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Publisher's Summary

After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and tower dwelling improvements on the car dependence of sprawl?
Award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world's most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a "sexy" lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris' urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have transformed their lives by hacking the designs of their streets and neighborhoods. Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery's own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities.
©2013 Charles Montgomery (P)2015 Tantor
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"The book will likely make you a believer." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Eniw Trop on 07-26-18

comprehensive look at creating a better future

this is an excellent book filled with great stories. the European accents are not good but easy to ignore. gives you something to be optimistic about. I'm trained in architecture so this recapped some of what i learned in school but it gives more examples that i wasn't aware of and has a lot from the recent past and a variety of locations. recommend this for anyone.

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3 out of 5 stars
By GoingGoingGone... on 06-11-18

Introduction 101

Good introduction designed to fire up activists but in this respect it’s a blunt tool that can’t give a deep enough understanding to enable a determination of which strategies work where and how to maintain them. If you have any kind of urban design experience on a university level during the last four decades, you won’t find a lot new here.

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