth, and live longer and happier lives as well. Glaeser is an economist at Harvard and, while his work celebrates the success of city life, it also questions why we have so many incentives opposed to it — tax breaks that encourage people to buy single-family homes in the suburbs, subsidies for roads and high-speed rail that help create sprawl. We spoke to Glaeser about his new book, “Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.” In this podcast, he tells the story of how the young naturalist Henry David Thoreau inadvertently destroyed a big patch of nature, and why Glaeser believes that blacktop is greener than grass.

[From Why Cities Rock]

Is “to Kindle” in the vocabulary yet?