Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Is the City Where You Should Be?

My latest post is online at City Journal and is called “Is the City Where You Should Be?.” It’s a book review of Leo Hollis’ Cities Are Good For You. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

From the High Line in New York to London’s Silicon Roundabout to the Dharavi slums in Mumbai to bicycling in Copenhagen, British writer and urban historian Leo Hollis offers a broad and sumptuous survey of contemporary urban life in his new book, Cities Are Good For You. Unfortunately, his claim doesn’t quite stick, as Hollis never fully explains what the vignettes and case studies he has assembled add up to—while his scrupulous reporting uncovers plenty of unflattering urban details. The reader comes away with only a vaguely positive impression of cities’ potential to increase prosperity and improve lives.

Topics: Urban Culture

2 Responses to “Is the City Where You Should Be?”

  1. Robert Munson says:

    Thanks for the review. I now don’t need to add that book to my list.

    But I do want to add your “Meditations On the City.”
    Is it available on Nook?
    Or in my low level of technical expertise, I wonder if the “shared economy” (still not fully defined) has not evolved to sharing intellectual property between competitors (in the case of your book, between Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

  2. It’s not available on the Nook. I could probably uploaded it there but haven’t gotten around to it. Kindle software is available for a wide range of devices, not just actual Kindles.

The Urban State of Mind: Meditations on the City is the first Urbanophile e-book, featuring provocative essays on the key issues facing our cities, including innovation, talent attraction and brain drain, global soft power, sustainability, economic development, and localism. Included are 28 carefully curated essays out of nearly 1,200 posts in the first seven years of the Urbanophile, plus 9 original pieces. It's great for anyone who cares about our cities.

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