- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374168237
- ISBN-13: 978-0374168230
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highly recommend it for any urban studies nerd, and would encourage you to additionally read Walkable City and Street Smarts as companion pieces. Between those three books, they do a great job of giving you the history, the science, the statistics, and the possibilities for the future of smart, happy, walkable cities.
But the rest of the book makes up for it. I was fascinated to read about how proper cities are done, and how such improvements bring life and new experience into citizens' lives.
Living in post-USSR, I see a lot of examples of cities done wrong, not for people but for military parades. So it was like a fresh air to read the thoughts I often had about problems that each one encounters in modern city life, and see these problems solved in communities around the world.
I really hope author does not give up on this topic, and will bring us more insight in how happy cities work and how they are built, hopefully with more examples from real cities all over the world.
Thank you for your hard work and good read, Charles.