New Land Of Opportunity, Edward Glaeser, Forbes Asia, 5-03-11
(This article ran on Forbes.com on 4-20-11 and is in the print magazine dated 5-9-11)
Perhaps most important, cities impart skills. Our greatest gift as a species is our ability to learn from the people around us, and we do that most effectively in cities.
In America young traders go to Wall Street to learn their skills in the center of the financial maelstrom. But migrants to Dharavi are also learning skills no less valuable
to them, whether core crafts like tailoring or more ephemeral insights into the grocery demands of urban consumers.
What Rankings Show About Cities, Edward Glaeser, New York Times Economix, 5-03-11
The human mind seems to crave the order that comes from rankings. Lists of top football teams, best colleges, greatest shortstops or sopranos of all time all have considerable
appeal, even if there is no obvious value to the ranking. Lists of cities have a comparable appeal, and so two recent reports have ranked global cities in some interesting
ways. A report by McKinsey's Global Institute, "Urban World: Mapping the Economic Power of Cities," provides us with predictions about the economic future of the world's
What Crisis?, Edward Glaeser, Boston Globe, 4-07-11
Battered bridges and ruined roads should be repaired, but any larger federal infrastructure agenda should be approached with caution because the crisis has been oversold,
and the current political climate practically ensures massive misspending.
How Skyscrapers Can Save the City, Edward Glaeser, The Atlantic, March 2011
The success of our cities, the world's economic engines, increasingly depends on abstruse decisions made by zoning boards and preservation committees. It certainly makes
sense to control construction in dense urban spaces, but I would replace the maze of regulations now limiting new construction with three simple rules.
Detroit's Decline and The Folly of Light Rail, Edward Glaeser, Wall Street Journal, 3-25-11
The Census just reported that Detroit's population dropped by 25% between 2000 and 2010, a stunning fall that is even larger than the 20% drop Detroit
experienced during the 1970s. The story of this city's devastating decline reminds us that urban fortunes depend on entrepreneurial human capital.
Behind Census Numbers, Edward Glaeser, Boston Globe, 3-24-11
. . .The shape of our state and the nation is now formed by the most parochial local land use policies that make it impossible for the new building that would
allow the state to grow in the areas where people most want to live. We should rethink the local regulations that push growth to other states.
Our Best Plan For Growth Is To Set Our Cities Free, Edward Glaeser, Financial Times, 3-7-11
Advanced economies are struggling to find an economic path past recession. On Sunday, David Cameron, the UK prime minister, promised an assault on the "enemies
of enterprise", while US president Barack Obama used January's state of the union speech to promote jobs and competitiveness. But this new dash for growth is
too often a battle of old ideas. To turn the corner, it must instead embrace the innovation that emerges naturally in our great urban centres. . .
Not a Carbon Copy of the U.S., Edward Glaeser, Los Angeles Times, 2-28-11
If per capita carbon emissions in China and India rose to car-happy U.S. levels, global emissions would increase by 127%, according to the International Energy
Agency. If their emissions stopped at the levels found in hyper-dense Hong Kong, world emissions would go up less than 24%. As the Asian economies prosper,
the United States should hope that they embrace the skyscraper more than the car, and we should reform our own policies that subsidize sprawl. . .. . .
City Air Still Makes You Free, Edward Glaeser, The Boston Globe, 2-24-11
The uprising in Egypt has been called a Facebook revolution, and Twitter has been given credit for toppling a Tunisian strongman, but virtual communities
only end dictatorships by conjuring real urban mobs. . .
Can Detroit Find the Road Forward?,
Edward Glaeser, New York Times Economix, 2-22-11
During the Super Bowl, Chrysler and Eminem gave us a chest-thumping, soul-lifting vision of Detroit as a city of character, competence and style. But the
Census tells us that per-capita incomes in Detroit are barely half the national average and that one-third of the city lives in poverty. . .
To Get America Growing Again, It's Time to Unleash Our Cities,
Edward Glaeser, New York Times Economix Blog, 2-14-11
Cities are at the heart of a competitive and global future, but even though the evidence is all around us, and even though mounds of data stare us squarely in
the face (our country would be 43 percent richer if every area was as productive as New York), we don't seem to get it. . .
Why NYC (Still) Rocks,
Edward Glaeser, New York Post, 2-6-11
How has New York remained so strong? The secret to the city’s enduring strength is not a specific industry or a political leader but rather its unequaled ability
to bring millions of people together and enable them to educate each other. Humanity’s greatest gift is our ability to learn from the people around us. No place
has ever done that better than New York. . .
If We Build It, They Will Come,
Edward Glaeser, Boston Globe Magazine, 1-23-11 (This article was linked on
Real Clear Politics on 1-23-11)
There's no question that the growth of cities and regions depends on economic success. People have followed the money throughout US history. In the 19th century,
farmers fled our rocky soil for fertile Ohio. Some of our skilled entrepreneurs also sought opportunities elsewhere, such as William Le Baron Jenney, who
designed landmark skyscrapers in Chicago, and Hiram Walker, who became a whiskey magnate in Detroit. . .