Are Cities Good for You?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chicago Skyline (Eric Allix Rogers/flickr)

Cities can deliver a better life and a better future world, argues Leo Hollis. In  Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis, he asks: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?


Leo Hollis

Comments [9]

gene from NYC

London, 1650??

Whatever happened to, uh, Rome? Alexandria?

Jul. 17 2013 01:18 PM

Rural people don't drive their kids to playgrounds. Their playgrounds are in their backyards.

Jul. 17 2013 12:28 PM
isabelle garcia from Brooklyn

Talking about Reclaimed Urban Space, Check this out:

Jul. 17 2013 12:27 PM
Peg from Finger Lakes NY

I'm very glad that most people want to live in cities. It makes my rural life so much more pleasant knowing that little land development will happen near me. Modern digital communication makes rural life even better, since rural dwellers can easily share in the "exchange of ideas" that mass urban life generates.

Keeping the "hinterlands" unpopulated is better for the environment. All city dwellers benefit from clean water and healthy food that our unpopulated regions supply to them. And, cities are a great place to visit. So glad that most people can handle living so close to each other.

Jul. 17 2013 12:25 PM
Ken from UWS

I've lived here for 32 years, which is the last time I owned a car. The paradox about NYC for me is that you don't need to own a car but the worst thing about the city is the cars (noise, danger, pollution).

Jul. 17 2013 12:24 PM
Stafford "wQueens7" Gregoire from Woodside

I would like to hear about what the commentator says about the suburbs and exurbs of the United States where pedestrian-ism is stamped out in favor of the automobile. Are suburbs cities? Do the benefits you might see in NYC or Boston or Chicago applicable to the sprawls of the southwest?

Jul. 17 2013 12:22 PM
Amy from Manhattan

When Mr. Hollis talked about the 1st time cities got big enough that you could see someone you don't know walking down the street, did anyone else think of Trayvon Martin?

Jul. 17 2013 12:21 PM

Thomas Jefferson advocated for the placement of state capitals NOT to be the major cities, already established, and not necessarily in the geographic center of the respective states, but so as to not have the "mob rule" of the population centers (& financial centers [read: Federalist party]), preferring the gentleman-farmers to have a more considerable voice...and we can see this in the Republican anti-city sentiments today.

Jul. 17 2013 12:21 PM
antonio from baySide

Does Mr. Hollis believe the sprawl of the suburbs can be transformed or refit? Or do we need them to contrast how important cities are in the first place?

Jul. 17 2013 12:15 PM

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