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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 Jkcpops on 01-18-18

great book

I love how or brought a lot of different ideas and issues together and solved them all with one idea. Enjoyed the read....I listened to it at 1.5 speed. We all need to walk and bike more.. .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 01-02-18

Politicians & Civil Engineers

Politicians and civil engineers must read this book. This is another example of how we must analyze and rethink how we live our lives.

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